Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Coming soon - Calendula/Vervain soap!

NEW THIS YEAR -- I grew Calendula flowers in my garden this summer, and the fragrant and healing petals will make a lovely addition to the vervain in my soap.

Calendula is another ancient healing herbal - this from Wikipedia:

"Calendula species have been used traditionally as culinary and medicinal herbs. The petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads or dried and used to color cheese or as a replacement for saffron. A yellow dye has been extracted from the flowers.

"Romans and Greeks used the golden calendula in many rituals and ceremonies, sometimes wearing crowns or garlands made from the flowers. One of its nicknames is 'Mary's Gold,' referring to the flowers' use in early Catholic events in some countries. Calendula flowers are sacred flowers in India and have been used to decorate the statues of Hindu deities since early times. The oil of C. officinalis is used as an anti-inflammatory, an anti-tumor agent, and a remedy for healing wounds."

My new batch of healing soap is under way, come back soon to see progress.

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