Add one cup of boiling water to about a tablespoon of marigolds. Let steep for about five minutes and enjoy. For a twist, cool the tea and make a delicious beverage by adding the fruit juice of your choice.
A Bit of History
The marigold has long been valued for its religious, magical, and medicinal value. A native North American plant, it was revered by the Aztecs in rituals and treatments; monks who grew them in Spanish monasteries; Hindus in weddings and religious ceremonies; and Catholics throughout Mexico and Latin America who decorated household altars with them on All Saints Day (and still do). The flower is enjoyed in salads and, of course, as a delicious-tasting tea whose medicinal values have been proclaimed by ancient and today’s health communities for soothing upset stomachs, easing mental cramps, and more.