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Monday, July 17

Teaching Kids About Herbs : Calendula


July's herb is Calendula........the magic skin herb that will soothe your sunburn!

Calendula
Just the Facts
  • Plant Description : Calendula flowers are often tall, with green leaves and yellow-orange flowers.
  • Parts to use : Flowers
  • Used primarily for : Bee sting, cuts / sores, skin inflammation, sunburn
  • You can make : Tea, salve, oil, lip balm

Projects
  • Calendula Salve : Mix 2 ounces of dried calendula with 1 cup olive oil.  Simmer 20 minutes on low heat (with your parent’s help).  Melt ½ ounce beeswax into a different pan and then pour in the herbal mixture to make a cream.  (If it is too hard, add oil.  If it is too soft, add beeswax.)  Spread on skin as needed.
  • Calendula Oil : Put herbs (dried herbs work better than fresh) into a glass jar and cover with oil.  Set into a cool, dark place and shake daily.  Leave 3-5 days before straining out flowers.  Store oil in a glass jar in a cool, dark place.  Place 3 drops oil in ear for earache, as needed.  Rub onto cuts / scrapes  / rashes, as needed. 

Do it Yourself!
  • DIY Resources :  Use the hardware resources listed here, along with dried calendula and beeswax.
  • Not ready to DIY? :   Try the Calendula Cream, Calendula Oil, or Calendula Salve.
  • Fun Bonus : Calendula was the original yellow dye for cloth.  Make a bit pot of very strong calendula tea, then strain out the flowers.  Place your cloth into the tea, add 1 tsp salt, and let simmer on low heat (very low heat) for at least an hour (and up to five hours, depending on how dark you want it).  Rinse cloth out and allow to dry, and you’ve just performed the original method tie-dye!  
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