Here is a wonderful annual flower that is not grown enough in the home garden. English marigold, better known as Calendula, is a beautiful flower that also possesses a multitude of health benefits. Rich in phytochemicals including lycopene, which is recommended to assist with the prostate and found in tomatoes, it is also rich in nutrients including – calcium, coenzyme Q10, vitamin C and vitamin E. It helps regulate the menstrual cycle, builds immunity, and lowers fever. As a compress it reduces inflammation and is soothing to the skin. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it is excellent for a baby that has diaper rash. Infuse an oil like Grapeseed for a couple months to keep on hand. Dried, it can also be put in sachets for the bath. Calendula tea or a calendula tea bath is not recommended for pregnant women. The entire plant above ground may be harvested, but usually young blooms are used. Naturally caffeine free, the taste and smell of this herbal tea is sweet and flowery. Plant as a companion near tomato plants to deter the hornworms.