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Marigold

Marigold is a common plant in the herbal tea area. We can often see it in the countryside fields.

Marigold, a plant that is easily cultivated, if it does not grow on its own.

 

ORIGINS OF MARIGOLD

It is said that the name of the plant comes from the Latin "Solsequia" meaning "that follows the sun". Indeed, the plant follows the path of the sun in the sky, which allows it to ensure the greatest efficiency during photosynthesis.

Marigold is a plant that has been used for a long time, and we have little information on the exact date it was discovered by humans. Anyway, we know that Hildegarde de Bingen used it against the scalp moth. Albert the Great was also a adept of the plant and recommended its use to heal, cure intestinal disorders, insect and snake bites, etc.

Marigold is one of the plants that the great and famous Charlemagne recommended to have in the royal gardens, as its virtues seemed so miraculous to him.

Since its discovery by Man, Marigold is a plant that has been very popular in popular medicine. It was mainly used against skin diseases, affections, etc.

 

Nicknamed " fake saffron " in the past, because of its colour similar to this wonderful spice, Marigold has been the subject of many curiosities and is still a plant widely used in phytotherapy today.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF MARIGOLD

Name: Calendula officinalis
Family: Asteraceae
Specie: annual plant

 

The Marigold is an annual plant that can measure 30 to 50 cm in height. Native to the Mediterranean basin, it is very common in our gardens. Indeed, it is a plant capable of growing without having been planted by Man, the wind acting as a gardener.

Its upright stem has thick, light green leaves and large capitulas with a beautiful bright orange-yellow colour. Formed by a double crown of flowers in strips and a heart of flowers in tubes, the capitulas of Marigold have a look and a rather characteristic hue that immediately reminds us of spring.

 

USES OF MARIGOLD

Marigold can be used in different ways. You can use its flowers and infuse them in boiling water to enjoy the benefits of the plant. It is also possible to make Marigold tinctures. To do this, pour three times the volume of alcohol on the flowers of Marigold. The Marigold tincture can be used externally.

Marigold is also a plant that is very well adapted to cooking. Indeed, its petals and fresh chopped leaves enhance a salad very well. The flowers of the plant are also used as a natural food colouring agent.

 

BENEFITS OF MARIGOLD

Marigold has kept its sweaty and depurative reputation of yesteryear. It has also been validated by ESCOP. Also known as an effective healing and anti-infective, this plant is able to cleanse and heal skin ailments quite quickly, that is the reputation it has.

It is also said to be the homeopathic "Calendula". It is still used in eye baths against ophthalmia, to heal burns and frostbite, infected wounds and against various skin diseases (acne, impetigo, ulcers, eczema). It is also used against corns and warts.

It is also said that Marigold relieves inflammation of the digestive system.