Last week it was a treat to see trees in many shades of color in Upper Michigan. I was also delighted to see some flowers still in bloom—roses and calendula.
Calendula is sunshine bright
It is also a useful herb. The dried petals of the flower have been called poor man’s saffron—it can be added to rice and baked goods.
According to The Complete Herb book by Jekka McVicar, calendula flowers contain antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties that promote healing.
I have steeped calendula flowers in water that has just boiled to make a tea that is soothing to mucous membranes. I have also made a salve from dried calendula flowers.
The flowers can come is a variety of shades of yellow and orange, but the leaves always look the same.