The Calendula plant is also known as the pot marigold and as a flowering herb has always been a garden favorite. Its botanical name is Calendula - a name which came from the Romans who observed that in their warm Mediterranean climate the colorful blooms were always present. The name originated because the flower could be seen on the first day of each month - the calends. The marigold is believed to have originated in India and seeds were brought to Europe by the early Persian spice traders.
The petals are dried and infused to make a hot beverage but they have also been used to make a healthy broth, make a salad more visually appealing and surprisingly have also been used in the manufacture of marigold cheese. The special properties of Calendula as suggested in home remedies are as follows: calendula tea can be used for gastritis and a warm gargle has been used to soothe canker sores. The tea has also been recommended for women with painful menstruation or menopausal problems.
Since the Calendula petals are flavour neutral they can be used to decorate any tea blend.
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