14 Uses For Calendula Tea

14 uses for calendula tea

Calendula is loaded with powerful skin-healing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, yet is gentle enough for most people and animals to use safely.

This week, on the blog, I’ll be sharing recipes and projects that you can make with calendula flowers and then we’ll wrap it up around Thursday with a free little eBook that you can download to your computer for easy reference.

I have a tentative schedule that I’d like to follow that looks something like this:

 

calendula flowers

The majority of the projects can be made with either fresh or dried flowers. I grow most of my own calendula (Baker Creek Heirloom is an excellent place to buy seeds), but occasionally supplement my supply with high quality flowers purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs or Bulk Herb Store. (affiliate links)

 

calendula sun tea

Okay, now that you know what’s coming up this week, let’s dive right into our first project, starting with a quick overview of how to make calendula tea:

  • Boiling water method with dried flowers: Place around a tablespoon of dried calendula flowers in a heat proof mug and pour boiling water over them. Cover with a saucer and let steep for around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Boiling water method with fresh flowers: Fill a heat-proof jar with fresh flowers and pour boiling water over them. Cap and let infuse until the tea is cool enough to drink.
  • Sun tea method: Fill a jar with fresh flowers (or 1/4 full with dried flowers) and cover with water. Cap and place out in the sun for at least 5 or 6 hours.

Once your tea has finished infusing, you’ll want to strain it before proceeding to the next steps. (The remaining petals can be composted.) Make small batches at a time and store any leftover tea in your refrigerator. Water infusions have a fairly short shelf life, so discard the remainder after a day or two.

 

Important note: Calendula can stimulate menstruation, so pregnant women (or animals) should not use it internally. Also, if you’re on medications, have chronic health issues, or just questions in general, check with a qualified professional before self-treating with home remedies.

 

calendula ice

Now that it’s been made, cooled and strained, here are 14 uses for calendula tea:

  1. Use as a gargle for sore throat.
  2. Use as a mouth rinse to help relieve blisters, inflamed gums or thrush.
  3. Dip small cloths or clean rags into the tea and apply as a compress to scraped, itchy, scratched or otherwise inflamed skin conditions.
  4. Use with homemade baby wipes to help alleviate diaper rash.
  5. Strain through a coffee filter and use as an eye rinse for itchy eyes due to allergies, dryness and viral pink-eye.
  6. Wash your face with calendula tea nightly, if prone to acne and breakouts.
  7. Pour some in a foot bath, for fungal conditions such as athlete’s foot.
  8. Add some to your regular bath to help soothe and heal inflamed skin or rashes.
  9. Use as a hair rinse, after shampooing, to alleviate itchy scalp conditions.
  10. Pour into a small spray bottle to make a disinfecting wound spray.
  11. Drinking calendula tea is reported to help heal gastric ulcers, congested lymph nodes and sore throat. It can potentially help break a fever by causing a sweat. Dosage is no more than 2 to 3 cups per day. (Not for pregnant women. See other contraindications HERE.)
  12. Make Calendula Ice. (Freeze tea in ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove from tray and store in single layers in labeled freezer bags. Rub a cube over rashes, scrapes, or other general boo-boos as needed.)
  13. Calendula tea can safely be used on most non-pregnant animals including: dogs, cats, horses, cows, rabbits, goats, chickens and ducks. It can be used as a soothing rinse for flea bites, eczema, scratches, scrapes, itchy coats or to help cleanse and heal minor wounds.
  14. For dogs prone to hot spots or other raw areas, calendula tea can be gently dabbed or spritzed on the area. This works fantastically on my little old albino dog, who frequently gets a chapped and sunburnt nose just from being outside a short while.

 

So, there’s our fourteen ways! I hope you found some possible ideas for you to try out on this list.

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting about making a calendula oil and salve recipe, plus practical uses for them. Be sure to check back soon or subscribe in some way, so that you don’t miss out on the free eBook at the end of the series!

Remember, I’m just a hobby herbalist; be sure to check with a medical professional if you are pregnant, on medication or have any questions or concerns. Also, there are a few links in this post that are affiliate links. That means if you click on them and purchase something, I earn a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you, but does allow me to pay for web hosting and keep doing what I’m doing! (Thank you!) :)

 

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60 Responses to 14 Uses For Calendula Tea

  1. Annie says:

    Thank you! Now I have lots of things to do with the pound of calendula I bought from Mountain Rose. :-)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, love your ideas :-)

  3. Erin S. says:

    Woohoo! I’m still working my way through your rose ebook and what with all the great ideas you had in THAT book I’m totally excited about the calendulas ideas/recipes too. Like Annie I have a pound of calendula flowers from MRH that I need to use. :-)

  4. Carmen says:

    Great article! I have a lot of dried calendula and some more of fresh to come, so I am looking forward for the e-book :)

  5. Mairzie says:

    I love calendula, but I didn’t realize it could stimulate menstruation. Here’s a question–in otherwise healthy females, at both ends of the monthly cycle spectrum, is it possible for calendula (taken internally) to stimulate menstruation? I mean, if the cycles are regular and healthy, or, in the case of a pre-/peri-menopausal lady, almost nonexistent, is there concern that menstruation could be stimulated, say, halfway through a cycle? I know you’re not a doctor, haven’t played on TV, and I won’t hold you responsible for any “wayward cycles”, but I’m asking as most doctors have NO CLUE about herbal properties and actions. {SMILE} Really, I’m just wondering. Thank you for all the excellent information. I can’t wait for the booklet!

    • Jan says:

      That’s a great question Mairzie!

      Almost every reference book I have warns against pregnant women (and animals) taking calendula internally, especially in the first trimester. However, when I looked around pubmed and such to make sure I was covering all of the calendula warnings sufficiently, I couldn’t find much (well any) documented scientific support for all of the claims saying that it stimulates menstruation in the first place.

      I did, however, find in several reputable herbal books/sites – references to calendula helping to *regulate* the menstrual cycle and help with menopausal symptoms, as well.

      I think it’s one of those things where not a lot of medical studies have been done, so you have to go by the traditional uses and warnings handed down through time. Going by those, it would seem that calendula has an effect on the cycle, but one that’s more of a regulating, beneficial thing (other than, if you’re pregnant, since tinkering with your cycle then is a no-no.) (On that thought, if you’re actively trying to get pregnant, it’s probably a bad idea to take calendula as well, but if you’re trying to improve your health for a future attempt at getting pregnant, it might be helpful.) (That was a random thought tangent though…)

      So, I wasn’t much help in answering your question! :) But, I do think calendula tea would be worth a try for someone attempting to regulate their cycle.

      • Mairzie says:

        Jan, this is a very good and most helpful reply. I know some young ladies who have cycle “distresses”, shall we say?, and I think calendula tea may be just the ticket. I wanted to be able to tell them not to worry, that they would not have TWO cycles in place of one! Also, I’ll let you know if the more mature lady finds any help with her cycle “distresses” by drinking calendula tea. Thank you, also, for the point on avoiding calendula if a pregnancy is desired. The idea of calendula regulating the cycle is most promising and I thank you for the response, the time it took you to research this, and your posting this information. I happily await the Calendula ebook! Thank you so much for this blog, too!

  6. misia says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  7. Renee says:

    Thank you for your useful information. I was helping my 4th grade daughter with her seed homework. We collected the seeds from our gardens, onions, chives, violas all the simple plants to grow, for a busy mom as me. And then the seeds from the flower my girls got at the market, 2 years ago. It’s so easy to grow and brilliant in color, and a great flower bed filler.After searching the Internet to figure out the name, I came across your website and fell in love. I shared this information with my daughter and now we have plans to allow this flower to spread and make our own tea because of its properties.

  8. Pam says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve just been diagnosed with endometriosis and Adnomoysis. I have been told by someone to mix calendula, ladies mantle and yarrow together as there has been known success in reducing Adnomoysis to the point of curing it completely.

    I was just wondering if you have heard of these combinations?. I’m only 29 and am actively trying to conceive. However, I am also wanting to shrink the Adnomoysis through natural means…. So I conceive naturally. I understand you’re not a doctor etc, but would love to hear your overall thoughts on this.

    Thank you so much in advance.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Pam, I don’t have a ton of knowledge on the topic, but I have heard red raspberry leaf tea is an excellent uterine tonic and can help smooth out imbalances. It’s also super safe to use. Nettle is another good, safe tonic for uterine health. You can drink both of them while pregnant too, to keep things balanced and nourished. (Of course, double check with your doctor on that.) I’m not where I can access it right now, but I believe I recently saw a few fellow bloggers post some resources on conceiving naturally, or maybe it was an ebook bundle, but I’ll email myself a note to look that up and get back with you on the link(s.) (It’s in a Facebook group I’m in of top natural bloggers, but I’ve banned myself from Facebook temporarily until I finish an ebook I’m writing, so it will be a few days.) :)

  9. Gina says:

    Hi Jan, what an awesome website you have!
    I’m due to get all 4 of my wisdom teeth out tomorrow & have a few of these flowers in my garden. Do you think it would be useful to help with the swelling & help aid the healing of the wounds? And how much do you think I should have per/day? I’m not sure if drinking warm tea on-top of stitches, especially so soon after surgery, is a good idea?

    • Jan says:

      I think it would be helpful, but I’d double check with your oral surgeon and see what they say as far as drinking liquids. I know I swished some salt water around my mouth too soon after I got mine out and ended up with dry socket, which wasn’t very fun. So definitely follow their instructions over mine. :) I hope you recuperate and heal up quickly!

  10. joslyn says:

    Calendula definitely may induce your cycle!!! I added it to my tea(Teavana blueberry bliss) for its skin benefits & the very next day my cycle began! I was a bit upset because I had just had one 18 days ago :( , BUT i do have IRREGULAR cycles. Instead of a normal 28 days, I’d go 32,38, or 44 days off. It really just does what it wants so maybe drinking it was a good thing as far as regulation. We’ll see!

    • Jan says:

      Wow! Sounds like calendula has a strong effect on you! Thanks for sharing your experience with us and I hope things even out for you! :)

  11. Hey Jan

    Just happened upon your blog, and love all your resources. Just to jump in on the menstrual cycle question, I totally agree that pregnant women are best to avoid 1) because it can support a woman to have a healthy menstrual cycle and 2) there is no scientific evidence to support its safety during this time. However, I think a better way to talk about calendula is that it is going to bring on a menstrual cycle that is already there, so in that way it is helping to regulate it, rather than induce it. To Marzie’s point of not wanting these girls to have two cycles in one- the calendula is going to instead help balance the cycle. Tons of things can affect the menstrual cycle- from stress to fatigue to herbs and drugs. I guess what I am getting at, is if you don’t have a cycle ie you are a young girl or in menopause, you aren’t going to just start bleeding. And if you have a regular cycle, but experience menstrual cramps or PMS (both of which calendula is super effective for) you aren’t going to all of a sudden bleed spontaneously. However, if your cycle is inherently irregular, then yes calendula will try to work and balance it out- thus appearing to potentially trigger it. :)

    By the way- love the ice cube idea, going to have to try that one out. So convenient!

  12. Sheila says:

    for the tea can I substitute milk for the water??

    • Jan says:

      Hi Shelia! That’s a good question… I remember reading before that milk blocks certain herbs, but in other cases can be helpful for absorption. I’m just not sure about how it interacts with calendula, but I’ll add it to my research list and get back with you if I find out. (Or hopefully someone will read this and answer us both in the comments!) :)

  13. Greta says:

    Hey just a quick question! I was recently in a collision now I have these scars on my face, would steaming my face with calendula tea fade them or make the disappear altogether?

  14. sharo says:

    I have been prescribed to do a sitz bath in calendula for my chronic inflammation for pelvic floor. my Chinese herbalist practioner suggested this once a week.

  15. Tori says:

    How long can you keep calendula tea before it go’s bad?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Tori! If you keep calendula tea refrigerated, it should stay good around 24 to 48 hours. You can freeze it in ice cube trays too and store the cubes in a freezer bag for months, so it’s always handy when you need it!

      • Lisette Callis says:

        Jan,
        i think Tori means in the dried form. to which i would say, months or years in a sealed container, with a little air as possible.

        • Hi Lisette, That’s a great point! Yes, the dried tea will have a much longer shelf life than the fresh. :) I always go by color rather than a set date. As the yellow/orange color fades, so does the potency. Herbs that lose their color and look faded/washed out, should be composted & replaced with a fresh batch.

  16. Regina says:

    I didn’t read comments. Can you tell me what the difference between marigold and calendula are? I’ve just discovered many articles saying this. Are there different types which are more considered calendula, and others marigold?

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  18. george says:

    Hi we have a beutiful and pleasant tom cat he suffers from itchey skin around his eyes lids, this so far is the only thing that works. We use it like a tea over the eye lids this works and also use it as a face wash for him. Great stuff but l did not know about calidula flowers other uses thanks l will try a tea thanks again georg and angie

  19. Diana says:

    Love the ice cube idea!! I’m going to have to try. I’m interested in regulating my periods cause I’m not very sure where mine have gone… I’m 25!, I’m pretty sure stess to blame. Anyways a friend sent me a recipe to try for PCOS it includes calendula, honey , raspberries and vodka …should be interesting. Problem is this mixture has to sit in a dark area for 2 months before I can start my daily tbls intake …so in the meantime I’ve decided to try calendulas teas!!

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  21. Barbara Smuland says:

    I read somewhere that calendula tea is healing for the liver. I was just told my cholesterol is high and that the liver is responsible for our cholesterol levels. If I drink calendula tea, would this help lower my cholesterol?

  22. JANET says:

    My mother has very dry eyes and developed double vision. The dr. is not sure what the cause is of this. Would you recommend calendula tea for this and how would you use it?

    • Hi Janet, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s eyes! I’m afraid I really don’t know if this would help or not. There could be many causes of her symptoms and I just don’t have medical training to know. Has she sought a second opinion – particularly from a holistic doctor or naturopath? I found the physician my kids see by asking around at the local health store, to see who they used and recommended.

  23. Kathy says:

    Hi, I’m loving all your recipes for calendula and all the comments that are followed. Just wondering what size jar you used when you say to ,”fill a jar with calendula flowers and cover with oil” or water in the case of the tea. Thanks so much for your help!

    • Hi Kathy! For this post on tea, I used a half-pint (8 oz) canning jar, but if you want to make a larger amount, you can use a pint (16 oz) jar. For infused oils, I usually go with a pint jar, since I use the finished oil in a lot of different projects throughout the year.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hello, thank you for all the great info. I have always loved calendula. I have used it many times in salves and oils for scraps,burns and other abrasions but i have never used it internally. I have reciently had a rather bad cold and now have several swollen lymph nodes, do you think if i apply the tea externally to the swollen areas that it would be assimilated into the lymph node?

  25. Lilly says:

    Sorry I forgot the name part. I left the previous reply.

  26. Ellen says:

    I was just given a pound of dried calendula from a friend and am figuring out what to do with it. How long would they last in Hawaii where it is hot and humid?

    • Hi Ellen, What a wonderful gift and nice friend! We have hot, humid summers here, but I haven’t been to Hawaii to compare firsthand. (Maybe someday!) I imagine if they’re kept tightly sealed in the coolest, shadiest spot you can find for them, they should be okay for many months. If you spot mold then you know moisture got in somehow and you’ll not want to use them. Once the colors fade too, then their potency is usually faded as well. I’ve received vacuum sealed herbs before, with a little desiccant bag in each, and the color and freshness of those lasted wonderfully! So, perhaps something like that could help?

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  29. M. says:

    Good morning, Jan. This isn’t a comment, rather a question. I have Pink Surprise calendula seeds. From what I read on the internet, this IS Calendula officinalis. Are the pink(ish) flowers interchangeable with the yellow/orange flowers for the above uses? Thanks! Have a lovely day.

  30. M. says:

    Thanks, Jan. I appreciate your answer. I’ll let you know how mine grow. We are having a wet, chilly Spring, so I’m not sure what will come up when. Sigh. Have a lovely evening.

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