Calendula has been known for its gardening, culinary, and medical benefits. A plant that can do it all. It has been used medicinally since at least the 12th century.
Bright yellow or orange Calendula flowers are known for their antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. They have been used internally to stimulate blood circulation, speed up recovery from colds and fevers, ease inflammation.
Calendula petals are often used in salads as they are rich in antioxidants, mainly carotenoids and flavonoids. Calendula contains both lutein and beta-carotene, which the body absorbs and converts into vitamin A. It also has fatty acids and oxygenated oils like monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.
Calendula and Inflammation
Calendula has been found to have strong anti-inflammatory properties due to powerful flavonoids and anti-inflammatory linoleic acid.
These properties make calendula very useful for all kinds of inflammatory, issues like diaper rash, dermatitis, ear infections, ulcers, sore throats and more.
Calendula can also be used for many skin conditions and other health issues such as eczema, nappy rash, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers, minor burns, sunburn, gastritis, herpes sores, shingles, warts and sore throats.
Calendula Used as Medicine
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces skin scars
- Helps with sore throat
- Helps rid dandruff
- Reduces fever
How to make calendula tea
This tea is great as an immune booster. It help with stomach issues, sore throats, mouth sores and reducing a fever.
- Take 1-2 teaspoons of dry Calendula petals, about 1-2 teaspoons Find calendula here
- (Take 2-4 if they are fresh)
- Mix it with 1 cup of boiling water and steep for 10 min
- You can add some honey or stevia to taste