Check out the lotions, oils, and creams you have in your bathroom, and you will soon discover that calendula is in a lot of products you own. Calendula, pronounced, "kuh·lend·yuh·luh" and otherwise known as pot-marigold has amazing antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
Easy to grow, drought-tolerant, good for your soil, and an excellent natural pest deterrent, this is one flower we love.
Here is a step by step guide on how to dry calendula so that you may start making your own salves, oils, soap, diaper rash cream ... and the list goes on!
Step one: Using a pair of gardening shears or scissors, snip at the base of the flower head, removing the flower.
Helpful Hint* Harvest in the morning or early evening, avoiding the middle of the day to prevent harming the plant.
Step two: Place the flowers on a cooling rack, or a paper towel, rotating every few days. Be sure to space the flowers at least an inch apart to allow for airflow to speed up the drying process.
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Step three: Remove the petals when they are dry to touch and easily separate from the stigma (middle of the flower). If the petal does not separate easily, this is an indication that the flower is not completely dry.
Helpful Hint* Do not rush the drying process. Petals that are not completely dried that are placed in a sealed container will mold and ruin the entire batch. Such a bummer after all of the waiting! It is best to err on the side of caution and wait a few extra days.
Step four: Store in a cool, dry place and the dried petals will last for one to five years.