Calendula Tea - for internal or topical use.

Calendula possesses several potent antioxidants, including triterpenes, flavonoids, polyphenols, and carotenoids, all of which provide the body and skin with antioxidants that help in the inflammation response. While inflammation is the first step in healing, constant inflammation is at the root of all dis-ease.

Calendula tea can be taken internally or used topically.  As a topical spray, calendula promotes collagen production at wound sites for quick healing and less scarring.  Calendula is anti-inflammatory and, when taken internally, is nourishing for all mucous linings.

Topical uses for Calendula Tea:
* Acne face wash - wash affected area.
* Facial toner
* Antiseptic spray- cuts, diaper rash, dermatitis, disinfect wounds, eczema, or other skin irritation.
*Bath- wounds and hemorrhoids, add several cups tea to bathtub.
* Hair rinse - dry, itchy scalp or other skin irritation.

Internal Uses for Calendula Tea: 3-4 Cups of tea per day.
* Sore throat rinse - gargle in back of the throat.
* Antiseptic mouth rinse - swish in mouth and discard.
* Menstruation regulator - can help regulate the menstrual cycle, but because of its ability to induce menstruation, don’t take calendula tea internally while pregnant.
* Fever reducer - helps induce sweating, so it may help treat a fever.
* Digestive aid - helps soothe digestion and can be especially helpful for gastric ulcers.

For Kids:  
All topical uses are safe for babies and kids.  Internally, calendula tea can be given to babies who are eating solid food (it is not advised to give to younger babies.)  Older babies and toddlers could have 1 or 2 droppers full a day.
For older kids (4 years and up), drink like a regular tea (may need to add honey as the taste is bitter).

Calendula Tea Recipe, use within three days.
Put 1 TBSP. dried calendula flowers in a tea ball, add 2 cup water.  Steep for 10-12 minutes.  
Take internally or spray topically on the skin.  

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Note: if you are pregnant or have an allergy to the Asteraceae/Compositae family please abstain from using or ask your care provider.