If I could tell you to add one herb to your garden- it would be calendula. Calendula has some amazing benefits- skin healing, antimicrobial, and antimicrobial properties!
Plus it has some some great companion planting uses out in the garden. But when it comes to natural healing and care- calendula is a staple!
And the easiest way to get those benefits from calendula is to make Calendula tea!
How to Make Calendula Tea
This is so easy, and if you have ever made herbal tea before you can totally do this!
What do you need to make calendula tea?
Water and dried or fresh calendula blossoms.
When it comes to making calendula tea you have 3 options:
ONE: Fill a mug with about 1-2 T of dried calendula blossoms. Pour 8 oz of boiling water over top of the blossoms.
Cover and let steep for about 10-15 minutes.
TWO: Fill a jar with fresh calendula blossoms. Pour boiling water over top of the blossoms (enough to cover them entirely).
Cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes.
THREE: Fill a jar 1/3 full with dried calendula blossoms OR fill with fresh blossoms. Fill the jar to the top with water.
Cover and let sit in a sunny windowsill (or on the porch/deck) for at least 6 hours.
Once your tea has steeped the correct amount, strain out the blossoms using a mesh sieve, cheese cloth, or coffee filter. Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
How to Use Calendula Tea
The benefits of calendula are plentiful. It has amazing healing properties that make it wonderful for the skin- for things like eczema, diaper rash and just plain old aging.
Calendula tea also has anti-viral properties to help with things like viral pink eye.
And anti-fungal properties than can help with athlete’s foot or yeast infections.
Read my article on 30 Amazing Uses for Calendula to get a full list of all the benefits of calendula tea! You can also use your dried calendula for Calendula Infused Oil or a healing skin salve.
Do you use the hole flower or just the yellow pettals?
You can do either.
Nice information. But confused. Which flowers to use? In your blog flowers image is looks similar to flowers of Chrysanthemum Cultivation and not of Marigold Tagetes.
Calendula is a pot marigold, and not the same as Marigold Tagetes. Calendula officinalis is the scientific name.
Marigold Tagetes (French Marigold) is not suitale for ingesting. Katie Wells Herbalist/Author says “Before you try to make tea from any marigold, you should know there are two genuses of marigold — Taget and Calendula. The Calendula variety is the only variety used internally. The Taget genus (also called French Marigold) is usually not edible.”
I would like to start a calendula garden. Where can I buy the correct kind for medicinal purposes? Which would be the Calendula Officinalis, right? Thanks
Great resource, thanks. Have just enjoyed my first cup of tea made from fresh calendula petals grown in my garden. Such a beneficial plant to grow for many reasons. I started using it in companion planting. Now exploring it’s other benefits.