Marigold (Calendula) Petals Whole

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Calendula, also known as Marigold in honor of the Virgin Mary, is a Mediterranean native in the daisy, aster and sunflower family that is also grown as an ornamental.

The bright yellow flowers were once used as a coloring agent for textiles and food, most notably cheese. Today, calendula petals are added to tea blends, and tinctured or infused in oil for use in creams, lotions, salves, lip balms and other cosmetic items.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound44
active compoundsSterols, Mucilage, Carotenes, Glycosides, Resins, Triterpenes, Flavonoids
plant part usedflowers
processingdried marigold petals

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a container with a tight-fitting lid in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaWispy, canary yellow petals.


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cosmeticAdd calendula petals to bar soaps or infuse in oil for use to make lotions, salves, lip balms and other topical products. May also be tinctured.
decorativeUse in potpourri mixtures.
culinaryUse in herbal tea blends and to enhance the color of broths and rice. May also be incorporated in to baked goods.
industrialCalendula is used in the food, beverage, fragrance, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

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[ tip: Combine marigold petals with lavender in soaps, lotions and other cosmetics. ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Company ]

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[ tip: Pair marigold petals with thyme in rice and soups. ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Company ]

Pair with thyme in rice and soups.

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Citrus-like with a peppery or bitter finish. Works well with peppermint, rose, cornflower, chamomile and lavender in cooking and in tea blends.

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what else you should know


Calendula is a European herb in the sunflower family that is also known as ruddles, marybud, pot marigold, summer's bride, husbandman's dial. The latter refers to the flower’s tendency to follow the sun. In fact, the genus name for Calendula is taken from the Latin phrase that means, “little clock.”

Historically, calendula has been used to produce various preparations for skin and hair. It is a traditional ingredient in soaps, salves and balms and in lotions and creams formulated to address dry or irritated skin. Calendula tea is used as a final rinse to add golden highlights to lighter shades of hair.

In cooking, calendula is a popular tea ingredient. The herb also lends subtle flavor and color to soups, broths and other liquids, as well as rice. In fact, calendula is often used as an alternative saffron, earning the herb the nickname “poor man’s saffron.”

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