Substance that promotes healing

Watercolour, pastel, pencil and pigment ink on rag paper

From a series called Finders sharers, this work is about plants and community. The series references plant properties and botanical drawings, and explores ideas of food diversity, resilience and food plant relationships. Growing your own food and healthy, safe and affordable food for all inspired this series. Substance that promotes healing depicts Calendula officinalis. Calendula has a long tradition in folk medicine for wound healing, reducing inflammation and as a treatment for skin conditions such as acne. Dried flowers can be made into a tea infusion. It is easy to grow from seeds and it can also self-seed. Flower petals can be used in salads and cooking.

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by Laura Wills