Common name Calendula, Marigold

Latin name Calendula officinalis

Parts used Flowers

System affinities

Marigolds are sympathetic to the skin, and circulatory system.

Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Calendula is an analgesic, vulary, and alterative.  It is particularly effective in treating skin conditions such as wounds, cuts, blisters, and rashes due to its drying properties.  It is indicated for the pitta dosha.  

Taste and quality

Calendula is bitter and pungent.


Calendula is indicated for a variety of skin conditions.  It is a good treatment for, burns, wounds, blisters, rashes, dry skin, and psoriasis.  


History and lore

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all loved calendula and used it for culinary and healing purposes. During the medieval period, it was considered a cure for just about everything. During the Renaissance, it was a popular garden flower and commonly used as a pot herb earning it the name pot marigold. It was said that if the marigolds didn’t open by 7 am there would be a thunderstorm.


It is native to southern Europe, though its long history of cultivation makes its precise origin unknown. It is also widely naturalised farther north in Europe (as far as southern England) and elsewhere in warm temperate regions of the world.

Dosing and formulas