Flower Powered Carrot Salad

Another Food Mandala

I love the look of a meal garnished with edible flowers. This simple salad includes-

  • Calendula flowers- Thought to clear toxins, act as an anti inflammatory, Inhibit the growth of candida and other bacteria. Provide several minerals and nutrients.
  • Borage Flowers-Support the health of bladder, kidneys and adrenals. Have been used to treat cough, fever, and colds. May help with the symptoms of menopause, arthritis, and eczema. Can create a positive attitude and be used for grief. Contain vitamin C and fatty acids.
  • Marshmallow flowers-Believed to act as an anti inflammatory. Support the bones, lungs, bladder, and intestines. Have been used as an immune, nutritive, and childhood tonic. Contain several vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids.
  • Sage Flowers-Support digestion and improve resistance to infection. Have been used in the treatment of colds, hot flashes, blood clots, flu, fever, migraines. Support transitions related to menstrual cycles and menopause. Contain several vitamins and minerals.

Other edible flowers from an herb garden include-hibiscus, lavender, rosemary, thyme, chamomile, oregano, chive, nasturtiums, and violets.

The Salad Recipe

2 cups of shredded red cabbage

2 cups of shredded carrot

1/2 cup of raw shredded beet

1/4 cup of diced chive or green onion

1TBSP of finely chopped basil

1 TBSP of finely chopped mint

Dressing-1/2 cup of virgin olive oil, 2 tsp of toasted sesame oil, 3 TBSP of lime juice, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 cup of honey. Mix all ingredients well and toss with the salad in a bowl. Serve.

Adapted from the Herbalist’s Kitchen, Cooking and Healing with Herbs by Pat Crocker.

As you can see just adding edible flowers to a meal can get all kinds of hidden vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and healing qualities into your body. I hope that you try experimenting with new ingredients when you cook next time. Let me know how it goes.


Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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