Plants and Health

Marigold: benefits and virtues


The Calendula officinalis, commonly known as garden marigold, orofficinal marigold, is a very bright orange-yellow flower,

which opens and closes according to the movements of the sun. This peculiarity has earned her the nickname "Bride of the Sun". It belongs to the asteraceae family.

His varieties are diverse but its culture is simple. A single sowing in ordinary, drained soil between April and June is enough for the marigold to reseed itself from year to year. He can be sown in pot or in a garden and only requires very low maintenance.

Native to the Mediterranean basin, it is cultivated in all regions of the world with a temperate climate and measures between 40 and 70 cm. Its flowering begins in the first days of spring, and can last throughout the year. Its flowers are edible.

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From Antiquity, use of officinal marigold is noticed in cooked, but also in cosmetic. It won the hearts of Europeans in the 7th century, and its culture developed in the Middle Ages. His medicinal virtues stand out: it soothes the Insect bites, the snake bites, and seems effective against the jaundice, the conjunctivitis, the fever.

Herbalists and doctors appropriate it and integrate it into the production of hygiene products and dermatological because of its therapeutic virtues.

What are they ? What impact on the body? What dosage for unparalleled results?

Properties, benefits and virtues of marigold

The officinal marigold has active subtances which give it its anti-inflammatory, anti-edematous, anti-oxidant, analgesic properties and hydrating. These are the flavonoids, triterpendioles, saponosides, salicylic acid and mucilage.

His Essential oil, she has some anti-bacterial properties.

Those are the flowers of this plant which are generally used in herbal medicine. Fresh or dried, flowers are often prepared in infusion, but are involved in the manufacture of ointments, creams, gels, balms, eye drops… Etc.

In external local application, they are efficient to relieve the minor skin problems (diaper rash, baby cradle cap, small wounds, etc.)

His calming virtues, soothing and healing are also remarkable in the care of Sun burn, the abrasions, the chapping, the crevices, the eczemas, the boils… Etc.

To relieve minor burns, the Insect bites, the urticaria, officinal marigold (in cream or ointment) is a anti-edematous and anti-inflammatory unmatched.

In internal use (infusion), the officinal marigold acts not only on the immune system, lower the fever, but also soothes inflammation of the throat, mouth, stomach and liver problems. It thus cleanses the liver, relieves gastric inflammation, and premenstrual pain.

Using marigold for its benefits

  • In infusion, officinal marigold is effective in case of digestive disorders, of yeast infection, of premenstrual pain or from menstrual cycle regulation. To do this, just boil 200 ml of water and add 2 tbsp. of dried flowers. Drink 1 cup 3 times a day while 15 days maximum.
  • In compress, the infusion (according to the above preparation) can be applied to the eyes in case of eye strain, or for wash small wounds.
  • In massage, the essential oil of officinal marigold is applied to irritated skin 3 times a day.

Warning : The infusion is not recommended Women's pregnant, those nursing and young children (under 6 years).

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Video: The Benefits Of Planting Marigolds in your Vegetable Garden (November 2020).