Fostering relationship with nature has its own special set of challenges in a city type environment. It’s easy to find ourselves in habit of moving from building to building without noticing the greenery that grows all around us.
One of the easiest and most powerful ways to remember our inherent connectivity with nature is by taking care of a plant and creating medicine from it. This is a relatively low maintenance, but extremely beautiful process that assists in self-healing empowerment.
One of my favorite plants is calendula. It’s name refers to its tendency to bloom with the new moon. Calendula is a medicinal herb. The petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads or dried and used in tinctures and teas. It’s a hearty plant that is easy to grow and easy to care for.
Calendula is said to comfort the heart and spirits. When taken as a tea or tincture it cleanses the lymphatic system. The petals mixed with vinegar can be used as a poultice or pack over acute injuries to reduce inflammation. When placed over the heart it calms fevers, and reduces tremors. In instances of theft or robbery, calendula can be taken before bed, and it will bring visions of the perpetrator.
Tinctures made with calendula flowers help with varicose veins, ulcers, and circulatory obstructions. Called the flower of the sun and the astrological sign Leo, calendula is warming and pacifies both vata and kapha, while increasing pitta if taken in excess.
Solar Calendula Oil Recipe
4 Cups Sunflower Oil (I prefer over olive oil which maintains a strong scent after the oils is finished)
2 Cups Dried Calendula Flowers (Can be purchased dried through mountain rose organics)
1 Large Mason Jar
Put ingredients in sterile mason jar. Securely fashion lid. Place in a sunny area outside or near a window. Leave to sit for 4-6 weeks. Shake jar every day. The longer the oil will sit the better.
Oil can be used for: Dry and damaged skin, inflammation, diaper rash, and many skin disorders. Is generally safe for baby!