Thursday, September 20, 2012

the lovely marigold

How lovely it is to make great use of nature for healing and more
found here

Harvested Calendula, drying to be used in handcrafted healing + moisturizing, lip + body care.  Interesting to know "Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries all over the world-The calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or every new moon. The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and marigolds are used in Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary. The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century, calendula was used to color cheese. The calendula was originally used as food rather than as an herb." This info comes from Sword+Fern a great little shop+studio on the Oregon coast that I would cherish a visit to for so many reasons.

How dreamy it would be for me to use my own homegrown flowers to color cloth.  One day. One day.

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