Saturday, June 25, 2011

Calendula Flower Essence for Loving Communication

Continuing with the Orange theme this week— Calendula.

The common name for this bright orange flower is the Pot Marigold but it’s also known as Mary’s Gold. It prefers full sun and doesn't bloom until the hottest part of the summer season. The plant can grow up to 18 inches high and it tolerates almost any kind of soil or situation.

Medicinally, Calendula is of great value in healing both internal and external wounds. It is cooling and drying in nature and has a pungent, slightly bitter taste. Only orange flowers are used for medicinal purposes.

The most significant feature of the Calendula plant is the sunny warmth of its flower made up of a multitude of radiating petals. Various cultures revered it as a symbol of the sun but many also associate it with sadness or death. One Greek myth tells of a young girl named Caltha who fell in love with Apollo, the sun god. She was melted by the power of his heat and from the place where she died grew a single calendula flower.

This myth gives a hint to the plant's use as a flower essence. Calendula is attracted to heat: it looks like the sun and wants to live in full sun and hot weather. Warmth is nurturing but for human beings too much heat is destructive. People who need Calendula tend to have a very Yang or searing red-hot argumentative personal style. They use heated words and are challenged in their personal relationships as a result. The flower essence helps one tune in to the cooler, Yin quality of receptiveness in human relationships while maintaining the essential warmth, restoring balance to human sun-gods who don't know when to back off.  It helps such a person exhibit more empathy (loving Mary-like nurturing) so communication is healing instead of harmful.

I use Calendula in my PMS, Menopause and Postpartum formula because it helps warm the soul while cooling an overheated disposition and counteracts the effects of negative hormonally induced mood swings. You know, the "raging bitch" syndrome. We don't need that and neither do those around us.

Calendula officinalis flowerPublic Domain Image via Wikipedia  

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