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Calendulas: October’s Beautiful Birth Month Flower

October Birth Month Flower: Calendula

Bring home blooms of calendulas, October’s flower, this month!

When we think of October’s plant life, we tend to think of pumpkins. However there is a beautiful, pumpkin-colored bloom that we might not know about it perhaps it shouldn’t be overlooked.

The calendula is the official Birth Month Flower of October. When they bloom, these colorful flowers are bright orange, making them the perfect way to bring fall hues home.

The calendula has a variety of uses besides beautifying a space, too. Gardeners plant it to naturally repel insects, and cooks use dried calendula to spice up food and add color to plates. Dried calendula has also been used as a fabric dye.

What’s more, this flower is called on in herbal medicine. Calendula has been used to treat headaches, stomach aches, and menstrual cramps. It can also be turned into an ointment and applied to wounds, bites, and other irritations!

Dating as far back as to European medieval times, calendula was called the poor man’s saffron and it too was used then as now to color and spice foods, particularly soup.  They also used it to dye hair and to make butter look more yellow.

Astrologically associated with the sun and the fire element, calendula was believed to imbue magical powers of protection and clairvoyance, and even to assist in legal matters. Flowers strung above doorposts were said to keep evil out and to protect one while sleeping if put under the bed. It was said that picking the flowers under the noonday sun will strengthen and comfort the heart.

Calendula was used in ancient times in India as well, and according to Ayurvedic healing principles is energetically cooling and has a bitter and pungent taste. It was employed as vulnerary, antispasmodic, alterative and used on minor wounds, as an eyewash, to soothe bee stings, and for digestive disturbances.

Clearly, this beautiful blossom has a variety of uses and has been around and provided comfort for centuries.  Bring it into your home and celebrate October.

The Maria Sanchez Show hopes that these colorful blossoms help you add some visual interest to your home and yard this October!

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