Calendula, also known as pot marigold or common marigold (Calendula officinalis), is a beautiful flowering plant with bright orange petals that can be used for many different purposes. It is a hardy annual plant that grows easily in flower beds, borders, cottage gardens, cutting and herb gardens or pots and containers. It is a drought-tolerant plant and grows well in most climates. Calendula has been used in herbal medicine for its anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. It is also an antioxidant and immunomodulatory herb. Studies have shown that it can help to reduce oxidative stress and increase phagocytosis by polymorphonuclear leukocytes. It can also be used to treat mouth ulcers and soothe irritated gums, aid in preventing inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract, ease menstrual cramps, decrease gastric upset, treat varicose veins, relieve cold and flu symptoms and more.
The flowers of the calendula plant have a mild and pleasant taste that makes them an excellent addition to any herbal smoke blend. It can be smoked as it is, or it can be added to other herbs like chamomile and lavender for a soothing effect that helps to calm the nervous system and relieve tension. It can also be added to formulas intended for treating pain, because it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Smoking it may induce sleepiness and may interact with some sedative medications, so it is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions. It may also cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family of plants, which includes ragweed and chrysanthemums.