Tea, bath, mouthwash, enema, compress, eye bath
Anti-inflammatory, astringent, antispasmodic, blood cleanser, tissue healer, tonic
Oral hygiene, digestive conditions, skin irritation
Avoid if allergic to the daisy (compositae) family of plants. Avoid if pregnant, breast-feeding or before surgery.
Calendula is a genus of about 15–20 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family that are often known as marigolds. They are native to southwestern Asia, Western Europe, Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean. Ancient cultures recognized and used the healing properties of calendula. In Britain, its beautiful flowers can often be found along the edges of fields in late summer. The tea has a pleasant taste and a gorgeous yellow colour
Marigold’s astringent, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties make it a powerful tissue healer, both internally and externally. Taken as a tea it can be used for damaged or ulcerated gastric mucosa. In addition the tea has a cleansing effect on the blood which can be enhanced by adding nettle. For external application marigold can be added to baths or steeped in vegetable oil for direct application to affected areas. Used externally it can provide relief for eczema, varicose and crural ulcers, haemorrhoids, anal fissures, capillary haemorrhages, infective conditions marked by lymph node enlargement, and minor skin irritations as well as being a general tonic. As a mouthwash or gargle it is used for general oral hygiene as well as the treatment of gum disease, pharyngeal infections and aphthous ulcers. It can also be used as an eyebath for conjunctival affections.
Those who are allergic to the daisy (compositae) family of plants should not use this tea. It should not be taken during pregnancy, breast-feeding or before an operation.