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The distinctive golden-yellow flowers of calendula have long been a favourite of both gardeners and herbalists. Calendula is sometimes referred to as 'pot marigold', but should not be confused with other marigolds, such as Tagetes erecta, the Mexican or Aztec marigold.
The petals, with their slight aromatic bitterness are used in fish and meat soups, rice dishes, salads, and as a coloring for cheese and butter. The whole flower was used as a garnish in medieval times.
Uses of Calendula Calendula salve, for example, is a useful and versatile product to keep in the first-aid kit or home medicine chest. In addition to treating minor cuts and abrasions, the salve is great for chapped lips and diaper rash. You can use calendula teas as a mouthwash for gum and tooth infections, a gargle for sore throats and tonsillitis, and a sitz bath for genital inflammation or hemorrhoids. Or I drink the tea to help treat bladder infections or stomach ulcers.