I love learning new things, and as a Holistic Nutritionist and Flower and Nature Essence Practitioner, I am constantly learning new and powerful ways that nature can help support us on our healing journey.
At any given time, I am usually enrolled in some sort of course or learning endeavour meant to further broaden my horizons as both a practitioner, and a person on my own healing journey. Right now, I am enjoying learning more about nature essences in through the Star Flower and Gemstone Essence Practitioner Certification Program.
I have been using the Star Flower and Gemstone Essences in my practice to help clients heal themselves on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – since 2009, and am enjoying delving deeper into the rich world of vibrational medicine that Star Riparetti presents in her online course.
As part of her learning experience, Star takes participants on a “virtual walk/meditation” to learn more about the Santa Barbara, California flower essences. While on the hike, participants are asked to take note of a particular flower that calls to them, and to create an art project based on the flower. My flower “ally” from this virtual walk was the sunny Calendula flower.
I often share insights from my own personal journey with clients and the practitioners I coach, and thought that this herbal ally would be a great topic for this month’s blog post. At the end of this blog I will share the Haiku (a short poem of 3 lines and 17 syllables, 5-7-5 syllables per line) that I submitted as my assignment for this part of the course.
Calendula officinalis (marigold), a beautiful, vibrant orange flower affectionately known as the “herb of the sun”, has long been used by herbalists and other natural health practitioners to heal, soothe, and nurture – body, mind, and soul.
Physically, calendula is commonly used in creams and ointments to soothe the skin from burns, cuts, itching, and all forms of irritation. Midwives recommend Calendula ointment to soothe cracked and irritated nipples in new breastfeeding mothers. Some practitioners also recommend Calendula ointment to soothe radiation burns in breast cancer patients.
Stomach aches, inflammation of the intestines, ulcers, and viral infections are some common uses of calendula tea or tincture. Calendula tincture of tea can also be used to promote menstruation and ease fevers.
Essential oil added to the bath calms and soothes the soul.
Calendula represents emotional warmth, receptivity and supports and enhances positive communication.
In her book Opening the Senses of the Soul, Master Herbalist and contemporary Medicine Woman Samantha Orthlieb states that
Calendula helps us be an advocate for our self by keeping better boundaries with others and protecting our right to our own identity. The warmth of this healing herb will help shift one from a hurtful and argumentative state and a lack of receptivity in communication with others to an open, receptive and compassionate heart.”
Orthlieb recommends Calendula in both tincture and essence form to support the goals stated above.
The Calendula essence from Star Essences is called “Art of Gentle Communication,” and is described as having the properties of soothing one’s soul and to support the reverent use of words. Star’s Calendula essence promotes receptivity and encourages one to be very gentle with oneself in every way.
Ointment, cream, tea, tincture, and essence; as a lover of Calendula in all its forms, I wanted to share the gifts that calendula brings to all of us.
And to leave you with this Haiku – the final result of my Star Essence Santa Barbara Flower assignment – honouring the spiritual qualities of Calendula:
Healing, soothing words
Power spoken gently, soft
Yet heard completely