Learn about soothing calendula tea in this herbal guide to the gentle therapeutic properties of these pretty flowers. Read about the health benefits, the side effects, risks and uses. Plus, discover how to make a lovely cup of calendula flower tea.
Common Calendula Questions
Here are some commonly asked questions about this pretty yellow flower and the herbal infusion made from them.
What is Calendula?
More commonly known as Marigold flowers, calendula originates from Europe and Egypt but is commonly grown all over the world. This pretty yellow-orange flower has been used in herbalism for the treatment of many conditions for more than centuries. Calendula or calendula officinal, also known as the marigold flower or pot marigold, is part of the daisy family and is related to chrysanthemums and also ragweed. Marigolds are bright orange to yellow in colour and often referred to as ‘Mary’s Gold’ in Catholic Churches. Ancient Romans used edible marigold flowers in ceremonies as well as in herbal healing due to their amazing health benefits.
Are Marigold Edible?
Calendula flowers (also called marigold flowers) are edible non toxic flowers with medicinal health benefits. Marigold flowers and petals have long been used for medicinal and culinary purposes including in tea, in tonics, tinctures and in cooking too. Calendula is also known as ‘poor man saffron’ as it can be used to colour foods in the same way saffron or turmeric does.
What are the Health Benefits of Calendula?
Calendula is regularly used by herbalists for many health benefits including:
Skin health: For the treatment of skin conditions, calendula contains antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. All very important in soothing sensitive skin and aiding in the relief of sunburn, for the treatment of hemorrhoids and maybe beneficial for nappy rash in infants. This flower is also well known for soothing insect bites when applied topically. There are also reports that calendula will boost collagen production, help with hydration and firmness of the skin, and as such will boost the appearance of the skin. This report shows that the antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties may help with wound healing when applied topically.
Antioxidant goodness: Just like tea, calendula contains antioxidants including flavonoids. These flavonoids have anti-allergenic, anti inflammatory and antiviral properties. All this goodness makes calendula a great immune boosting herb.
Digestion: Calendula is also known to benefit the digestion and so is perfect in an after dinner tea. It is used in herbalism to ease tummy aches, menstrual cramping and may even help induce menstruation making it a great tea for periods.
Uses for Calendula*
Make tea: Number one has to be make a soothing cup of tea to enjoy! Make hot tea, cooled tea or add to sparkling water for carbonated tea with calendula flowers. Alternatively, make a hot tea toddy by brewing your flowers or petals, adding honey, lemon slices and a shot of brandy or whiskey for a soothing night time tipple.
Make ice cubes: Freeze the tea into ice cubes and enjoy iced tea whenever you want it. Alternatively use the frozen calendula tea to soothe itchy insect bites.
Make a bath soak: Add freshly brewed calendula tea to your bath to make a healing therapeutic bath soak.
Make a mouth rinse: Use as a natural mouth rinse or use as a gargle for sore throats.
Make a toner: Use the cooled tea as a facial toner.
Make skincare oil: Make calendula infused oil or ointment for hydration.
Make a hair rinse: Use cooled tea to rinse hair and relieve an itchy scalp.
Make a spray: Use cooled tea in a spray bottle to hydrate and relieve itchy dry skin.
*Herbal teas will only last up to 2 days stored in the fridge and therefore it is always best to freshly make the tea as and when needed.
What are the Side Effects?
Like all herbs and herbal remedies, side effects and allergic reactions can occur, especially to those that already have allergies to daisies. Some people will have allergic reactions to calendula flowers when either ingesting the herb or applying it topically. There are also reports that this herb may also interfere with and have adverse effects with sedatives and other medications.
What Does Marigold Tea Taste Like?
The tea made from these flowers isn’t entirely floral as you would expect, the taste is delicate but earthy with some astringency and bitterness. However, the petals do have a mild flavour so they are ideal to sprinkle just a few into tea blends and other herbal blends. The flower heads themselves have a stronger taste. If you are enjoying a cup of pure calendula tea, I would recommend a drizzle of honey to balance the flavour.
Is Calendula Tea Safe to Enjoy Everyday?
Whilst calendula tea is considered safe and many people take this herbal tea daily, it is always best to enjoy it in moderation. Always consult your healthcare provider with any queries or concerns that you may have over herbs and herbal remmedies.
What are the Spiritual Benefits?
Calendula has long been used as a spiritual herb. In astrology, these flowers represent the sun and fire. Calendula flowers are believed to offer protection and when hung above the door are said to be helpful for keeping evil out. Some people keep dried calendula under (or over) the bed for protection while sleeping.
How to Make Calendula Tea
You can make this flower tea using either fresh or dried flowers/petals. Use 1-2 teaspoons of dried flowers (or 1-2 tablespoons of fresh flowers) to a cup or mug and add freshly boiled water. Cover and allow to steep for 5-15 minutes before removing the herb with a tea strainer. Add a teaspoon or two of honey or sugar to offset some of the astringency or bitterness.
You can also sprinkle a small amount of petals into your favourite tea or tisane. Simply add some petals and steep your tea as you would normally do so.
For a lovely bedtime tea, take 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flower tea, 1/2 teaspoon of dried calendula petals and 1/4 teaspoon of dried mint. Steep in one cup of freshly boiled water for 5-10 minutes before straining out the herbs. Add an optional drizzle of honey and enjoy!
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