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My son had, what looked like, the start of an eye infection earlier this week. His eye was weeping and he, being 2, would rub it non stop. I used cotton pads dipped in cooled calendula tea and after two applications it had disappeared. I love this wonder herb in my apothecary for its skin healing, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties & because it really does ease many ailments.

Here are 10 more uses for this great herb

  • Drinking calendula tea can help in the treatment of urinary tract infections.
  • The healing and anti-inflammatory properties of calendula make it very soothing on the throat.  Use it as a gargle when your throat feels sore.
  • Rinsing with a calendula tea can also help with other inflammations of mouth, such as canker sores, ulcers or thrush. It can be very healing after dental work.
  • Calendula can help with digestion when taken internally by healing ulcers, calming the GI tract and stimulating the production of bile.
  • Pour calendula tea into a spray bottle or use cotton balls to calm skin irritations such as diaper rash, insect bites or stings.
  • Calendula has anti-septic properties that can help skin conditions such as acne. Wash your face with calendula tea if you are prone to breakouts.
  • Many women find that drinking calendula tea regularly helps to regulate menstruation. It can also help with painful menstruation.
  • Use calendula tea as an eye rinse for itchy eyes due to allergies, dryness and viral eye infections
  • Calendula tea can help reduce fevers by causing a sweat- only 2-3 cups per day maximum.
  • Use cooled calendula tea as an astringent skin toner that is hydrating and healing.

To make calendula tea, pour boiling water over your dried calendula blossoms and allow to steep for 15 minutes.  Strain off the flowers using a mesh strainer or cheese cloth.

Please note calendula tea has a short shelf life- use within a day and kept in the fridge.

Di x