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Calendula officinalis

Few herbs have a more sunny and cheerful disposition than the humble Marigold. Their orange yellow flowers look like little herbal suns. No wonder one of the vernacular names for Marigold is ''Maidens of the Sun''. Nor is it a surprise that Culpeper gives the astrological rulership to the Sun in Leo. Just looking at them confers an infectious ''joie de vivre'', which Culpeper praises as their ability to ''gladden the heart''. Marigold is quite a miracle herb, but since it is such a common garden flower it receives scant attention as a medicinal herb. Marigold is a well loved garden plant, though some people resent its tendency to spread and consider it invasive. However, as a garden plant, Marigold protects other herbs and plants against fungal infections and insect attacks. It also provides cheer throughout the year - at least in mild climates, where it flowers almost all the year round until the frost kills it. But as soon as spring arrives it revives and its sunny flowers are unstoppable once again, except on rainy days when they stay closed. This is why the Romans called this herb ''Calendula'' - in their mild climate it spread its cheer for the entire duration of the calendar year.

One of Marigold's vernacular names is ''Death Flower'' and in older herbals one reads that they are often planted on graves. This is probably due to their seemingly immortal life force, which symboliSes the undying spirit and will give cheer to the departing souls. This immortal quality is also invoked in many a love charm intended to make love last forever - so it shall never wilt. Emotionally, Marigold can be used to lift the spirit and ''gladden the heart'' - to let the sunshine in and dispel gloom and doom.

A herbaceous ''green'' scent that blends well with Hyacinth, Elemi, Galbanum and Bergamot.

1ml* Dilution. 1ml: 9ml Light Coconut Oil.