How to Make Healing Calendula Tea to Relieve Sore Throat

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Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is one of my favourite plants. Not only it has cheerful golden flowers, but it is one of the most versatile among medicinal herbs. Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that calendula extracts may have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, and therefore the flowers are used in topical applications to treat skin problems, such as healing wounds, cuts, ulcers, sun burn and to replenish damaged or irritated skin.

But calendula is also used not only for topical application, but as gargle to treat gum disease or to sooth sore throat due to its excellent antiseptic properties.The antimicrobial effects of calendula may be effective to remove mucus and combating infection along the respiratory tract. Therefore gargling or drinking tea made from fresh or dried calendula flowers may help to reduce inflammation and relieve sore throat. If you are using dried petals they can be stored in screw top glass jars for later use.


The role of the cayenne pepper is to help relieve the pain in the sore throat. The main active compound found in cayenne is a substance known as capsaicin. Capsaicin has shown to contain pain-relieving properties by hindering the transmission of a neurotransmitter responsible for transmitted pain signals to your brain. While cayenne pepper can help relieve the pain of a sore throat, it will not destroy the cause of this symptom such as bacteria or viruses (this will be done by the calendula), but it can be an effective symptom treatment.

Calendula Tea Recipe To Relieve Sore Throat

1/4 cup fresh calendula petals (or half the amount dried petals)
A piece of fresh orange peel
2 tbsp orange juice
A sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Honey or stevia to taste

Infuse the calendula petals in 1 cup of boiling water with the fresh orange peel for 5 minutes. Add the honey or stevia and the orange juice. Stir well, strain and add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Drink slowly twice or three times a day to sooth your throat.

You can find more useful information about calendula and other herbs in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs:

Herbal Remedies Guide

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