My mother’s friend gave us some marigold seeds earlier this year. She studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and told us about the benefits of marigold flowers – it helps to maintain healthy eyes and soothe skin irritations and can replace the benefits of chrysanthemum as tea. We have been drinking chrysanthemum tea regularly and chemical free chrysanthemum flowers are difficult to come by nowadays as prices increase during the COVID-19 lockdown. So we decided to plant our own marigold flowers.
How to prepare your own marigold tea
- Pluck the marigold flowers and rinse them clean.
- Spread it out on a tray to dry. Before it completely dries, pluck out the petals. The bottom part of the flower are the seeds. You can sow the seeds to plant more marigolds.
- Let the petals air out and dry some more. The drier the flowers, the longer you can store them.
- Take a bunch of petals and put in a mug or teapot. Pour boiling water and steep for a few minutes and your marigold tea is ready.
Marigold is also known as the poor man’s saffron. You will notice that the tea turns yellow once you pour hot water onto the petals. It gives out a nice golden colour and a slight citrusy fragrance. I have some mint in the garden too and I dried them and mixed them with the marigold for a marigold mint tea. Ah, smells wonderful.
So try making your own marigold tea today instead of buying chemically processed teas. Healthy and organic teas can be easily made just at home.