Calendula Seedlings

Calendula [Pot Marigold: not a true Marigold plant] is a lovely full headed flower used in salves, soap, lotions, creams, mouthwashes [gum and tooth infections] and teas [help treat bladder infections and ulcers of the stomach]. The leaves are also used for it’s medicinal properties in helping heal wounds and a skin soothing botanical. 🙂 It’s also great to treat those with chapped lips. ❤

I’ll be using the Calendula flowers in future salads, egg dishes, soups and stews. The dried petal form will be used in coloring-up tea cake loaves and Cinnamon/oat bread. 🙂

Germination of seeds to emerging takes five to fifteen days.
*Full sun lover. ❤

The Calendula seeds remind me of inch worms or Pillbugs. :)

The Calendula seeds remind me of inch worms or Pillbugs. 🙂

It only took five days to germinate. :D I am very thankful, due of how late in the season. If the herbs do not mature before the fall, that's okay. I can continue developing the herbs indoors with lighting and heat lamps. :)

It only took five days to germinate. 😀 I am very thankful, due of how late in the season. If the herbs do not mature before the fall, that’s okay. I can continue developing the herbs indoors with lighting and heat lamps. 🙂

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St. John’s Wort Salve

Making my first salve today. 😀
It shall consist of organic beeswax, St. John’s Wort and sunflower oil.

“The quickest method for making herbal salve combines the infusion and salve-mixing steps into one. Combine your herbs and oil to cover in a saucepan. Simmer for about half an hour (don’t overheat). Add melted beeswax (about 1/4 cup per cup of oil) to the oil. Stir, cool slightly, and strain through cheesecloth. Add essential oils and other ingredients, if desired. Mix well, pour into containers, and let set.”

Paragraph from: http://www.frontiercoop.com/learn/herbalsalves.php

You can find the recipe I am planning on using here:
http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/st-johns-wort-salve.html