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!


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

Mountain Rose Herbs

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