Calendula. Calendula are edible and healthy daisies.
Also known as Pot Marigold, Calendula aren’t actually marigolds. They are part of the Asteracea family, along with daisies and chrysanthemums.
Calendula have edible blooms that are loaded with antioxidant compounds. The colorful petals are high in carotenoids, such as flavoxanthin and auroxanthin.
Historically, Calendula have been used for muscle spasms, fever, pain and swelling. The organic extract has anti-viral effects, so it’s good to use when viruses are floating around.
How To Prepare It
Pluck the petals from the green flower base, and they can be eaten raw or cooked. You can add dried flowers to soups and the fresh petals to salads.
Calendula have a sharp taste that resembles saffron, and the flavors range from spicy to bitter, and tangy to peppery. A drop of honey helps tame the taste.
One of the best ways to consume Calendula is to prepare it as a tea. Take powdered or dried Calendula and steep it in boiling water for about 10 to 20 minutes. You can drink the tea and use it as a mouthwash to treat a sore throat or wounds inside your mouth.
- Simmering water with dried flowers
Place around 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried Calendula flowers in a heat proof mug and pour around 1 cup (8 oz/240 ml) simmering hot water over them.
Cover with a saucer and steep for around 15 to 20 minutes.
- Simmering water with fresh flowers
Fill a heat-proof jar with fresh flowers and pour simmering hot water over them.
Cover and let infuse until the tea is cool enough to drink.
Press the juice from a fresh plant. The dose for the tincture is between 25 and 75 drops (that’s a big spread) taken 1 to 4 times per day.
Use Calendula cream as soon as you can on a fresh wound because it can help lessen scarring by assisting in new tissue growth. It is also effective with painful wounds that have become infected, and is good to put on wounds that keep opening up, on wounds that do not heal well, and on deep wounds.
Heating a warm compress of Calendula tea can be used for eye infections.
Calendula flower tea is commonly used to help with peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It supports healing of gastric and intestinal inflammation, too.
If you have allergies, you can react to Calendula like you would react to ragweed, which is in the same family.
Calendula has been known to start the menstrual cycle, so you should not use it if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Calendula acts like a sedative, so it can cause sleepiness or drowsiness. This works great if you have trouble falling asleep, but taking Calendula along with other sedative medications might cause you to get too drowsy. So, be cautious if using clonazepam (Klonopin®), lorazepam (Ativan®), phenobarbital (Donnatal®), zolpidem (Ambien®)
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