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!