Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis), known also as Mary bud, holligold, bull’s eyes, ruddes, goldbloom, or quite common name of Calendula, is a medicinal plant with a great number of health benefits and therapeutic properties which have been known for many centuries, since the times of Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt. Most probably, the plant’s name originates from the name of Virgin Mary, but there are a few theories related to this issue. Beautiful marigold flowers are of cheerful orange color and are being grown for ornamental and decorative purposes in the gardens throughout Europe and the North America, in the warm regions. Pot marigold is an aromatic herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 75-80 cm high. Though marigold can cause allergies in some people, generally this plant is considered safe and free from serious side effects. It can be used for preventing and treating a multitude of health conditions, listed below in this overview.
The plant and its products are rich in flavonoids and phytochemicals like lycopene, as well as in minerals and vitamins, including vitamin E, vitamin C, calcium, and others. Besides, marigold flowers are exceptionally rich with essential oils making this plant to be a good material for essential oil production. Just a few centuries ago, marigold flowers had extensive use in cooking, as a taste enhancer and a natural coloring agent. Moreover, pot marigold flowers are considered edible in their row form, so they can be added to vegetable salads and other meals like that. However, in our times it is cultivated mostly as a very valuable medicinal herb with plenty of therapeutic actions. Herbal tea, herbal tincture, and oils are the most common forms of using pot marigold flowers to the benefits of our overall health. The main healing effect of this unique medicinal plant include the following:
- Pot marigold flower benefits include very strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial actions. Calendula herbal infusion can be used for combating throat and respiratory system infections, and calendula oil can be used for the same purposes as an ingredient for gargling mixtures.
- Anti-inflammatory effects of this medicinal herb work great for reducing joint pains and inflammation related to arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in seniors.
- As recent studies have shown, pot marigold flowers are rich in natural flavonoids known for their very powerful antioxidant properties. Thus, by consuming marigold tea we can decrease negative effects of oxidative stress and slow down the processes in the body related to aging.
- Pot marigold tinctures and herbal infusions are also highly valued for their great antiseptic properties. Due to these effects, calendula products are recommended to improve skin quality, prevent and treat skin inflammations and small defects, disinfect and speed up wounds, abrasions, or burns recovery, prevent and treat such conditions as acne, dermatitis, etc.
- Calendula tea has been known for ages as a very effective natural remedy for fever, cramps and spasms of any origin, especially coughs and stomach cramps.
- Treating stomach ulcers and other digestive system problems is one of the most known and researched type of marigold flowers health benefits. For this purposes, it is recommended to use marigold flower tea. Similarly, this natural medicinal beverage can be used to treat mouth ulcers and throat ulcers.
- Astringent benefits of marigold flowers are good for reducing swelling and preventing water retention in the body. At the same time, marigold tea can be used as an excellent hydrative remedy, especially for dry skin and dry scalp.
- Pot marigold flower tea can be an excellent therapeutic beverage to speed up metabolism and prevent weight gain.
- There is some evidence that using pot marigold products can assist in treating and prevention varicose veins.
- Pot marigold is considered a great and safe remedy to be used in small kids, especially to prevent respiratory system problems and various digestive disorders.