August 26, 2016 – A bounty of culinary and medicinal herbs are currently being harvested, dried and processed at the Farm. In order to meet growing demand, plans are being developed to bring additional cropping capacity devoted to culinary and medicinal herb production. Our herbs are grown to satisfy demand from associates and for incorporation into our own proprietary health and wellness formulas, such as soaps, lotions and salves.
Calendula, shown in the photograph, is one herb we grow annually. An herbaceous plant, Calendula is in the Asteraceae family of daisy-like plants which many refer to as marigolds.
Native to southwestern Asia, western Europe, and the Mediterranean regions, Calendula species have been used traditionally as culinary and medicinal herbs for centuries. Their petals are edible and can be incorporated into fresh salads, dried and used to color cheeses, or as a replacement for saffron. Ancient cultures recognized its healing properties and in some early medical writings, Calendula was recommended for treating ailments of the digestive tract. It has also been used to detoxify the liver and gall bladder. The flowers have also been applied to cuts and wounds to stop bleeding, prevent infection, and facilitate the healing process. Calendula was also used for various women’s ailments, and to treat a number of skin conditions. Calendula oil is still used medicinally today an anti-inflammatory, an antitumor agent, and a remedy for healing wounds. If you haven’t been introduced to Calendula check it out. It is an extremely useful and powerful herb that can be grown well in your backyard garden. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.