By Lynn Kirkland Herb of the Week for 27th June
We have had the shortest day and many of the herbs are resting quietly waiting for spring.
Not all herbs go into a dormant phase, indeed there are some which enjoy the cooler weather and then there are those which grow all year like the ones in the photo.
Calendula officinalis are the old fashioned marigolds which have been used for generations as a superb skin healer and skin softener.
are annual herbs which mean that they complete their life cycle in one year.
However as they readily self sow they appear in the garden in all the seasons.
The bright yellow and orange flowers provide a spot of colour in the garden and brighten up your spirit when you see them on a grey wet day.
The ones in the photo have self sown by the car park and like many plants who choose their own place to grow these calendulas are robust and are flowering prolifically.
We pick the flowers on a sunny day and make calendula oil and calendula tincture to use in our healing and skincare products where these ingredients have emollient, antiseptic and circulatory properties.
The flower petals can be used in salads or soups and they can be used for teas and infusions to put in the bath.
They are a true example of botanical simplicity which is something that herbs can teach us. The original varieties of plants, used in a simple manner have outstanding effective results.
In the words of Albert Einstein "Things should be
made as simple as possible, but not any simpler." The growing and using of
herbs in the home for first aid uses fits this philosophy perfectly.