sword+fern is a tiny artspace/general store/working jewelry design studio in portland, oregon.
new and anticipated arrivals are posted here, please view our online shop at www.swordandfern.com to purchase.
we hunt+gather obscure handmade objects from outsider artists+makers all over the world, with a focus on sustainably crafted goods.
sword+fern is for you+for me+for people
to be inside our own real, live mythology.
to build the landscape you're made of.
you are wild/ you are free/ you are home
Harvesting my Calendula officinalis today. I use the aerial flower parts to create a healing,moisturizing base for S+F lip care-combined with Oregon beeswax, essential oils, and Vitamin E, this is the stuff you need for ultimate lip health!
Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries all over the world-The calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or every new moon. The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and marigolds are used in Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary. The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century, calendula was used to color cheese. The calendula was originally used as food rather than as an herb. It adds flavor to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads. As recently as 70 years ago, American physicians used calendula to treat amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections of the skin.