Marigold is used in making teas, healing herbal ointments, tinctures, and topical treatments. It is yellow-orange color and form small florets of petals that are harvested and dried for their numerous medicinal properties. It has active ingredients like flavonoids, polysaccharides, linoleic acid, triterpenes, saponins, salicylic acid, and mucilage. These components have anti-inflammatory, anti-wheal, antioxidant, analgesic, and hydrating properties (1,2).
Marigold possesses relaxing, soothing, and wound-healing properties. It is traditionally been used for healing the skin of wounds, burns, rashes, itchiness, bites, and swelling. Its ability to help treat wounds is believed to be due to stimulation of epithelial cell production, mostly as a result of the presence of glycoproteins and nucleoproteins. The use of this herb may help promote the growth of healthy new tissue, boost collagen production (which firms and strengthens skin), increase blood flow to the affected area, hydrate dry skin and speed up the process of skin repair following surgery or damage (3).
In clinical studies involving more than 200 people with foot conditions that cause injuries or calluses (such as diabetic feet), experts found that extracts from pot marigold (Calendula officinalis), French marigold (Tagetes patula), and Aztec marigold (Tagetes erecta) were able to reduce the wounds and calluses sizes, diminish the pain, block infections, and decrease itching and redness (4,5,6).
Moreover, pot marigold spray was able to help reduce the number of wounds, dead tissue, and bad smell, while speeding up healing in people with chronic skin wounds (various ulcers or diabetic foot) (7,8,9).
In 130 children with diaper rash (dermatitis), the use of pot marigold ointment reduced the symptoms – including rash and tissue damage (10,11).
How To Use Marigold As A Natural Remedy
Clean small wounds by dipping a hot compress in an infusion prepared from medicinal marigold. For that, we simply need to boil 7 fl. oz. (200 ml) water and toss 2 teaspoon dried marigold flowers in it.
We can also have marigold tea to nourish our skin, act as an internal anti-fungal agent and to soothe our intestinal tract. The tea is delicious and mildly detoxifying.
Other Health Benefits Of Marigold
- May help with sore throat or mouth ulcers
- May help enhance oral health
- May possibly protect the heart
- Helps Reduce Hemorrhoid Pain
- Helps Ease Cramps and Spasms
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