You may know calendula as marigold — perhaps you have some growing in your garden! Calendula petals have been known to have anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and are commonly used to infuse oils to make healing salves and balms. The resulting products can be helpful in speeding the healing of burns, bruises, cuts and minor infections.
The attractive golden petals (called “poor man’s saffron” in medieval Europe) lend a beautiful, sunny colour to soap, bath bombs and melts. The fresh flowers are also edible and make a gorgeous addition to a summer salad!