Marigold (Calendula Officinalis)
Calendula officinalis belongs to the Asteraceae or Compositae plant family. Calendula marigolds are yellow-orange marigolds that produce little florets of petals that are plucked and dried for their therapeutic properties. While there are many other types of marigold flowers produced all over the world, calendula is the most beneficial. It's originally from Egypt and the Mediterranean, but it's currently cultivated on every continent.
Since at least the 11th or 12th century, flower petals and florets have been employed in conventional medicine remedies, along with extracts and salves. Because ground marigold petals have a rich hue similar to saffron, it's been used as a less expensive coloring agent, in addition to soups or digestive tea, and/or as a perfume component in the past.
According to botanical studies, calendula marigolds have a wide range of active compounds, including antioxidants and volatile oils. The rich color and intense fragrance of the blossoms are due to them.
Inflammatory bowel diseases/colitis, coughs, sore throats, and fevers can all be relieved with marigold flower tea. Gastritis, acid reflux, and ulcers can all be helped with marigold tea, as well as stomach or menstrual cramps/PMS, muscular spasms, "charley horse" aches, and hemorrhoids. It also contains anti-inflammatory, digestive, and soothing qualities.
Calendula has long been used to relieve itching, redness, sensitivity, dryness, and swelling in irritated skin, including eye irritation.
Finally, marigolds may be used as a natural insect repellent to keep mosquitoes, vermin, and other insects at bay.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!