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Calendula is an annual plant with cheerful orange or yellow flowers that blooms in the spring. Every gardener should grow calendula, not only for the color, but also for the herbal properties of the flower.
Uses: wound healing, burns, stings, varicose veins, thrush, gastritis, painful periods, inflamed and ulcerated conditions, warts and corns (sap), and callouses.
Preparation Methods: creams, salves, infused oils, essential oil, herbal tea, tincture, and poultice.
Caution: Avoid during pregnancy, may cause allergic reactions, people sensitive to ragweed or other plants in the daisy family.
Lisa Ray, Herbalist
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