Calendula is a beautiful ornamental herb with golden blossoms that are effective for treating a variety of common maladies. From fevers, to skin problems to muscle spasms, calendula flowers will often help ease discomfort and painful symptoms. Dry calendula flowers in a food dehydrator to preserve them indefinitely and you will have the dried petals available whenever you need them.
Place the harvested calendula flowers into the colander and run a light spray of water over them to wash the blossoms. Shake the excess water from the blossoms by shaking the colander.
Spread three to four layers of paper towels onto the counter and pour the blossoms from the colander out onto the paper towels. Pat the blossoms dry with additional paper towels to remove as much water as possible.
Remove the individual petals from the blossoms carefully. Separate the petals as you remove them and place them directly onto the trays of the food dehydrator in a single layer. Discard the green under-portions of the blossoms when you reach them. Continue removing the petals and placing them in a single layer onto the dehydrator trays until every petal is separated.
Assemble the trays in the dehydrator and plug the dehydrator in. Turn it on and set the temperature to 90 degrees F. Allow the dehydrator to run for two to three hours and check the petals. If they are completely dry, stop the dehydrator. If you still detect moisture in the petals, continue drying the petals for another 30 to 60 minutes and check them again. Turn the dehydrator off when the petals dry completely.
Allow the calendula petals to cool down to room temperature and then place them into the airtight plastic container.