Spring has sprung and with the 80 degree days just around the corner, we find ourselves relying more and more on plant magic to help heal the plethora of eventual summer ailments. Did you know that many common plants/”weeds” contain protective chemicals that can help you fight off bug bites, sore muscles, poison ivy, digestive upset, and so so much more? This is why I love the vast world of herbal medicine. It’s one part science, one part intuition, and all history. This week, I’ve been getting more and more excited about our calendula. We have it growing throughout our perennial beds (still early days though) and will have it in the pollinator beds in the Pick-Your-Own area later in the season. Picking calendula not only creates a sunny, yet delicate bouquet for you and your loved ones but it also could serve as a powerhouse medicinal plant. Below is a list of just a few calendula ideas, but there are always SO many more things you can do with plants so I definitely would advise you, if you have any interest in plant medicine, to look into the benefits of calendula a bit further.