Pot Marigold versus Calendula Officinalis is a plant in the genus Calendula of the family Asteraceae.
It is native to southern Europe.
Calendula is considered by many gardening experts as among the easiest and most adaptable flowers to grow in a garden, especially because they tolerate most soils. In temperate climates, seeds are sown in spring for blooms that last throughout the summer and well into the fall.
Pot Marigold inflorescence is edible. They are often used to add color to salads or added to dishes as a garnish. The leaves are edible, but are often not tasty.
Flowers were used in ancient Greek, Roman, Middle Eastern, and Indian cultures as a medicinal herb as well as a dye for fabrics, foods, and cosmetics. Many of these uses persist today. They are also used to make oil that protects the skin.
Plant extracts are also widely used in cosmetics, probably due to the presence of compounds such as saponins, resins, and essential oils.
Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that Calendula extracts may have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antibacterial and antifungal activities.
It is an immune stimulant, speeds healing and tissue regeneration, regulate menstrual cycles, adjusts the biliary function by its bitter principles.
The Marigold florets are indicated for ulcers, eczema, gastritis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, inflammation of the colon, cholecystitis, biliary disease, hemorrhoids, menstrual disorders, dysmenorrhea, mycosis, vaginal infections, urinary infections, cystitis, cancer.
How To Take Calendula Oficinalis as a Natural remedy?
The infusion is prepared from 2 teaspoons of dried flowers tipped in a cup of boiling water; allow the tea to infuse for 3-5 minutes and drink 2 to 3 cups a day before meals. If you drink two to three cups of marigold tea daily, between meals, it causes an excellent effect in the treatment of hyperacidity gastritis and peptic ulcer. Marigold Tea has the property to relieve menstrual pain, especially in anemic women.
How to make the Marigold tincture? Place 20-30 grams of fresh flowers in a bottle; then pour 100 ml alcohol 70-80% over, and leave it to soak in the sun or near a source of heat, for two weeks. After two weeks, strain and store the tincture in a dark container, hermetically sealed. The tincture is beneficial for regulating the menstrual cycle; for this purpose women have to take 30 drops of tincture, three times a day in a little water. This mixture also gives excellent results for leucorrhea.
To treat wounds, burns, ulcers and conjunctivitis, use a mixture of 10-15 grams of tincture and 100 g of boiled and cooled water.
The Calendula decoction is prepared from 4 teaspoons of dried flowers and 250 ml of cold water; boil this mixture for 10 minutes and allow it to infuse for 20 minutes, covered; then strain and apply it as compresses or dressings, 2-3 times daily, for 10 days to treat eczema, wounds, burns, frostbite, varicose ulcers, dry skin or acne.
The powder is obtained by grinding the plant dry flowers; this powder must be taken so: one teaspoon of herb on an empty stomach daily, for anti-inflammatory effect (stored in tightly sealed containers for up to 10 days, because due to volatile oil that evaporates quickly).
To prepare Calendula ointment at home, put in a small pan 100 grams of lard, then add 25 grams of fresh marigold flowers. Put this mixture on low heat and stir slowly for 12 minutes, then take away the bowl and let it sit so until the next day. The next day warms the mixture again as much as to be able to strain through a sieve into a jar, squeeze well the roasting plant residue. Calendula ointment is applied in thin layers on body areas with burns or frostbite.