Calendula is one of my favorite flowers… somewhere after Sunflowers and Gerber Daisies of course (which I prefer to leave on the stem and enjoy)… 🙂
Doesn’t everyone like flowers? They’re so amazing! One day I go outside and see a fat little green bud getting ready to open, and then a few days later there’s suddenly a bright orange or yellow flower, with dozens of tiny intricate petals… ready to harvest and use. it’s incredible!“O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” Psalm 104:24
A Cup of Calendula Tea
Not only are they beautiful, but who would have thought that you could pick those things and eat them! Talk about a pretty cup of tea… the first time we put dried calendula flowers into our glass tea press, they “blossomed” right back into perfect-looking Summer flowers, swimming around with all sorts of other strange leaves and roots. It was kind of funny 🙂
Supports a Healthy Immune System
Calendula flowers have incredible medicinal properties! We put them in our Immune Boosting Tea during “sick” season, and love them for preventing sickness, or bringing quick healing! Since the flowers are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, they are ideal for boosting and stimulating a healthy immune system.
Promotes Healthy, Beautiful Skin
My favorite use for Calendula, is in the form of a skin salve! I use Calendula in all of my skin-healing salves, because it is a gentle, mild herb that is safe for everyone (including babies, and those with very sensitive skin conditions).
“When used in a skin care sense, it has been shown to increase the production of collagen in the body, leading to a more youthful appearance. Some also keep a store of calendula tea in the refrigerator, so that it can be used directly on the skin to help clear up acne, hemorrhoids, or other areas where the skin is inflamed. Calendula tea is great for inflammation, minor cuts, scrapes, bug bites or stings, and rashes. This is because this herbal tea works as an anti-inflammatory and as an antiseptic making it a great way to ease pain and speed the healing of wounds while simultaneously preventing infection.” – Source
“Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring” – Source
And There’s More…
– Regularly drinking Calendula Tea, can help strengthen the stomach and intestines, preventing indigestion (it can also relieve indigestion)
– Calendula can help prevent stomach ulcers, which is a cause of indigestion
– Calendula can help with sweating, hot flashes, headaches, and nausea – associated with hormonal imbalance
– Calendula aids in a healthy digestive system and urinary tract
– Calendula is great for stomach aches, pains, and cramping
– Calendula can help regulate menstrual periods in women, alleviating pain and other symptoms
– Calendula Tea may help prevent cancer – due to the antioxidants and flavonoids contained in the plant, which discourage and prevent the growth of abnormal cell growth.
– Calendula’s anti-inflammatory property makes it excellent for bruising, and sore muscles
– Calendula soothes dry, chapped lips
And… Calendula flowers repel quite a few common garden pests! So why not plant a beautiful flower garden, while taking advantage of the medicinal benefits as well!
I am enjoying mine to the fullest, with new flowers to harvest almost every day!
Check out this page for some different ways to prepare Calendula, for medicinal use.
Oh.. and thanks to some friends who graciously pointed out that I don’t pronounce “Calendula” the way they do, I now say it like this… it seems that even if there is more than one way to say it, most people say it this way after all 😉“He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.” (Psalm 104:13-14)