Calendula officinalis is an annual herb bearing an edible orange or yellow daisy-like flower. Naturalized throughout most of the world, calendula flower is a cheerful ornamental plant employed by many herbalists for its beneficial properties. Calendula flowers can be infused in oils and incorporated into lotions, creams, and balms. They brighten herbal tea blends and make a tasty calendula tea infusion.
Calendula flowers are used topically as a vulnerary, an antimicrobial, and an anti-inflammatory.
It is a wonderful digestive ally. Calendula tea is commonly used to help ease peptic ulcers, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and inflammatory bowel disease. Calendula helps heal gastric and intestinal inflammation from infection or irritation through its vulnerary, anti- inflammatory, and antimicrobial actions.