Calendula has been a symbol of sunshine and fire for many centuries. In India, calendula flowers were traditionally included in wedding bouquets and decorations to symbolize passion and creativity or fertility for the new couple. They were also laid at the feet of or hung in wreathes about statues of the Gods and Goddesses in India. Lakshmi and Ganesh were particularly connected with the energies of calendula, which included wishes for wealth, health, and success in business.

In Mexico, they’re often planted near the front door to draw wealth and sunny spirits into the home. In Victorian Flower Language, Calendula were included in a bouquet to communicate the idea that the giver’s thoughts were with the recipient. They were often included in arrangements for grief and loss, such as funerals, and could be used to communicate the ideas of grief and cruelty. Victorians connected Calendula with the birth month of October, underscoring the connection Calendula has with death and funerals but also with the idea of the sun’s path across the sky. Calendula’s bright orange and yellow blossoms offered warmth and comfort as the natural world moved into the cold, dark months of winter.

As a flower essence, Calendula is used to help those who have a hard time communicating clearly learn to do so with warmth, opening them to receive the messages of others and communicate from their hearts in a way that engenders understanding. Calendula is used to help people learn to use words as a Spiritual force, one that’s receptive of and open to creative and healing communication.

Calendula flowers are generally bacteriostatic, meaning they surround bacteria so that it cannot wreak havoc on the system. If you’re making flower essence of Calendula, it would be wise to ask permission to float a blossom or two in the water as it charges, particularly if you’re making the essence to help yourself or someone else learn how to reshape their words into forms that are less difficult for their audience to receive. This is especially helpful for those who are often accused of being sharp-tongued or argumentative even when they’re trying to deliver their message gently.