Also called pot marigold, calendula is native to southern Europe and naturalized elsewhere, including North America. This annual herb features light, green foliage and clusters of single or double yellow flowers, (can also be orange or cream-colored). Calendula flowers are edible fresh or dried and lend a lovely color and light, fresh flavor to soups, teas and other beverages. The petals, which contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, including carotenoids such as lutein, are used to make nourishing skin oils, creams, lotions, facial serums and soaps. Hydrate skin and antiseptic that helps with eczema and rashes.