If you grow Calendula (Calendula officinalis) in your herb garden, it is like having a spot of sunshine in your yard.
Not surprisingly, calendula has a strong connection with the sun and can be used in solar magic. Due to this, calendula is considered to be one of the magical herbs.
This post will teach you more about calendula magical properties as well as its other spiritual benefits. We also will go over household uses and healing properties.
Calendula Magical Properties
If there were one word to describe the magical properties of calendula (other than “sunny”), it would be “auspicious.” The bold energy of this herb helps you project warmth, beauty and confidence. In return, it attracts safety, fortune, and success to your door.
○ Calendula Evokes the Power of the Sun
Just gazing at calendula’s warm blossoms, you can get an instant feel for its spiritual resonance. The golden and orange hues instantly make you feel like you are basking in the light of the sun, even if the day is cloudy.
Here are some ways you can incorporate calendula’s solar powers into your magic:
- Make offerings of calendula to sun deities such as Ra or Helios.
- Charge ritual tools or offerings with solar power by using a smoke wand or smudge stick containing calendula.
- Consider combining calendula and chamomile in your rituals for double the solar magic.
○ Welcome Summer Into Your Life
The sunny, summery energy of calendula can lift you up when you are stuck in winter—whether that be the actual season of winter or wintry feelings or situations.
Burning some calendula or sipping some calendula tea can help you bring about a change of seasons.
If you are struggling with hard times, say a manifestation before you drink your tea. For example, if you are out of work, you could say, “I finally got a new job. The winter of scarcity is at an end, and I am now at the dawn of my financial summer.”
Know the moment you say your intention; the Universe is working to bring you what you desire.
○ Calendula for Household Protection
An old tradition for household protection was to put calendula under the bed. This was supposed to prevent break-ins and thefts.
Nothing can replace solid locks on your doors and a functioning alarm system, but there is no reason you cannot also use calendula for its protective effects.
Sprinkling some under your bed may help keep your sleeping space clear of negative energies. While it may not stop physical intruders from breaking into your home, it could prevent spiritual intruders from entering your space.
Plus, just knowing the calendula is there may help you feel safe and protected. If so, you might get a more restful night of sleep.
○ Attract Prosperity with Calendula
With its yellow colour, calendula calls to mind not only the sun but also gold and wealth. This makes it a wonderful choice for your prosperity spells.
Here are some ways you could use calendula to draw money and wealth into your life:
- Some practitioners recommend soaking in salt baths to attract money. Try adding calendula to the bath to give this ritual more power.
- Burn calendula while saying an affirmation or chant to bring money into your life.
- Roll up a dollar bill and place it in a sachet with some calendula to represent your intention. Carry the sachet with you everywhere.
○ Calendula Gives You a Sunny Allure
Calendula is a popular ingredient in a wide range of beauty products. We will talk about some ways you can use calendula in your beauty routine in our section below on household uses for this herb.
Calendula is also believed to have spiritual powers for increasing beauty. Specifically, it can help your inner beauty shine through your appearance like the radiant light of the sun.
When you apply calendula-based beauty products, look in the mirror and say affirmations about your appearance.
For instance, you could say, “I am beautiful inside and out. My beauty shines like the sun and is noticed by all.”
○ Enhance Confidence and Leadership with Calendula Chakra Clearing
One of the ways in which calendula helps your inner beauty shine is through unblocking and aligning your solar plexus chakra.
This chakra’s colour is yellow, just like the blooms of calendula flowers. It is the seat of confidence and leadership. Here is a simple meditation to help you open this chakra:
- Burn calendula.
- Close your eyes and visualize your solar plexus chakra.
- Recite any Solar plexus chakra affirmations which will attune you into the vibration.
- Imagine it brightening like the sun, or blossoming like a calendula flower, emitting a confident yellow glow.
Once this chakra is unblocked, it may be easier for you to influence others, express your inner beauty, and attract opportunities.
Healing Properties and Household Uses for Calendula
While calendula is a must-have herb for any magical practitioner, it also is a must-have addition to your beauty routine.
Let’s talk about how you can use calendula for personal care, along with a couple of other household uses.
○ Calendula for Skin and Hair Care
Calendula is amazing for natural skincare. WebMD explains that the topical application of calendula tea can heal your skin. It also is anti-inflammatory, which makes it a soothing treatment. Additionally, its antioxidants help fight free radicals associated with ageing.
You can add this herb to homemade soaps, lotions, balms, salves, oils, and more.
Additionally, calendula can lighten your hair and nourish your scalp. Here is how to use it:
- Boil apple cider vinegar with calendula.
- Strain out the calendula.
- Add the apple cider vinegar/calendula mix to a jar.
- Mix a tablespoon of the ACV/calendula with a cup of water.
- Pour it over your hair in the shower and let it air-dry.
Combine calendula with chamomile in your hair rinse for extra lightening!
○ Make a Homemade Dye
You can make dye using calendula flowers. The colour you get varies based on what type of fibre you are dying. You might get a yellowy colour or a brown or greenish hue. Find full instructions for making calendula dye here.
○ Calendula in the Kitchen
With its bright hue, calendula may be useful for natural food colouring. In fact, this blog explains how you can use calendula to create yellow sprinkles for desserts. It is a fun and easy project with stunning (and delicious) results.
Frequently Asked Questions about Calendula
You may have some questions before you start using calendula for magic, personal care, and more. Let’s take a look at some answers to a few FAQs.
Is calendula the same as chamomile?
No. Calendula is Calendula officinalis. The name “chamomile” may broadly refer to any of a number of different plants, but most commonly, Matricaria recutita or Anthemis nobilis.
That said, chamomile and calendula possess similar spiritual and physical properties since they both belong to the aster family.
Is calendula the same as marigold?
Calendula is sometimes referred to as a “pot marigold.” In that sense, yes, calendula is a marigold.
Usually, though, when people talk about “marigolds,” they mean members of the Tagetes genus.
Those flowers have similar orange and yellow hues, but they have a “fluffier” appearance than calendula. So, calendula is not that type of marigold.
How do you grow calendula?
Rich, well-draining soil is best for calendula plants. They can be grown in full sun or in partial shade. During the hottest time of the year, they will need around an inch of water weekly.
How do you harvest calendula?
After your calendula flowers bloom, you can harvest them. Just pluck off the flowers. Do not wait too long; the fresher blossoms are more potent.
How do you store calendula?
You can air dry calendula flowers, but the process will go more rapidly if you use a dehydrator. Make sure they are dried through before you store them! The inner part of the flower may hold moisture longer than you expect. Once they are dry, keep them in an airtight container.