Benefits of Calendula

calendula flower picture

calendula flower picture

Calendula (calendula officinalis) flowers have many health benefits but it's best known as a skin remedy. The plants natural astrigent and antibiotic properties make it great for healing minor wounds, skin ulcers, burns (including sunburn), bruises and even insect bites and stings.


A calendula tea can be used as a mouthwash to treat gum problems and gingivitus. Use as a gargle for sore throats too. It also make a great eyewash for sore and reddened eyes.

Other external uses for calendula tea include:

* A facial cleanser - great for acne!

* Treat eczema or psoriasis, even diaper rash!

* Make a strong infusion and pour into the bathtub for sunburn or other large skin problems. This is great for smooth soft skin even if you don't have any skin affictions!

* Use the strong tea as a hair rinse to bring out blonde and brunette highlights. It also makes your hair soft and shiny.

Benefits of drinking calendula tea are:

* Helps with fever, cramps, stomachaches, flu and colds.

* Helps detoxify the body

* Regulates the menstrual cycle

* Stimulates blood circulation

How to make calendula tea -
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons dried calendula petals. (double for fresh petals) Steep for 10 minutes, then strain. To make a strong infusion, let the calendula steep for an hour or even overnight.

Oh yeah, did I mention that you can eat the petals raw also? Add some color to your salad!

IF YOUR ALLERGIC TO RAGWEED YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID CALENDULA!

You can also learn to make:

A calendula tincture.

A homemade calendula oil.

or a calendula salve or ointment.

Here's a great video on calendula by learningherbs.com...





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