Common Names: Garden Marigold, Holigold, Marigold, Mary Bud, Pot Marigold. Medicinal Parts: Leaves, Flowers. Calendula is an annual garden plant having an angular, branched, hairy stem 1 to 2 feet high. From June to October the plant bears large, orange or yellow flower heads.
Properties and Uses
Antispasmodic, aperient, cholagogue, diaphoretic, vulnerary. An extract of the flowers (either the ray flowers alone or the entire head) can be utilized for such gastrointestinal problems as nausea, stomach cramps. Additionally it is useful taken internally for fever, boils, abscesses, and to prevent recurrent vomiting. The fresh juice of the herbs or flowers can substitute for the infusions. For external use, an excellent salve for wounds can be made from the dried leaves or flowers, from the juice pressed from the new flowers, or by the tincture. The salve or dilute tincture can also be great for bruises, sprains, pulled muscles, sores, and boils. To eliminate warts, rub the fresh juice. The tincture is frequently used internally for gastritis and for menstrual difficulties.
Calendula medicinal use
Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) has been used for centuries for healing all manner of wounds and skin inflammation. And has been used by many to help cure debilitating lesions due to dry eczema. Its’ use was well documented during the American Civil War. Doctors on the battle used the blossoms on a massive scale to treat open wounds. It proved to be a powerful antiseptic, staunching bleeding, preventing disease, and speeding the healing of wounds. The practice continued by physicians during WWI.
Calendula Officinalis is a remarkable healing agent, applied locally it’s beneficial for open wounds, components that won’t heal, ulcers, etc.. It promotes healthy granulations and rapid recovery. For many wounds, the best healing agent.
How to take it
Marigold Infusion may be used to soothe chapped hands and might be utilised in extract form in the tub to decrease body scars and soothe varicose veins. For deprived regions prepare a solid marigold tea with equal parts of apple cider vinegar. Apply this with a compress into the effected area.
A couple of drops of Tincture of Calendula can be added to a cup or more of boiling water and applied as a compress to treat bruises, cuts and even open wounds.
A Special Note: This discussion refers only to Pot Marigold or Calendula Officinalis, not to be confused with the non-herb marigolds, dwarf French Marigolds and African Marigolds. This is one herb which shouldn’t be used if you’re pregnant.