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James B. Porter

More commonly known as marigold, the calendula has a bright orange or yellow flower, and grows abundantly in Mediterranean countries. They have been used for centureis for their very striking visual appeal, however they were also used as common flavoring in cooking, and add a bright gold color to rice dishes or stews. Aside from these culinary purposes, calendula flowers can also be made into a beneficial tea that can be advantageous to use for medicinal purposes as well. This is because this plant contains many flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which can assist in improving help and healing certain health problems. In the United States as well as throughout much of Europe, calendula tea is most prominently known for its ability to heal minor skin infections, cuts, and bruises, aside from a host of other benefits.