The flower petals from calendula can be used to add colour to salads, rice dishes, soups, stir fries, stews, biscuits and desserts. You can also use fresh leaves in salads.
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.
Add calendula tea to your homemade baby wipes solution to help alleviate and prevent diaper rash.
Use calendula tea as an eye rinse for itchy eyes due to allergies, dryness and viral pink-eye. My daughter had pink-eye last year and applying a calendula tea compress and wash to her eyes throughout the first 2 days, it was gone!
An infusion or tincture of the petals taken internally will help with inflammatory problems in the digestive system, such as peptic ulcers, colitis and gastritis.
Calendula is cleansing for the liver and gall bladder and can be helpful for jaundice, hepatitis and liver congestion. Externally it is commonly used in ointments, cream and lotions for dry inflamed skin, cuts, abrasions, eczema, acne, fungal infections, burns, nappy rash and conjunctivitis