Marigold: Properties and Benefits

Marigold, Calendula officinalis its scientific name, is a perennial herb that suffers frost and can reach 50 cm in height; thanks to its properties is widely cultivated both for ornamental  that food / therapeutic use and yet can also be found in the wild.

Marigold is characterized by large yellow orange flowers, very showy, that are still used by farmers to know the local weather during the day; in fact, if in the morning the flowers are closed it means that during the day it will rain.

The plant is native to Egypt and grows wild in meadows and grasslands, to a altitude of 600 meters. Its flowering occurs from June to November.
Marigold: Properties and benefits
The main components of the marigold are: essential oil, flavonoids (rutin and narcissina), resin, mucilage, carotenoids , triterpenoids and saponins. The typical coloring of the flower is constituted by a pigment having as main components beta-carotene, lycopene and vilaxantina.

Benefits and Curative Properties of Marigold

The therapeutic properties of marigold ( or calendula ) are varied and, in particular, one of its characteristics for internal use is to have a valid antispasmodic effect, while, in the form of decoction, it's very useful in case of gastric ulcer. Marigold has anti-inflammatory properties, it's a soothing of menstrual pain and has benefits in order to regulate the flow.

As for external use, usually in the form of ointments, marigold has excellent healing properties, antiseptic and antibacterial. To be reckoned, among the many properties, the one anticancer that lately researchers attribute to this interesting plant, in particular as regards the cancerous gastric.

In the dermatological sector marigold is used in powder form, which is then inserted in the preparation of creams to treat acne and skin blemishes.
Marigold Curiosity
The name Calendula stems from the Latin word "calendae" which means the first day of each month; probably the assignment of the name is due to the fact that this plant begins to bloom in the spring and continues for almost the entire year.

The emollient, soothing and healing properties that marigold has against the skin, are mainly due to the presence of flavonoids.

In Germany it is customary to use an infusion of marigold flowers to gargle to cure tonsillitis, sore throat and gingivitis.

The benefits that the marigold ointment brings in case of frostbite, in hands and feet, are very useful, not only in terms of care but, if used regularly at the beginning of the cold season, as prevention.

Recently, it was discovered that some producers of saffron. not very honest, usually mix marigold powder (the color is almost the same) to the more expensive saffron, only to increase revenue. Fortunately, this "trick", given the excellent properties of marigold, presents no risk to the health of the consumer.

Such as sunflower and dandelion, even the flowers of marigold have heliotropic behave, in short they follow the movement of the sun from east to west.

The plant is not toxic and taken in moderate doses does not present any type of contraindication.

In order to prevent deterioration in the medicinal properties of marigold, it is good that the drying of its flowers happens quickly and conservation in a dark place.

Marigold and Benefits for Burns
If you want to prepare your own good ointment always available  against sunburn, you can do it this way:  procure 40 grams of dried marigold flowers and dip them in about 30 cl. of olive oil. After a week of "soaking" the ointment is ready; you can store it in a glass bottle and use it to the first case.
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