Calendula/Marigold (Calendula off icinalis) 2oz/59ml Herbal Extract / Tincture - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Featured Herb
Calendula has a noteworthy place among our native herbs. It is found in many gardens in the country, sometimes growing wild on wastelands. Since its healing powers have become recognized again and are in demand, it is now met not only in gardens, but also in fields. Calendula reaches a height of 30 to 40 cm. Its flower heads are bright yellow to orange. Stems and leaves are fleshy and sticky to the touch. There are several varieties with full flower heads, with dark or light stamens. Should its flower heads be closed after 7 o'clock in the morning, it will rain the same day. It was considered a rain indicator in earlier times. In folk medicine the plant's flowers, stems and leaves are gathered and used. Gathering should occur in bright sunshine. It can be picked fresh in the garden well into late autumn, if free from mildew.
Infusion: 1 heaped teaspoon of herbs to 1/4 litre of water. Sitz bath: Two heaped double handfuls of fresh or 100 gm. of dried herbs for one sitz bath (see General Information "sitz bath").
Washings: 1 heaped tablespoon of herbs to 1/2 litre of water. Tincture: 1 handful of flowers are macerated in 1 litre of alcohol. Keep in the sun or at about 20° C. (68° F.) for 14 days.
Ointment: 2 heaped double handfuls of Calendula (leaves, stems, flowers) are finely chopped. 500 gm. of lard are heated and the chopped Calendula is added, stirred, the pan removed from the stove, covered and left to stand for a day. The next day it is warmed, filtered through a piece of linen and poured into previously prepared clean jars.
Fresh juice: Leaves, stems and flowers are washed and, still wet, put into the juice extractor.