Marigold (calendula) is an herb with extraordinary healing and antimicrobial properties. It’s quite mild, so it is suitable for animals as much as it is for humans.
The most commonly used part of this herb is its flower, which is most frequently used for preparing tea which we will talk about in this article. In addition to being used as tea, marigold is sometimes used in salads, and even in the form of oil for topical application.
Marigold has a pleasant scent and is very appealing to the eye, so in addition to being used as a medicinal herb, it is used for decoration as well. A particularly interesting fact about it is that it blossoms in three seasons of the year, all but winter. Marigold flowers have beautiful orange and yellow tones of color and they are the most frequently used part of the plant, while the rest is often discarded.
Now that we have introduced you to some of the basics about marigolds, it’s time to discuss what exactly the benefits of using marigold tea and what its medicinal properties are.
What’s calendula (marigold) tea good for and what are its benefits?
- It’s rich in vitamins and minerals. One of the most important benefits of this tea is its rich content of vitamins and minerals essential for maintaining proper bodily functions. First of all, it contains beta carotene, which we otherwise most commonly consume via carrots. Beta carotene is great for strengthening the immune system and protecting the organism from cancer. By drinking marigold tea you will ingest roughly the same amount of beta carotene as you would if you ate carrots, but you will also ingest a lot of vitamin A on top of that as well.
- It’s great for skin. The most important things which marigold tea make good for our skin are stimulation of collagen production and abilities to effectively treat acne and certain types of skin burns. It’s handy for treating insect bites – just soak a piece of cloth in marigold tea and apply it to the affected area. It is fast in taking effect and soothing pain and itchiness. Some people even claim it helped them with wrinkles.
- It treats ear infections. Calendula tea can be used as ear drops in cases of various fungal and bacterial ear infections. Since it’s quite mild, it’s good for children too. Make some tea and let it cool, then use it as ear drops or soak a Q-tip in it. Some initial research claims it has no negative side effects, but further research is needed to support these claims.
- It detoxifies. It has proved to be a great blood cleansing agent, so it can be used in this purpose as well.
- It soothes a sore throat. You can use marigold tea to rinse, wash and cleanse your throat if you experience pain when you swallow or have any other type of sore throat issues.
- For gingivitis. In addition to being able to soothe a sore throat, it’s also excellent for treating inflammation of gums and blisters in the oral cavity. Use it for rinsing.
- It’s good for babies. You can soak a tissue in marigold tea and use it to wipe your baby’s skin. It will soothe itchiness and irritation caused by diapers.
- It’s good for sensitive eyes. If your eyes are itchy, you can gently rub in some marigold tea for some relief. It’s recommended to do this three times a day.
- It treats athlete’s foot. When you decide to wash your feet, fill a washbowl with marigold tea (you can mix it with water, it doesn’t have to be pure marigold tea). Make this a habit and it may prove to be just what you needed to help you get rid of athlete’s foot.
- For hair washing. You can use it to wash your hair and rinse off shampoo. It makes the hair smoother, healthier and soothes itchiness if you have that kind of a problem.
- It treats stomach ulcers and clogged lymph nodes. This isn’t entirely proven yet, but some preliminary testing indicates it may have positive effects on these issues as well.
- It soothes menstruation discomfort. Not only does it soothes menstruation discomfort, but it also helps regulate irregular menstruation, so ladies simply love this tea.
- It’s good for animals. Marigold tea can successfully and harmlessly be used for treating any animal that is not pregnant. So, you can use it for your cat, dog, bird, horse… It soothes the skin affected with flea bites or other insect bites, scratches and eczema.
Calendula tea and pregnancy
Calendula tea usage is not recommended during pregnancy, certainly not before consultation with a doctor.
Marigold tea and facial skin
As mentioned before, this tea is very mild and is great for soothing troubled skin, so it can be used as a facial cleaner. Of course, you must be aware that not everyone’s skin is the same and that some people may react better to this treatment than some others. It’s recommended to consult your dermatologist before proceeding with this treatment.
Marigold, yarrow and nettle tea blend
There are many stories you can read on the internet about this specific blend of teas, but information backed up with facts and research is very scarce and of poor quality.
The real truth is that this tea is most often used by women who have ovary issues. These issues are most often cystic in nature. Even though, women with gynecological problems in general can use this tea blend.
Herbal experts recommend taking this tea three times a day, once with every meal, sip by sip, for full effect. Some women claim it helped them calm themselves and even get ready for surgical procedures.
Calendula tea preparation
Now that we are better informed about the actual benefits of consuming marigold tea, it’s time to get to know how to make it properly as well.
As it was already mentioned in this article, it can be used equally for direct ingestion and topical application.
In this case it’s enough to pour two teaspoons of marigold flower petals in a cup and pour hot water over them, then let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Simply strain and drink afterwards. Recommended dosage is three to five cups of tea daily, preferably alongside meals. Adding sugar is not recommended.
Now you will need a larger container where you will pour two tablespoons of marigold flower petals, then pour half a liter of hot water over them. Again, let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the fluid and it will be ready to be used.