The marigold has long been known for its medicinal use, especially for strengthening the heart, and for treating ailments like headaches, swellings and toothaches.
Marigolds also have a place in the kitchen, and many recipes have been making substantial use of this flower. There are a large number of soups and stews that make good use of this flower. In fact the term ‘pot marigold’ is believed to have been coined due to this very reason.This special flower has been given its due recognition in history too. It is said that marigolds were used to treat wounds as well prevent them from getting infected during the American Civil War as well as the First World War. This was done by applying infused oil on wounds made from marigold extracts.
The medicinal value of the marigold is largely because of the anti-fungal and anti-septic properties present in this flower. True calendula absolute is the extract obtained from fresh marigolds. However, this is very expensive and thus, what is more widely used is an infused oil or cream of calendula. Marigold is often used by aroma therapists to cure many diseases like viral infections, eczema, cracked skin, scars, inflammation and rashes. It is also used in both conventional medicine and homeopathy, especially as an ointment for treating cuts and bruises. The petals of marigold flowers have their use too as eyewash.
Drinking a tea or infusion made from marigold can help heal colitis, mouth ulcers and stomach ulcers. The infusion helps to stimulate the lymphatic system of the body; it reduces swelling; and also helps to cleanse toxins from the body.
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