Calendula officinalis

Ocululus Christi, Pot Marigold, Jin zhan ju (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Native to

North Africa, Mediterranean, Southern Europe

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Flowers

  • Herbs

  • Leaves

Medicinal Actions

Note: When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings.

  • Anti-Fungal: Stops or slows the spread of fungi

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Antibiotic: Prevents the growth or spread of bacteria

  • Antiseptic: Stops the growth of disease-spreaders

  • Antiviral: Stops or slows the spread of a virus

  • Cholagogue: Increases the flow of bile

  • Diaphoretic: Makes you sweat

  • Emmenagogue: Stimulates menstruations

  • Immunostimulant: Activates the immune system

  • Lymphatic: Supports the clearing and healthy drainage from tissues

  • Vulnerary: Helps to heal wounds

Divinities & Mythos

  • Xochiquezal (Aztec)


  • Dia de los Muertas 

  • Samhain

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Sun

  • Element(s): Fire

  • Gender: Feminine

  • Chakra(s): Sacral, Solar Plexus, Root

  • Taste: Bitter (mild)

  • Energy: Warming, Drying, Soothing demulcent

Warning: Pregnancy + Dopplegänger

As with all EMMENAGOGUES, do not use if you are pregnant as it can cause contractions of the uterus (which can be relaxing and even helpful for difficult periods). This particular plant is a mild emmenagogue but it should be used with extreme caution.

Doppelgänger Alert! While many (including the site's proprietors) believe all marigold to be created equal, alas we are thwarted. Garden Marigold is non-edible and is known in scientific terms as Tagetes spp. be careful when wildcrafting if you're looking to make a summer salad!

Magical Properties

  • Balancing Emotions

  • Beauty

  • Cleansing

  • Comfort to the Heart & Spirit

  • Consecration of Tools

  • Divination

  • Dream

  • Happiness

  • Healing

  • Heart healing

  • Honoring and remembering the dead (often a Dia de los Muertas or Samhain)

  • Hope

  • Intuition

  • Love

  • Luck in Legal Matters

  • Money

  • Moving stagnant energies

  • Nurtures Potential

  • Patience

  • Positive energy

  • Prophetic Dreams

  • Protection

  • Rejuvenation

  • Spiritual Protection

  • Success

  • Sustained Wealth

  • Tolerance

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?