Simple Calendula Tea: Meaning, Health Benefits And Recipe
Calendula tea is like a sun hug in a cup! This tasty, antioxidant-rich tea is the perfect self-care remedy during colds and also makes an excellent iced infusion on a sunny afternoon.
Calendula tea is herbal tea or tisane and is made of dried calendula petals and leaves. Besides using the flowers to make tea, the blossoms color cheese, cloth, and hair. They also make an attractive edible garnish.
What is calendula?
Common Names: Marigold, Pot marigold
Calendula derives from the Latin word calendar, meaning the day of the new moon or the start of the month in the Roman calendar.
Calendula was believed to be able to flower at the start of any month of the year, hence its name. In its Latin name, officinalis denotes that the plant was recognized as an “official” and “useful” plant, which could be sold in an apothecary’s shop.
Calendula has bright yellow or orange, single or double flowers. Its long, hairy, aromatic leaves can also be used in tea.
Do not confuse calendula with French or African marigolds. French and African marigolds are often recommended as a companion plant and are not edible and so cannot be used for tea.
Health Benefits Of Calendula Tea
1) Calendula tea has anti-inflammatory properties and is very beneficial to treat inflammation and moderate pain and fever. Since calendula lessens inflammation, you can drink the tea to help eradicate skin problems such as eczema, rashes, dermatitis, and superficial wound
2) Calendula is a powerful medicinal plant, calendula is also known to be antiviral and antibacterial. The tea strengthens the heart, liver, and kidneys, eases menstrual tension, and expels toxins.
3) It contains phosphorus and vitamin C and is good for gastrointestinal problems and detoxifying the digestive system.
4) It may also help regulate women’s hormones and can be used to help with premenstrual cramps. Gargling with cold calendula tea can soothe sore throats.
5) Drink the tea as a remedy for headache, toothache, mouth infections, flu, gastric ulcers, red eyes, and jaundice.
How to Make Tea Calendula Tea
You can serve this calendula tea with a couple of fresh calendula petals for decoration in the teacup. This is a gentle, slightly sweet tea. The leaves have a mild peppery but fresh green flavor. This is a lovely tea to drink on a sunny afternoon.
1) Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, then pour some into your teacup or teapot to warm it up. Discard the water.
2) Put 1 teaspoon of dried calendula tea or a pinch of fresh petals into a teapot.
3) Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea.
4) Allow the tea to steep for four minutes. Pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer.