Calendula tea may be one of the easiest ways to utilize this powerfully medicinal plant known for it’s antioxidant, antiviral, astringent and anti-spasmodic properties. Learning about the health benefits of this beautiful flower as well as how easy it is to make calendula tea & the uses for calendula tea, should be in everyone’s tool kit of home remedies.
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Calendula, Calendula officinalis, is of the marigold family and is readily known as Pot Marigold. This beautiful flowering plant is known for its varied medicinal properties and has been referred to as a magical healing remedy throughout the ages.
CALENDULA IN THE GARDEN
There may be no easier flower to grow in your garden. Here in the Northeast, USA, right on the line of zone 5a and zone 5b, this flower will self-seed and provide prolific blooms year after year if allowed. Preferring full sun but tolerating partial sun, this flower is low-maintenance and easy to grow.
Many prefer to start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost, but as this plant is fast-growing (45-60 days from seed to flower), direct seeding may be a viable option. Once introduced into your garden, this plant will provide yearly blooms as it readily self-sows if allowed.
The benefits of calendula, Calendula officinalis, not to be confused with ornamental Marigolds of the Tagets genus, not only reaches our medicine cabinets but our gardens as well. This amazing plant makes a wonderful companion plant in the garden area. PESTS BEWARE! Planted near chard, carrots, & tomatoes, calendula is known to deter pests.
Planted throughout the garden area, it will not only deter pests but can also help to reduce the number of weeds and provide protection against heat & wind on those valuable vegetable & perennial plants. WIN-WIN for increasing crop yields!
CALENDULA BENEFITS & WARNINGS
As with most powerful remedies from Mother Nature, the benefits do not come without some risk. Beginning any herbal or floral treatment should be fully researched prior to commencing. Here is what has been found to assist you in that endeavor.
BENEFITS OF CALENDULA
Calendula is known to possess powerful antioxidant, antiviral, astringent and anti-spasmodic properties, & has a multitude of uses. A complete list of “Calendula Flower Uses” will give additional options of how to put this beneficial plant to good use. A few of the favorites are:
- The flowering petals can be used fresh, adding to salads and dishes, having a similar taste to that of saffron.
- They can be dried and used in teas, wonderful for menstrual issues.
- The dried petals can be tinctured, easing gastrointestinal issues as well as promoting oral health in homemade toothpaste and mouthwashes.
- Infused into oil, it can be used for skin issues ranging from diaper rash, eczema/psoriasis, acne, and dry/chapping skin.
The last being a favorite here on the hill. Making this oil and using it to create many of our products including our baby products, Diaper Cream & Baby Oil, ensures that the products created here are made with the finest, organic ingredients that are fully in our control.
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Interested in making your own oil either with flowers you’ve grown or purchased, a favorite source can be found here, be sure to read “How To Make & Use Calendula Oil” for step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow.
WARNINGS FOR CALENDULA
Although calendula is a gentle therapy that many will likely have no issue when taken internally or applied to the skin, there are a few precautions and warnings.
- PREGNANCY & BREASTFEEDING – Do NOT take calendula while pregnant, either orally or topically. There is a concern for miscarriage as Calendula can stimulate menstruation. Although there is not enough evidence to date to suggest harm for usage while breastfeeding, err on the side of precaution and stay away from use until reliable information is known.
- ALLERGIC REACTIONS – Calendula may cause a reaction in those allergic to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. This includes marigolds, ragweed, chrysanthemums, daisies & more. If you have allergies, consult with your practitioner prior to taking Calendula.
- SURGERY – Discontinue use of Calendula products two weeks prior to surgery as Calendula may interfere with medications and cause extreme drowsiness.
HOW TO MAKE CALENDULA TEA
To make Calendula tea, there are three methods depending on the intent for usage.
- TEA – Simply place 1-2 TBL of Calendula flowers into a mug, fill with boiling water and let steep.
- INFUSION – Fill a mason jar 1/2 to 3/4 way full of flowers, cover with boiling water. Cover and let set 8-10 hours.
- SUN TEA – The preferred method here on the hill. Harnessing the power of the suns rays will infuse the tea with its energy. There has never been an issue with safety using this method here. Should it be a concern for you, choose the infusion or tea method instead.
CALENDULA TEA – SUN TEA METHOD
Fill a mason jar 1/2 to 3/4 way full of Calendula flowers, fill with water and cover.
Place jar outdoors (preferably) or on the sunniest of window sills. Allow the tea to brew for 3-5 hours in the direct hot sun. Shown in the background is my calendula oil brewing as well. Find out how to make your own oil infusion in my article, “How To Make & Use Calendula Oil”.
Once brewed to desired consistency, bring in and either place in the refrigerator for future use or strain.
Strain into cup of your choice to enjoy.
19 USES FOR CALENDULA TEA
It’s fair to say that the uses for Calendula are many, but what is the tea good for and how do you use it? Here are 19 benefits and suggestions.
- FACE WASH/TONER – the anti-septic properties in Calendula make this a healing tea for acne & breakouts
- SORE THROAT – gargle with tea to ease inflammatory throat soreness
- MOUTH RINSE – rinse & gargle to ease & heal canker sores, ulcers, thrush, & just as a preventative mouth-wash
- HEALING SPRAY – used as an antiseptic spray to assist healing wounds, sores, & general skin issues such as eczema
- HAIR RINSE – rinse hair & scalp to ease itchy scalp
- DIGESTIVE AID – drink tea to help remedy gastric ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), & inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- MENSTRUAL REGULATOR – helps prevent menstrual cramps & induce menstruation
- FEVER REDUCTION – help to assist in fever reduction by inducing sweat
- SKIN IRRITATION – it’s anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties assist in treating and easing skin irritations such as diaper rash.
- EYEWASH – treats pink eye and dry itchy eyes
- FOOT SOAK – assist in healing fungal issues such as athletes foot
- SITZ BATH – to soothe hemorrhoids, yeast infections, & other inflammatory issues
- TEA COMPRESS – assists in preventing infections & promote healing to wounds, injuries, & burns
- HOMEMADE BABY WIPES – help to alleviate & prevent diaper rash
- ANIMALS – efficacious for dogs and cats (hot spots/itchy spots), as well as farm animals to treat flea bites, scratches, & small wounds
- PREVENTATIVES – assist in supporting the immune system; can be added to elderberry syrup for an added boost to the immune system
- SKIN TREATMENT – add tea to your favorite sugar scrub to promote healthy, youthful-looking skin
- SUNBURN RELIEF – add with marshmallow root, aloe vera gel, and essential oil of lavender to create a wonderful sunburn relief spray
- INTERNAL INFECTIONS – helps to improve bladder infections, upset stomach, cleanses the digestive tract, & relieves digestive disorders
These are just a few of the ways that Calendula can support & heal. Have you used this flower for it’s healing properties? What are some ways you utilize it? Join the conversation below or on any or our listed social media channels.
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This is Awesome. So many benefits . I had always heard about it, but never ever realized that it can be used in some many different ways. Pure in form as well. Thankyou for sharing.
I have never tried calendula tea, Suzan, nor did I have any idea how helpful and versatile it is. I so enjoyed reading this post, and I appreciate you sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Link Party! Pinning and sharing. Hope to see you again this week!
Thank you, April, for reading and so glad you enjoyed it!
Love it! I use calendula mostly in homeopathic form (which is one way it is safe in pregnancy). I love it in topical form for cuts, wounds, and sunburns. I’ll have to give calendula tea a try.
So many medicinal benefits! Thank you for stopping by, Kristi!
Great info! I love to use Calendula tea to help with skin irritation. It is so soothing when applied o the skin. I have infused avocado oil as well for balms etc. So many uses! Subscribed and look forward to reading more 🙂
I couldn’t agree more, Steph. So glad you enjoyed it!
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Thank you Marilyn!
I love calendula, but never had it in a tea – I’ve used it in balms, etc.
What an informative post! I love Calendula for all things skin! Thanks for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!
Thank you for stopping by Joy!
Thank you for sharing this with us at the Homestead Blog Hop #251, it has been chosen as one of our features for this week!
Thank you so much for the feature Ann!
Isn’t calendula an amazing flower?! I grow it as well and use it for tea. I include calendula oil in my DIY face serum. I’ve never made my own calendula oil so I’m excited to try your recipe!
It truly is a beautiful & powerful flower! Let me know how your oil comes out!
Wow! I love that it has so many uses! I’m always looking for something new to try on my psoriasis! I may have to look at your oil!
This oil is so beneficial and works amazingly! Hope you give it a try.
Brilliant post – I grow Calendula in the garden to ward off pests and I used Calendula products when my boys were babies but now you have inspired me to make much more use of them for so many different things. Pinning this for future reference and about to share elsewhere. Thank you so much for linking up to #GoingGreen and it’s lovely to meet you!
Thank you, Rosie, and right back at you! I was so happy to come across your site and being able to participate in the party!
Plants are really so amazing!
Mother Nature’s gifts to us all.
This is so cool!
Calendula looks like an amazing gift from God….and I had never heard of it until seeing your post. Thanks for sharing!
It truly is a beautiful one in so many ways!
We are always looking for something that can alleviate sunburn pain. We will have to give this a try!
I had no idea Calendula had so many great uses! Thanks for sharing this, I’m definitely going to be making some. One question, should we dry the flowers first or do you use them fresh to make the tea? I want to try the sun tea method. I used to do this stuff all the time when my kids were little but I seem to have gotten away from it.
Hi Bee ~
You can use either. We typically dry throughout our growing season and save, but fresh will work as well. Thank you for reading and hope you enjoy it!
This is so interesting! Thank you for the ideas 🙂
I’m always amazed at the different uses for plants. I don’t know why; we clearly use them in all types of daily life! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and insight!
Never heard of this but so many great uses!
Wow. Very informative! I always learn so much on your site! I knew about the pest control aspect but now know there’s so much more.
So many uses!! Love that it keeps pests away from some produce and that it can be used in baby products!
Oh, my goodness! We have calendula growing everywhere right now. Guess who is making tea tomorrow!!!!
I’ve never heard of this kind of tea. It looks like it has a lot of health benefits. I may have to try some!
Love learning about the many teas you can create – so much more than just green and black tea – and amazed at all the benefits from this flower!
I love all your posts. You give such great tips on how to use things in ways I never knew existed. Thank you!
Thank you, Heather! I’m so glad you are enjoying the content and appreciate you stopping by!
I recently heard of this tea, but had no idea of all of the wonderful uses! Looking forward to trying it and trying out some of the uses.
Lovely list – wish I knew about the diaper rash part when I was at the stage with 3 kids in diapers! 🙂
I know, right? Thanks for reading Angela!
I love that there are So many uses! I loved learning!
Thanks for stopping by Lisa! Glad you enjoyed it.
As always, you’ve done an amazing job at educating me! Love reading your blog posts!!!
Thank you so much Jen! So glad you are enjoying the posts!
Very interesting information, thanks so much for all of your research.
Your welcome, Melissa. Thank you for stopping by.
It’s amazing how many great benefits you can get from these great natural products.
It truly is, Lora. Thank you for reading.
Love this! I pinned for later. Now I’m off to read how you made the oil. Thanks for the info! 🙂
Thank you for pinning Beth! Let me know if you have any questions!
Woah, I had no idea! What a well rounded little plant. I’m going to have my husband give the hair rinse a try when he next sunburns his scalp!
Wonderful! Hope it works well for him!
Thanks so much for sharing! I love your blog bc I am def in favor of more natural remedies. Nature has so much to offer
Thank you for your kind words and stopping by to read Jasmine! I agree it’s nature is there for all when we take the time to look.
I didn’t realise calendula was so versatile. Ove tasting new flowers too. Definitely sounds like something a prepared person should have in stock at all times. Time for a spot of gardening i think.
Hope you are able to get your gardening on 🙂 Thank you for stopping by Chantelle!
I didn’t realize there were so many uses for this! And all the benefits are great, too. 🙂
I’ve not made Calendula tea since I was a teen. More applications for it than I remember. I’d love to try the sun tea method. Just need to wait for some sunshine. #GoingGreen
Hope you don’t have to wait too long, Cheryl! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Love this tea because it looks like it’s caffeine-free!
That it is! And so many more uses than just for drinking. Thanks for stopping by Kelly!
Lovely website Suzan!
Thank you for stopping by, Darlene! So glad you enjoyed it…be sure to come back soon 🙂
Hi Suzan…Congrats on your feature over on the Family Homesteading and Off Grid Hop today 🙂
Thank you Lisa!
I really appreciate how thorough you were in this post, especially to include the warnings about use, particularly for pregnant/breastfeeding moms. I wouldn’t have even thought to ask! Thank you! I found you on the Simple Homestead Blog Hop.
Thank you, Danielle, for your kind words. So glad you enjoyed the post!
Pardon my ignorance but I never heard of Calendula teas. The benefits are amazing especially for menstruation. I will have to look for this type of teas at home. Love the fact that it’s natural and no need for over the counter drugs. Thanks for another great information!
Mother Nature’s gifts are wonderful. Thank you for stopping by!