I recently spent the afternoon collecting a bouquet of calendula flowering tops. A wonderful friend of mine is an herbalist and with fresh flowers can create tinctures condensed with the very essence and medicinal qualities of each herb that she grows. Calendula, a member of the marigold family, is specifically known for its skin healing elements.
Picked now and preserved, these qualities can become the base for essential oils, salves and skin creams; perfect for the upcoming winter when our hands and face will need it. Calendula petals can also be consumed fresh. Pluck the head of the flower and tumble it into your freshest most delicious green salad. I also recommend drying them and soaking in a calendula bath. Even better, sip with honey, drink tea and relax.

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