Calendula Tea

Today was the complete opposite of yesterday, and just as enjoyable. While yesterday was a go with the flow kind of day where I was drawn to different events throughout the day, today could most accurately be described as a do nothing day. As my favorite Pooh Bear says, “Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing”!

There was great value, and restoration, in doing a lot of nothing today. At the end of my day of resting and reading, playing and watching videos on Amazon Prime, and my one foray into the world…dinner out…I brewed a new-to-me kind of herbal tea. 

I have greatly enjoyed creating teas from the herbs growing in my garden. So far I’ve sipped on teas crafted from thyme, mint, lemon balm, lemon grass, bee balm, and rosemary, all plucked fresh from my backyard. 

This week I read a post from Anthony William about the many health benefits of calendula tea. I was excited about the info. I’ve grown calendula in my garden for three years. That’s it in the picture above, slightly to the right of center. I have the yellow flowers planted in the big black kettle that I have plus more growing this year in a tall metal bucket. I collect seeds from the plants in the fall and sow them every spring. 

I use calendula and calendula oil in skin products that I make. I was delighted to learn from Anthony that drinking tea made from the dried flower petals is so beneficial. I have a container of dried blooms. Tonight presented the perfect opportunity to brew calendula tea. 

Calendula is classified as a medicinal flower. Consumed as a tea, it is highly beneficial and soothing for ulcers, indigestion, colitis, heartburn, gall bladder and liver problems, and inflammation. Calendula is antiviral, making it excellent in supporting the lymphatic and immune systems. 

The flower has anticancer properties and it is known to combat a variety of cancers. It contains carotenoids that reduce the signs of aging by decreasing wrinkles and nourishing the skin. At a cellular level, calendula has the ability to provide healing from the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. 

This is a powerful little flower! 

I added a heaping teaspoon of the dried petals to a cup of very hot water, using my little mesh strainer to hold the herb. After covering the mug, I let the tea steep for ten minutes. 

The tea was aromatic as I brought the steaming cup to my nose. I’ve been sipping on it as I type my blog post. The tea is flavorful, without being heavy, with a hint of earthiness. Although the dried petals have lost their bright yellow color, the tea is a light golden brown…sunshine in a cup. 

I love trying different herbal teas. Each has important health benefits. Most of all, I love that I am growing these hebs and flowers in my backyard garden. I feel like I am actively participating in my health by growing plants that can nurture and enhance my healing. 

And that is the best feeling of all. 

Pineapple Sage Tea

It’s been a fun and full weekend so far, as I’ve spent time at the 2 Friends & Junk Show with my daughters. I came away from that event inspired to create, and with some awesome finds. I cherished the time with my adult daughters too. 

This evening called for downtime, coloring and a cup of hot herbal tea. 

Part of my healing journey is to drink a cup of tea every night. I love that I can walk through my herb garden, as the sun is setting, and pick fresh sprigs to steep. So far I’ve enjoyed teas made from lemon balm, thyme and mint. 

I decided to try something new tonight. After a bit of research, I settled on pineapple sage. I have a healthy plant that returns to my garden each year. Not only does it smell wonderful, it’s attractive leaves are pleasing to look at, and in the fall, it blooms with bright scarlet flowers. 

The healing benefits of pineapple sage tea are many, and include:

  • Aids digestion
  • Antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial
  • Diuretic 
  • Great source of vitamins A and K
  • Relieves nausea, indigestion and colitis 
  • Protects the lining of the stomach
  • Relieves cold and flu symptoms 
  • Balances hormones
  • Aids memory and promotes mental health
  • Lowers cholesterol 
  • Boosts metabolism 
  • Helps in treating Type 2 diabetes

I brewed a cup of pineapple sage tea by steeping a sprig in a cup of very hot water for about eight minutes. The tea has a delicate, slightly tangy flavor, and a robust aroma. 

I’m excited to add this herbal tea to my rotation. Not only will I reap the health benefits but picking the herb from my garden and preparing the tea contributes to my self care and my sense of well being. I like having such an active role in my health. 

I have more herbs growing in my garden. Inspired by Anthony William, I will be researching them all, and creating teas to enjoy in the evenings. Here’s to health and vitality! 

Surrender 54: Thyme for Tea

I was excited to come across an article, written by the Medical Medium, Anthony William. He extolled the virtues of drinking thyme tea. I was thrilled because I grow thyme in my herb garden and I love finding new uses for my herbs. Thanks to Anthony, I now know the many health benefits of drinking thyme tea! 

 Thyme (lower center of photo) growing in my garden last summer. 

According to the Medical Medium, as he is known as, thyme tea contains powerful anti-viral properties. If consumed regularly, the tea helps reduce the viral load on the body, making it helpful to those suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Mutiple Sclerosis. 

Thyme tea also helps boost memory, relieves headaches, muscle tension, and fevers, eases coughs, and fights colds and infections. It contains a compound that makes it an excellent tranquilizer. Thyme helps regulate sleep patterns and defends against stress damage. 


This fragrant herb is great for the digestive and urinary tracts and has a high antioxidant level, making it a wonderful agent for removing free radicals and other disease causing substances from the body. 

That’s an abundance of health benefits and great reasons for trying thyme tea this evening! This time of year I don’t have fresh thyme, although I will soon. Fortunately, I have dried thyme, harvested from my garden. 

To make thyme tea:

Pour 10 – 16 ounces of hot water over two sprigs of fresh thyme (available in the produce section of the supermarket or it’s very easily grown in a garden or container), or use one teaspoon of dried thyme in a tea infuser. Let steep 15 – 20 minutes. 

I drink a lot of herbal teas, and don’t add anything else to enhance the flavor. However, honey or lemon could be added. I found the tea to be delicious, with a light, clean taste. And the aroma was wonderful! I could happily drink this hot tea every evening before bed. 

During the warmer months, Anthony offers an alternative that’s refreshing and just as healthy. 

Thyme Water

Add two bunches of fresh thyme sprigs to 32 – 64 ounces of room temperature water, along with lemon, cucumber slices, mint or berries. Allow to sit on the kitchen counter overnight. Strain water and sip on throughout the day. 

I appreciate Anthony’s “thymely” article and his wealth of knowledge. I look forward to trying both flavorful thyme concoctions. And to discovering more healthy uses for the herbs growing in my apothecary garden. 

Found out more about the Medical Medium here. 


Journey 236: Lemon Balm Tea in the Garden

I have been drawn repeatedly into the garden today. Early this morning, I strolled through before heading out for the office and then to Mt. Vernon for a closing. I spied a praying mantis immediately, who turned his head to peer back at me. 


When I finished work late this afternoon, I returned to sit in the garden, surrounded by beauty and mild sunshine. I kicked off my shoes and settled back into a chair, watching bees and butterflies flitting from flower to flower. Life. Life filled my own little paradise, along with peace. 


After a quick summertime dinner, I returned to the herb garden to snip sprigs of fresh lemon balm and mint. The unusually cool temps we are experiencing remind me that fall is approaching. I wanted a cup of hot herbal  tea. 

I used my tea mug with the little mesh strainer to prepare the tea. Filling the mug with steaming water, I let the lemon balm and mint leaves steep, covered, for about 10 minutes. A delicate lemony aroma filled the air and I looked forward to sipping the herbal tea out by a cozy little fire in the fire pit. 

While I was waiting, I googled the health benefits of lemon balm tea. This member of the mint family is great for treating disorders of the digestive system and cleansing the liver. It has antioxidant properties as well. Lemon balm is most recognized for its calming effect, relieving stress and lowering anxiety. Although I wasn’t experiencing stress or anxiety, the light green tea was flavorful and soothing, and I felt very relaxed after drinkng a cup. 

I lingered in the garden long after the sun set, sipping my lemon balm mint tea, watching the little crackling fire, listening to the droning song of the cicadas. The cool air carried the scent of herbs as they stirred just beyond the flickering firelight. What bliss. It feels like summer is slipping away, the shorter days signaling the trees to begin changing the colors of their leaves. It won’t be long until this garden shifts in response, but there is beauty present at every stage, during every season. I’ll enjoy every moment. 


Day 351: Chamomile and Fennel Tea

chamomile and fennel tea

Today’s first combines several firsts, actually. And like so many of my experiences this year, it came to me. This time, it was not exactly in a way I would have chosen. I had lunch today at a favorite restaurant, and ate chili that I have eaten several times before. Today, however, the chili DID NOT agree with me. As the afternoon progressed, I felt worse and worse….nauseated and light headed. My granddaughter Aubrey and I were at Chick Fil A when I decided I needed to be at home. She was agreeable, precious little nurturer that she is.

When I feel nauseated, which is rare, the discomfort is made worse by the fact that I don’t throw up. In my whole life I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually vomited, and 3 of those times were connected to morning sickness during pregnancy. Even when I KNOW I’d feel better emptying my stomach, I can’t seem to. So the nausea turns to pain and acid backs up my esophagus, closing off my throat. As I tried to play with Aubrey I became miserable. I attempted to soothe the upset with antacids, which didn’t help. And then Pepto Bismal, which helped a little. Poor Aubrey, I wasn’t a very good companion this afternoon. She played and entertained me and we watched Peter Pan together….and I fought down the waves of discomfort that would rise into my throat.

After Aubrey left, I had an idea. I have dried herbs, some recently prepared from my own garden, and I decided to create, for the first time, a hot tea from a combination of herbs that could soothe my digestive system. From my book Home Herbal, I found a recipe I could adapt slightly. I had most of the herbs. It was time to bring healing to myself.

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The tea is a combination of chamomile and fennel, plus marshmallow root, yarrow and lemongrass. The lemongrass was from my apothecary garden, and the first time I’ve made a tea using my own home grown herbs. I scooped a teaspoon of each dried herb, using my recently acquired wooden teaspoon (another first) and placed the herbal mixture in a metal ball. Dropping the metal ball into my white porcelain teapot, I covered it with boiling water and let the herbs steep for about 10 minutes. The tea was light in color and tasted great.

The chamomile soothes stomach irritation and upset, and relaxes the body. Fennel aids in digestion and adds a subtle licorice taste to the tea. Marshmallow root improves digestion. Yarrow, which is an ancient herb used for medicine, is good for indigestion and improves liver, pancreas and gall bladder function. Lemongrass is a great general health herb, easing aches and pains and soothing infection.

I passed on dinner tonight and had a couple of cups of hot, flavorful tea. I felt better almost immediately. Whether it was the power of the herbs or the power of my mind, or both, I don’t know. Whatever the reason, the relief was very welcomed. And I now  have a tested recipe to use should I battle nausea again. I’d much rather sip a cup of tea than down antacids or sip on the bright pink stuff! I am grateful to feel good again.

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