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We’re lucky that nowadays there are a lot of herb suppliers, so it’s convenient to purchase the majority of your herbs – especially if you live in a place where you don’t really have space to grow a garden. But there’s something really special about working with herbs that you’ve grown yourself. And, some herbs are really quite easy to grow – like calendula. So now that spring is on the way, let’s make a plan to grow your own calendula this year!
Calendula is easy to grow from seed, so it’s a great choice for new gardeners. The herb isn’t too picky about growing conditions, though it does want to get a good amount of sunlight every day. A large pot or a bucket of soil on the porch, or a window box, will do just fine for growing calendula.
It’s a very productive plant. You can harvest flower heads every day, and every day the plant will make new ones! So even from a small patch, you can gather enough medicine to be useful.
Once you’ve grown it, you can make some herbal remedies with calendula. It’s an excellent lymphatic herb, a wound-healer, a liver-protector, and a gentle but powerful antimicrobial (especially good for fungal skin infections). Calendula can help with edema and other stagnation patterns, and it’s a key ingredient in our gut-heal tea.
So there you go: plenty of reasons to grow your own calendula this year!
Just this week we wrapped up filming for our Integumentary (Skin) Health course – and calendula is a major star herb in this course! We cover acne, eczema, psoriasis, various infections, and lots more. The course is delivered by video in our interactive learning platform, and you get access to weekly Q&A sessions with Ryn & Katja.
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