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Marigold Flower Tea April 22, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 1:58 pm

 

Marigold is a member of the large family of Daisy and Sunflowers and has many species in the genus.

 

The Marigold has pale green leaves and bright yellow or orange flowers and is a common kitchen plant. Marigold flower petals are edible and used to add beauty and color to salads as well as fed to chickens to give the yolks of their eggs a darker yellow color.

The flower is harvested and used for its medicinal properties both internally as well as externally.

.Marigold is used topically in an ointment or salve to treat burns, bruises and cuts and fight infections that may occur with these conditions.

Marigold cream is used to treat hemorrhoids as well as on infant bums to help fight diaper rash.

Marigold tea is thought to aid in stomach upset and ulcers and help relieve menstrual cramps.

Dried Marigold flowers are often added to dream pillows to help bring prophetic dreams and increase luck.

 

Other names: Calendula officinalis   Caltha officinalis, golds, pot marigold, marygold

 

 

Marigold Flower Tea

 

Marigold Flower Tea is a cleansing and detoxifying herb with anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibiotic activity. Marigold flowers are strongly anti-inflammatory and healing.

This herbal tea also may be used for gastritis, and is an ideal healing drink for anyone who has undergone surgery.

Marigold Flower Tea can help to regulate womens menstrual periods and benefits the immune and lymphatic systems.

 

 

 

Marigold flowers can be added to salads to add color and can be used as a substitute for saffron in recipes.

Marigold is used topically in an ointment or salve to treat burns, bruises and cuts and fight infections that may occur with these conditions.

Marigold cream is used to treat hemorrhoids as well as on infant bums to help fight diaper rash.

Marigold tea is thought to aid in stomach upset and ulcers and help relieve menstrual cramps.

Dried Marigold flowers are often added to dream pillows to help bring prophetic dreams and increase luck.

 

Marigold Flower Tea Benefits have been quite known especially to American physicists, applying the herb to treat bruises, cuts and minor skin infections.

Also called ‘calendula’, the calendula is an orange or yellow-colored flower typically found in northern Mediterranean countries. Calendula has a tendency to bloom once a month or every new moon. Calendulas, or marigolds, are often used in Roman Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary.

The calendula is typically used in households as flavoring and coloring agent for such foods as cereals, rice, and soups.

Calendula has the following components: calendulin, beta-carotene, other carotenoids, isoquercitrin, narcissin, rutin, amyrin, lupeol, sterols, and volatile oils. The calendula flowers also contain complex polysaccharides with immunostimulant properties.

Some of the health benefits attributed to marigold Flower Tea are the following:

 

Calendula Tea is thought to be anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial.

Calendula Tea is also thought to be immuno-stimulant.

Calendula Tea may be helpful in ear infections.

Calendula Tea or washes may help in treatment of conjunctivitis.

Calendula Tea may help stimulate the production of collagen.

Calendula Tea may be gargled to help relieve sore throat and inflammations of the mouth.

Calendula Tea may help detoxify the body after an operation.

Calendula Tea may be beneficial to those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders. Calendula may protect the stomach and intestine linings of the stomach and intestines by inhibiting the prostaglandin E1 (PGE). Calendula Tea also may help limit the effects the bacteria associated with gastritis, peptic ulcers, and stomach cancer.

Calendula Tea may help regulate the menstruation cycle.

Calendula Tea can be stored in the refrigerator and be used as a soothing skin treatment. It can be swabbed directly on inflamed skin (acne, hemorrhoids, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Here’s how to make marigold tea:

 

Gather the marigold flower.

You’ll need two teaspoons of marigold flowers, which are either yellow or orange, to make  marigold flower tea. Pot Marigold or Garden Marigold is a common annual flower.

 

Steep the marigold flowers.

Like many herbal teas, the process for making  marigold flower tea involves pouring boiling water over dried or fresh herbal remedies, and then allowing time for their properties to be infused into the water.

Place your marigold petals into a glass. Pour boiling water over the petals, and let the petals flavor the water for about fifteen minutes. You’ll need about a cup of boiling water for every two teaspoons of petals; you can adjust the amount of petals or water for a stronger or weaker tea. This is a tea best made in small batches, rather than large quantities.

 

Strain the mixture.

Use a tea strainer to remove the petals from your tea. Try to get as much liquid out of the petals as possible for the best infusion. The process of steeping the petals in water releases their essential oils into the water. A tea strainer or cheesecloth allow you to remove the solid petals while leaving behind as much of the liquid as possible.

 

Add honey.

Marigold petals harvested at certain times of the year may be bitter. Use honey as a natural sweetener, or simply add rock sugar until the tea is sweet enough for your tastes.

 

Drink the tea.

Drink the calendula tea hot, up to three times per day, to reduce fevers and infection, cleanse the body, and improve your overall health. It may also relieve inflammation of the stomach lining or prevent other stomach problems. Calendula contains flavonoids that are said to relieve pink eye, which is a common eye infection, among many other ailments.

 

 

Other Usage:

 

How to Use Marigolds in Homemade Beauty Treatments

 

Marigolds can be used for beauty treatments, especially for mature or dry skin, or as a hair lightener for blonde or brown hair. Combine marigolds with some household ingredients for an effective yet inexpensive beauty boost.

 

Step 1

Soak in a stimulating and moisturizing marigold bath. Combine a cup of dried marigold blossoms with 2 tsp. of olive oil and add it to warm running water.

Step 2

Tone your face with a mild marigold toner. Place 2 tsp. of marigold essential oil in a clean jar or bottle, and add 4 tbsp. of witch hazel. Dip a cotton ball into the toner and smooth it over your face. Store the mixture in the refrigerator.

Step 3

Bring out red highlights in brown or blonde hair. Crush about 1/2 cup of marigold blossoms and simmer them in a non-metal pot with 3 cups of water for about 20 minutes. Pour the marigold rinse over just shampooed hair, catch it in a large bowl or basin, and pour it back over your hair several times. Continue daily until you achieve the desired highlights.

Step 4

Make a moisturizing marigold facial. Mix the blooms of one marigold with 1 tbsp. of pure honey and 1 tbsp. of whole milk. Smooth it on the face and leave it for about 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. For best results, repeat once or twice weekly.

 

Tips & Warnings

Before using marigold beauty treatments, apply the treatment to a small patch of skin on your wrist to test for rashes or other allergic reactions.

 

How to Make a Marigold Facial Mask

 

Marigold, also known as calendula, is valued in skin care, preparations for its abilities to soften and heal. Because of its cell-rejuvenating properties, marigold helps blemished or sun-burned skin repair itself, while it soothes skin irritations and reduces redness.

 

Step 1

Boil 1/2 cup water and add 1 tbsp. each of marigold and chamomile flowers. They may be dried or fresh. Let them steep for 10 minutes. Slightly cook 1 tbsp. carrots and mash them well in a small bowl. Add 1/4 tsp. almond oil and mix. Pour in the liquid from the steeped flowers, along with 1 tbsp. lecithin granules and 1 tsp. wheat germ oil. Blend all ingredients well. A blender or food processor can be used for a smoother texture. After cleansing the face and neck, pat the marigold facial onto the skin, keeping away from the eyes. Relax for 15 minutes and remove with a warm wash cloth, followed by a warm water rinse.

Step 2

Combine 1 tsp. honey powder with 1 tsp. each of spa facial clay and non-fat dry milk. Mix in 1 tsp. finely ground oatmeal. In a small container, mix 1 1/2 oz. aloe vera juice with 1/2 oz. calendula or marigold extract. Blend the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients to make a smooth paste. Wash the face and neck and pat dry. Spread the facial mixture onto the skin, staying clear of the eyes. Let the mixture dry and wash off with a warm washcloth, removing all residue.

Step 3

Measure 2 tsp. plain, unflavored yogurt into a small bowl and add 2 tsp. of fresh or dried marigold flowers or petals. Mix in five drops lemon juice and incorporate all ingredients well. Let the mixture stand for 30 minutes before applying to cleansed skin of the face and neck. Keep away from the eyes. After 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water.

Step 4

Steep 1 tbsp. marigold flowers or petals in 1/2 cup boiling water for 15 minutes. Pour the liquid into a bowl and add 1 tbsp. aloe vera gel, 1/2 tsp. witch hazel, 1/2 tsp. orange flower water and 5 drops of calendula or marigold extract. Mix in 1/2 tsp. glycerin and 1 tbsp. honey. Combine all ingredients well and decant into an amber or blue glass bottle to keep light from affecting the mixture. Let it stand for one to two days before using. Shake the mixture and dab with the fingertips onto clean face and neck skin, but not the eye area. After 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water. Store in a cool, dark place for not more than six months.

 

 

 

 

 

Chamomile, Mint, Honey, Rock Sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refreshing, smooth and has a natural sweet fragrance and taste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

 

Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

 

 

The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

 

That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marigold is thought to be a very safe herb.

But caution should be taken if you are allergic to Daisies or Ragweed.

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