The beauty of Calendula alone could heal (a tired mind, that is). Calendula is very relaxing to look at. The yellow petals are like rays of the sun. It is a bright and lovely flower. On top of that, this flower contains actual healing properties.
Calendula is native to the northern Mediterranean countries. This annual flower got its name from its ability to bloom with the calendar. It usually blooms with every new moon. In some parts of the world, this flower is called pot marigold, which is a tribute to the Virgin Mary. Calendula could be seen in Catholic events honoring her. In the Hindu culture, they adorn their temples with this flower. Historically, calendula was considered a food and could be found mixed with soup and rice.
Calendula’s Anti-inflammatory Property
The anti-inflammatory property of Calendula is a result of the flavonoids it contains. Flavonoids are antioxidants found in plants that help protect the cells from free radical damage and other compounds that cause inflammation. Another substance found in high concentration in Calendula is linoleic acid. Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory property, Calendula is used to help alleviate inflammatory conditions including dermatitis, ear infections, diaper rash, cuts, and sore throats.
Now that the healing power of Calendula has been established, it’s time to know how to prepare the most common form of calendula available in the market - Calendula tea. These are the few methods of preparing Calendula tea:
- Simmer the dried flowers in water. Put one to two teaspoons of dried calendula flowers in a mug. Then add one cup of hot water. Let the tea steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Simmer the fresh flowers in water. Place the fresh flowers into a jar. Pour hot water over the flowers. Let the tea simmer. Wait for the tea to be cool enough to drink
- Let the fresh flowers infuse under the sun. Place the fresh flowers in a jar. Dried flowers can also be added. Pour cold water into the jar. Leave the jar under a sunny area for five to six hours.
Calendula tea can be used as a gargle in order to ease sore throat or as a mouth-rinse to relieve blisters inside the mouth or inflammation of the gums. For topical use, calendula tea can be sprayed into a clean cloth and applied to the inflamed, itchy or scratched skin. This is also ideal for application on babies’ skin if they experience diaper rash. Even acne breakouts can be prevented by washing the face with calendula tea. This flower has so many uses.
Indeed, Calendula is not just a beautiful flower but also a healing one. It is not just full of bright color but also of beneficial antioxidants. It can be decorative and can also be medicinal. Calendula sure is a flower that contains the best of both beauty and function.