Boost Your Immune System and Reduce Inflammation Naturally

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The best way to prevent a cold or flu is to boost your immune system and make sure it is in good working order.  One of the best natural immune stimulants is Calendula.

Calendula officinalis is also known as Pot Marigold.  They are easy to grow and add colour to any garden.  The flowers can be used as dye, in a salad or steeped into tea.  Calendula is also available in health food stores in tinctures and capsules.

There are many different brightly colored marigolds but it has been thought, traditionally, that the bright yellow orange blossoms are the most medicinally active.

The actions of Calendula to name a few include:

  • Immune Stimulant
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Anti-Histamine

Calendula stimulates the immune system and promotes lymphatic drainage.  It increases sweating in fevers allowing toxins to be removed from the body.  There are capsules, tinctures, oils and teas made from Calendula.  For good information on making your own Calendula oil take a look at the Natural Society page

My personal favorite delivery system, as usual, is Calendula tea.  The tea can be taken internally to boost the immune system, combat candida and clear congestion.  It can also be used externally to reduce inflammation and sore muscles.  The anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties of Calendula also make it excellent for wound healing.

Calendula Tea Recipe:

1 cup dried calendula petals
1/4 cup peppermint leaves dried and crushed
1/4 cup elderflowers dried

Combine the herbs in a paper bag or jar.  Mix thoroughly.  Use 1-2 teaspoons in 1 cup of boiling water.  Steep 3 minutes.  Add honey if desired.

The tea can also be made with fresh herbs but then you would want to use

1 Tablespoon fresh calendula petals
1 teaspoon fresh peppermint leaves
1 teaspoon fresh elderflowers

The steeping time would be the same.

A few years ago I made an immune boost tea using

1 cup dried calendula blossoms
1/2 cup dried peppermint leaves
3/4 cup dried mullein

Use 1-2 teaspoons in 1 cup boiling water.  Steep 3 minutes and add honey if desired.

This tea is excellent for sore throats as well.  It heals the rawness and reduces inflammation.

Another excellent use of calendula in either oil or tea form is to treat skin eruptions.  Calendula has been used to treat acne, burns, eczema and insect bites.  Simply apply the oil or a cotton ball soaked with the tea to the affected area.

It is clear that calendula has many different medicinal uses.  The culinary uses of this flower are varied as well.  It can be added to stews, stir-fry’s (at the end) and salads.

This spring try planting some Marigolds in your veggie garden to add beauty and a new flavour.

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