Thomson, Illinois (PressExposure) July 01, 2011 -- Marigold, a very popular plant for flower gardens, has been highly valued by herbal healers of centuries. In most herbal reference works it is called calendula, its Latin name, so the two names are interchangeable. The latest news from the research is about the medicinal uses of Marigolds.
The flower heads of marigolds are used medicinally. They are well known for their wound healing and antiseptic properties, but modern herbalists have found a wide variety of uses for them, including: an alternative analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, bactericide, carminative, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, stomachic, styptic, and tonic. The petals of the marigold have been made into an infusion that is useful as eyewash. They are also good as a natural fabric dye and for food coloring.
Calendula can be made into a tea or an infusion to help the healing of mouth ulcers, colitis and ulcers of the stomach, the infusion acts by stimulating the lymphatic system, reduces swelling and cleanse the body toxins. In the kitchen, marigold flowers can be used as a substitute for saffron colored rice dishes and can also be used in fish dishes, marigold leaves used in salads.
During the American Civil War and World War I, marigolds were used to prevent wounds from getting infected. The blooms were made into either a poultice or infused into oils for application to the wounds. In eastern countries garlands of the brightly colored flowers were, and still are, frequently used in festivals.
Marigold ointment is a safe and effective treatment for diaper rash, and used together with fresh air, it is a wonderful solution to an age-old problem. Marigold powder has also been used as a replacement for baby powder, as its healing properties go far beyond anything that talc can do.
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