How To Make Marigold Tea

Marigold flowers, known as Tageteserecta, are famous for landscaping, gardening, skin care, and making healthy and flavorful tea. Marigold tea has a slightly citrus taste and is abundant in antioxidants, making it an excellent way to enhance your health.

I’ve always felt like marigolds are underrated in the edible flower world. Due to their versatility, popularity, and flavor, you’ll see endless recipes with roses, lavender, and pansies. But marigolds are full of beautiful and wonderful benefits. Marigolds are easy to grow and should be considered in your edible flower garden.

Why you should grow some marigolds:

  • Marigolds are easy to grow
  • Marigolds are edible
  • They naturally repel certain pests from your precious garden.
  • They attract other pollinators.

What is marigold tea good for?

Marigold tea has been used for its benefits for centuries, especially for digestive problems like upset stomach, heartburn, and constipation. It also improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation.

Marigold tea has various benefits for women, including alleviating cramps, aiding digestion, and relieving nausea, stomach ulcers, and menstrual discomfort. Additionally, marigold tincture can ease headaches and facilitate sleep.

Is marigold tea safe?

Avoid consuming marigolds if you’re allergic to plants in the daisy (composite) family. Do not take this if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or before surgery.

What does marigold tea taste like?

Marigolds have a citrusy, peppery flavor similar to arugula with a hint of anise. Signet marigolds are known for their sweeter taste, with more robust citrus notes and less bitterness than calendula.

How to harvest marigolds for tea:

To harvest marigold blooms, pick or cut off the flower where it meets the stem. For edible or medicinal purposes, avoid collecting the heads that are already starting to dry and go to seed. Fresh blooms are best for this. Use the older ones for seed-saving instead.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried marigold petals
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice.


  • Small saucepan or tea kettle to boil water
  • Tea strainer or infuser

How to Brew marigold tea:

Start by bringing the cup of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat and let it cool for about 1 minute. This will help to prevent the delicate marigold petals from being overcooked.

Once the water has cooled slightly, add the marigold petals to the water. If you are using a tea infuser, place the petals into the infuser and submerge it in the water. If you are not using an infuser, simply place the petals directly into the water. Allow the mixture to steep for 3-5 minutes.

After 3-5 minutes, remove the infuser or strain out the marigold petals. At this point, you can add honey to sweeten if desired. Enjoy your cup of marigold tea!

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  1. Calendula’s and marigolds are two different types of plants which one is edible, this article is confusing.

  2. I don’t see what is misleading or confusing about this article. She mentions calendula once referring to the fact that, quote, “Signet marigolds are known for their sweeter taste, with more robust citrus notes and less bitterness than calendula”. Good to know that calendula is also edible.
    The picture I see, is of a patch of beautiful orange double bloom marigolds, at least that’s what we call them here in Canada.
    Thank you for the very informative article. It was exactly what I was looking for.

  3. Thank you for sharing! Now I must look up zinnias it’s a hunt for all things good! Divine healing to all!??I’m trying not to be sad about how unhealthy our world is living so it’s very important we have medicine when the waters of our lands illness reaches us returning the effects of our polluting and destructive ways. May the spirit of love and life help us all! ?? Not sure what to do anymore but try to help educate others theres so much to learn so thank you again for helping the cause by educating others??Be blessed ?

    1. I truly couldn’t agree more! Sharing our light and being positive influences is literally the most healing thing I could do in a dying planet. I am an optimist to a fault, I believe we can all make a different, even if it’s just planting flowers and healing ourselves with tea! Thanks for your comment. xox Love Sarah

  4. Thanks a lot for sharing the beneficial information. I love your optimism. May you be blessed for your intention to help the planet and its people. Much love and light. ?