Natural home remedy - Marigold
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Marigold or calendula is a flower that has pale green leaves and golden orange petals. Traditionally, it has been used to relieve stress. The Greeks used the flowers to alleviate the symptoms of nervous tension and to prevent insomnia. Marigold is very versatile, and is widely used in commercial calendula ointments and creams. Not all marigolds are medicinal. It is the calendula marigold which has massive health benefits. The constituents include carotenes, flavonoids, glycosides, saponins, triterpenoids and volatile oil. They contain many antioxidant carotenoids. It also contains salycylic acid.
Botanical Name - Calendula officinalis
Common Name - Marigold
Health benefits of Marigold
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The marigold is easily available and has enormous health benefits. It is used as a home remedy, for a host of medical problems related to the head, sunburn, chilblains, body odour, herpes, psoriasis, stress related disorders, scanty periods, chronic ulcers and varocose veins. The bright green leaves are used in poultices and compresses for gout and other swellings. The leaves have also been used to make washes for sore eyes.
Marigold oil gives relief from arthritis and bunions. The estrogenic effect in marigold, balances the female reproductive system. Marigold is very effective as an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and in wound healing. It is also known to be an effective remedy for colds, fevers, coughs,infections and rashes. It is also used internally for digestive and gynecological problems.
Lutein, an antioxidant extracted from marigold may reduce tumors in the breast and prevent new cancers from developing, says a study by researchers from State Washington University. Marigold has also been found to be effective against leukemia, colon and melanoma cancer cells. Dietary Lutein from Marigold Extract Inhibits Mammary Tumor Development
Marigold has been tradionally used in the area of wound healing. It provides relief when rubbed on burns, and irritated skin. It is said to promote the growth of new skin tissue, as well as new blood vessels that feed the skin. The compounds, triterpenes and steroids in marigold act as anti-inflammatory.
Marigold Home Remedies
- For chilblains, soak hands and feet in a warm infusion of marigold flowers to which a spoonful of sea salt has been added.
- An infusion of marigold can be used as face wash in case of sunburns.
- Boil a handful of marigold flower heads in a litre of water. Cool, and use these as swabs on the skin lesions. This is a very effective home remedy for psoriasis.
- For varicose vein ulcer, bathe the ulcer with an infusion of marigold flowers, to get instant relief.
- Herbal tea made with marigold flower heads is said to be effective for scanty periods. Drink half a cup, two to three times a day.
- An infusion of marigold, taken three times a day is known to reduce feverish symptoms.
How to make marigold tea?
To make marigold tea, boil 200 ml of water. Pour this over 2 tsps of dried marigold flowers. Let it steep for fifteen to twenty minutes. Drink this infusion when it is warm about three times a day. Drinking this is said to purify the blood.