APR 2017

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[20] • DAYSPA • april 2017 in focus by Rachel Kossman © GETTY IMAGES Calendula ese potent, versatile and vibrant blossoms are incredible aids both inside and out of the treatment room. K nown by its signature brilliant orange and yellow fl owers, calendula is a group of approximately 20 species of marigold that are classifi ed as part of the daisy family. The most common, Calendula offi cinalis (often referred to as English marigold or pot marigold), grows one to two feet high and blooms annually between late spring and late fall. Calendula petals are edible and slightly zesty—they can be sprinkled raw into salads, brewed as a tea or cooked in soups or stews—but the fl ower is renowned in the skincare arena too. Read on to discover why estheticians love this common garden plant. A Calendula blooms should be harvested in the summer, on hot days when resins are high and dew has evaporated. A To maintain its bright color, calendula is dried carefully at low temperatures. A In Medieval Europe, calendula was "poor man's saff ron." Today, it's used as a spice and natural coloring in icings, custards, rice and other foods. A The fl owering herb grows quickly and reseeds itself, making it easy to cultivate in pots or a garden. QUICK FACTS

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