Tea made from the dried flowers of calendula can help with digestive problems, inflammation or menstrual cramps. Keep reading to know the benefits of the infusion of dried calendula leaves.

Calendula is probably one of the best known medicinal plants in the world. Most people know that calendula flower ointment is a great aid to wound healing. But also for internal use, calendula is suitable. For example for indigestion and inflammation.

The plant is a member of the daisy family and its bright orange flowers bring color to lawns and gardens from June to September.

Known as calendula officinalis, it is from the asteraceae or compound family, and presumably comes from the Atlas Mountains of North Africa. In Central Europe it has been cultivated since the 12th century as a medicinal plant.

Benefits and components of calendula tea

The 2015 Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Science & Research publications focused extensively on calendula as a medicinal plant and was able to demonstrate the following beneficial effects of calendula :

  • It was tested against various bacterial and fungal strains and showed strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties .
  • It was shown to help with wound healing both internally and externally. This applies to both open wounds and burns. In addition, this plant has an anti-inflammatory effect, thus ensuring rapid wound healing, which is why it is used mainly for its germicidal and anti-inflammatory properties .
  • Calendula has antioxidant properties. This reduces oxidative stress and helps the body regenerate cells.
  • Also in the treatment of HIV, the medicinal plant could play a role in the future.

Strictly scented calendula essential oils are not medically important. For medical use only the flowers are used.

It is not yet 100% clear which components are actually responsible for each benefit. However, the main components include:

  • Tritersaponina.
  • Flavonoids.
  • Essential oils.
  • Sugar molecules.

It is also known that there are other medicinal uses for this plant, calendula ointment or cream has medicinal properties that help in skin treatments, as mentioned before, the anti-inflammatory properties it contains help restore the epidermis and are also a powerful agent. anti-inflammatory.

How to grow it in our home or garden

You can easily plant calendula yourself in your garden or on the balcony:

  • The one-year-old plant needs a sunny location and loose, humus-rich soil. From April to June, you can simply sow the seeds directly into the pot. It is best to loosen the soil first and cover the seeds with soil about one centimeter.
  • Calendula is also ideal for various mixed crops, for example with vegetables such as squash, tomatoes, cucumbers. Strawberries and various herbs like parsley, savory, or nasturtium can also benefit from calendula as a neighbor.
  • To make your own calendula tea, it’s best to harvest the flowers on a sunny, dry day. Lay them on a towel or newspaper to dry. While the flowers are drying, you should avoid direct sunlight, otherwise the active components will be lost.
  • You can keep the flowers airtight and dry, for example, in a glass, in a dark place for up to a year.

How to make marigold tea

Not only does calendula tea taste good, but the drink can also help you with several ailments:

  • Swelling in the mouth and throat.
  • Wounds in the mouth (say after dental treatment).
  • Halitosis.
  • Stomach ache.
  • Bacterial infections in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Menstrual cramps.

preparation:

  • Add three to five dried flowers in 250 milliliters of boiling water.
  • Let the tea steep for five to ten minutes before removing the flowers.
  • Since some active components remain in the flowers, you can also drink the tea with the calendula flowers.
  • For the effect of calendula tea to develop optimally, you should drink about three cups a day.

Tip: Dried marigolds are also suitable as bath additives for menstrual problems or skin conditions such as eczema, rashes or itching.

To do this, boil about a liter of water with ten calendula flowers and add the infusion to your bath water after fifteen minutes.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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