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Calendula is also known as marigold and pot marigold. It is a generally easy growing plant that can be found in North America and Europe. The plant produces flowers in orange and yellow shades. Those flowers can be used to produce calendula tea, which can be drunk for pleasure but which is also used for a variety of medicinal purposes.
Calendula tea can be purchased on the Internet or in health food stores. A person can also prepare her own calendula tea. To do so, she will pour boiling water on the flowers from the plant. After allowing the potion to steep for five to 15 minutes, she should strain it. The tea can be consumed as such or applied topically. In any case, it is generally suggested that the substance be used at least three times per day.
One of calendula tea’s most reputable medicinal characteristics is its ability to act as an anti-inflammatory. This is believed to be possible because of flavonoids it contains. Its tendency to alleviate inflammation motivates people to use it for both internal and external conditions. When consumed, it can treat problems such as acid reflux, sore throat, and indigestion. Externally inflamed conditions for which the tea is used include bee stings, hemorrhoids, and acne.
It is believed that calendula tea is beneficial for a number of topical purposes. The tea is also believed to have anti-bacterial properties. As a result, it is often applied to cuts, bruises, and sites of skin infection. Applying the tea and consuming it are furthermore believed to be linked to the promotion of skin renewal. Some even suggest that the tea has the ability to stimulate collagen production.
There are records suggesting that calendula tea has been used for thousands of years. Throughout that time, it has maintained a reputation as being safe. There are no widely held reports of the substance negatively interacting with medications. There are also no reports of side effects caused by consumption of the tea. Since calendula tea has been found to be both mild and effective, there are no widely held indications suggesting that it should not be used for children.
The tea can also be used to treat pets. For example, a dog suffering from external skin irritations may be bathed in the substance. Pet owners do not have to worry about whether pets will lick the area where the substance has been applied because there is no indication that calendula poses threats to animals if they consume it.