|August is also known as wyrt, or green plant Moon. It is a time for celebrating health and vitality, family, and friends. Calendula officinalis, also known as ‘Pot Marigold' or ‘Scotch Marigold,' is abundant in August, with bright orange and yellow blossoms shaped like the summer sun. Known for its high levels of antioxidants that fight cancer-causing free radicals, calendula is also known to brighten the spirit and ward off depression. It also has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and bactericide qualities. An edible flower, it is great in summer salads and dishes, celebrating health and vitality. Invite friends and family to a potluck celebration. Encourage dishes that come from their gardens, their ovens, or their hands. Make a huge green salad with summer seasonal veggies, and adorn it with bright, edible calendula petals. As the sun shines upon you, soak in the radiant energy of friends, family, and healing calendula.