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Marigolds: Calendulas Are More Than Just Decoration

Colin Stuckert

With their bright orange and yellow petals, it’s not surprising why marigolds are a popular choice for any garden that needs a little pop.

Marigolds are more than just decoration though. These vibrant flowers have been widely utilized for many medicinal purposes since the 11th century.

This is especially true for pot marigolds, which probably stems from the fact that this particular genus grows even in less than ideal soil and weather conditions – making it one of the choicest plants for garden experts to grow.

The common term for marigolds in the calendula genus (official scientific term Calendula officinalis). While plants in the Tagetes genus are known to be useful as insect repellent due to their pungent smell, calendula marigolds are recognized for their medicinal properties.

Many components give the calendula marigold anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anti-fungal properties, making it useful as a treatment for several medical conditions.

Here are just a few ways marigolds can be used:

  1. Conjunctivitis

    The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic components of the pot marigold make it useful in the treatment of this eye inflammation and other similar conditions that are probably caused by a virus, bacteria, or other particles that induce allergic reactions.

  2. Ear Infections

    As an antiseptic, calendula drops can be used to treat ear infections and also reduce inflammation.

  3. Skin Conditions

    Studies have found that marigold extracts are capable of reducing the symptoms, and even treating different skin diseases including tumors, ulcers, lesions, and other similar conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties have also been proven to be helpful in treating burns (particularly sunburn), bruises, and other inflammatory conditions of different origins. Breast cancer patients are advised to use marigolds in order to reduce the dermatitis that is caused by the required frequent chemotherapy. While it is still yet to be proven, it is also claimed that the plant helps reduce breast cancer tumors.

  4. Genital infections

    Sitz baths that make use of water infused with the petals of a calendula marigold are ideal for people with vaginal infections, hemorrhoids, or any similar condition.

  5. Oral and Digestive Infections.

    Aside from being an anti-inflammatory, the pot marigold’s antitoxic properties are utilized in reducing mouth and stomach ulcers.

While marigold extracts are usually included in herbal ointments and creams that are available commercially, drinking it as a tea is still highly advised, as is the case for the treatment of mouth and stomach ulcers. (Get some Wild Calendula here.)

Dried calendula leaves can be steeped in boiling water for drinking or other purposes. Used marigold tea bags can also serve as a compress for some infections such as conjunctivitis.

Pot marigolds are recognized as safe for general use, but it is still important to consult your doctor for possible incompatibilities to prevent unnecessary infections or allergic reactions.

This is especially important for women who are pregnant or nursing, or for those who are taking other forms of medication that might interact poorly with the calendula.