Known as Herb of the Sun, the vibrant orange and yellow flowers of Calendula are said to lift the spirits and encourage cheerfulness. This colourful flowering plant is best known for its skin healing properties. It can be used to treat wounds, burns, insect bites, eczema, skin ulcers and rashes. An infusion of the petals can be used for treatment of flu and fevers as it helps to induce perspiration. And for ear infections, a drop of calendula oil on a cotton ball can be effective. The soothing properties of calendula in treating sore nipples and nappy rash is useful knowledge.