Only 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 an eyewash. They are also good as a natural fabric dye and for food coloring.
- Improves circulation
- Balances female reproductive systems with its estrogenic effect—for example in cases of painful or scanty menstruation
- Detoxifies the digestive system, helping to heal viral inflammations, candida, gastritis and peptic ulcers with its anti-bacterial/anti-fungal actions
- Is a safe diuretic that will aid in detoxifying the urinary tract
- Purifies the lymphatic and immune systems as it builds them up
- Helps to treat dysfunctions of the liver and gallbladder and will clear, cool, and detoxify the digestive system and relieves colitis
- Stimulates the cells that protect the body from infection
- Soothing for sore throats, toothaches, and cold sores
- Antiseptic actions will speed up recovery from measles and mumps
Compresses soaked in marigold tea are therapeutic in many ways, including:
- Healing wounds, cuts, scrapes, lacerations, small infections of the skin, animal bites, scratches, and scars
- Stops bleeding with its astringent actions
- Anti-bacterial actions combat infection and promote healthy tissue growth
- Anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling and irritation, soothing the treated areas
- Calendula ointment applied to varicose veins twice daily for about three weeks can improve or clear them completely
- Appling marigold ointment and/or powder to bed/pressure sores regularly can treat and may even prevent them if used before the skin breaks down that far
- 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.
- Great for treating bruises
- Ideal for treating sunburn and other first degree burns
- Soothing to insect bites and stings
Mexican marigold resonates with the energy of the sun
Tagetes lucida has a psychoactive action and has been smoked ceremonially in combination with Nicotiana rustica when peyote was eaten and it may be drunk as a tea to promote visions.
All types of marigolds can be used as offerings to the dead and as decoration for ancestor altars.
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