Calendula tea, tincture, and extract are used to treat a number of conditions. Calendula is part of the marigold family of plants, though it is slightly different than the standard marigold plants found in most gardens. If making a calendula remedy yourself, it is important to ensure that you are using the right type.
As well as drinking the tea, the cooled solution can be used to rinse eyes that are sore and reduce redness. Therefore, it is helpful for conditions such as conjunctivitis.
It can be used as a rinse to bring out delicate highlights in both blond and dark hair. The cooled tea can also be used as a compress on some skin disorders such as eczema.
Calendula tea does not have to be used immediately but can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
Medicinally, it is a natural diuretic, so it is used to encourage the body to get rid of waste fluids. Calendula can help to soothe the digestive system by strengthening the lining of the stomach and thus helping it to function better. It helps to keep the body detoxified by removing toxins and waste products from the system.
It is also thought that the tea is beneficial for the immune system, encouraging the body to fight off infection. Using the tea to gargle can help to soothe a sore throat thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Those with irregular menstrual cycles can be helped by drinking calendula tea by helping to improve circulation and blood flow.
Made from calendula flowers which have been steeped in alcohol over several weeks, calendula tincture is a recommended remedy for fevers and colds. The tincture can be taken three times a day in water or with tea. The tincture should not be applied directly to wounds because of the alcohol.
The extract of the plant is often used to treat bee stings and insect bites. Calendula also has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties so is useful for treating conditions such as athlete’s foot.
The extract is used often in ointments, which are known for the healing and soothing properties for skin inflammations and wounds.
These ointments are often used for healing wounds after surgery where an alternative to a prescription preparation is required, and they can often help to reduce the appearance of scars. Calendula extract has been used to treat leg ulcers with some success.
The extract has also been used in naturopathic treatments to treat the pain of some ear problems by soothing inflammations and healing infections.
Side Effects of Calendula
Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use calendula products without first consulting with a qualified practitioner.
There are few reported side effects from using calendula, but those with an allergy to similar flowers like daisies or chrysanthemums should avoid it in case of a similar reaction.
There is always a possibility it may interact with prescription medications or other herbal preparations, so it is best to consult with a medical professional before use if taking medications.