How to Make Calendula Tea

Kristen Wood
by Kristen Wood
1 servings
5 min

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Learn how to make Calendula (Calendula officinalis) tea with dried or fresh calendula flowers, hot or iced, including a sun tea method. These gentle blossoms are soothing and packed with healing properties.

a clear glass with calendula blossoms floating in it
Why You'll Love It


  • Super easy to make.
  • Soothing and neutral in flavor. Not overly floral.
  • Great warm or iced.
  • Easily customizable.
  • Naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, keto, low carb and soy-free.
Learn how to make Calendula tea with dried or fresh calendula flowers, hot or iced, including a sun tea method. These gentle blossoms are soothing and packed with healing properties.
What You'll Need


  • Dried or fresh calendula (Calendula officinalis) blossoms.
  • Water.
I had fun playing with a variety of edible flowers for this post. This was a summer solstice inspired mandala.
How-to Make


You simply steep the dried or fresh calendula flowers in boiling water or use the sun tea method outlined in the recipe card, then serve warm or iced.

bright yellow calendula flowers resting in a glass of water on a wooden table
How-to Serve


  • Warm, as is.
  • Poured over ice.
  • With a swirl of a favorite sweetener. Honey, coconut sugar and agave all make great choices.
  • Topped off with dairy or vegan milk of choice.
a cup of calendula tea surrounded by fresh bright orange edible flowers
Benefits


  • Anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Antibacterial properties.
  • Antimicrobial properties.
  • Calendula tea can be applied topically or misted on the skin for strong skin healing benefits for any variety of skin irritations.
  • Can be beneficial for a sore throat or mouth irritations.

Note: calendula tea is very gentle and soothing for most people, but a small percentage of the population is allergic to the Asteraceae family that calendula is a part of. Use caution if you are new to calendula and seek medical attention if anything worrisome occurs.

FAQ & Top Tips


Can I double or triple this recipe?

Yes! You can size up as much as you need to whilst keeping the same ratio in mind.

Can I make a big batch with the sun tea method?

Yes! You can size up as much as you need. A good rule of thumb for this method is to fill your vessel 1/4 of the with dried blossoms or to the top with fresh blossoms.

Can I store this tea in the refrigerator?

Yes. Cooled calendula tea will keep well stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Serve chilled or heat on the stove over medium heat until warm throughout.

Learn how to make Calendula tea with dried or fresh calendula flowers, hot or iced, including a sun tea method. These gentle blossoms are soothing and packed with healing properties.

Medical Disclaimer: All that I share here is based upon my lifelong relationship with plants. Please always do your own research and consult with medical professionals when needed.

Recipe details
  • 1  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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Ingredients

  • ▢ 2 tablespoons dried calendula flowers or 1 cup fresh blossoms
  • ▢ 1 1/2 cups boiling water
Instructions

▢ Place the dried calendula blossoms into the bottom of a heat-proof mug or cup. Cover with the boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
▢ After steeping, drink as is (with the blossoms) or strain the blossoms to enjoy a warm cup of tea. If serving iced, let the tea cool to room temperature before pouring over ice. See notes below for more tips! Enjoy.
Tips
  • Please note: The fresh flowers used in the photographs for this recipe, including the mandala, are not all calendula, they are there to be pretty (always an artist!:)), as this was a summer-inspired recipe!
  • Optionally: stir in 2 teaspoons of a favorite sweetener (honey, coconut sugar, etc.) when the tea is warm or top off with a favorite milk (dairy or vegan).
  • To make this tea with a sun tea method: place the blossoms in a jar and cover with cold water; screw the lid on tightly. Place on a sunny windowsill or outside in the sun for at least 4 hours before enjoying.
  • For more fabulous information about Calendula, please visit the lovely Colleen over on Grow Forage Cook Ferment to learn 10 Reasons to Grow Calendula!
  • You might also like: Aphrodisiac Tea.
  • You might like: Calendula Lip Balm Recipe.
  • You might like: Blue Lotus Tea.
  • Also see: Black Walnut Bitters.
Kristen Wood
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