Herbs are a traditional way for maintaining good well-being, and they have been appreciated for their beneficial properties for thousands of years.
Should you happen to be a fan of herbal teas yourself, then you couldn’t help but give a 5 star rating to these organic marigold flowers after you’ve tried them. They’re worth giving a shot not only because of marigold’s decent health-improving qualities, but for the purity, and high quality of these particular blooms as well.
Marigold (Latin species name: Calendula officinalis) is called by some the “barometer herb”. After 7 o’clock in the morning, if its leaves remain closed, then probably it is going to rain during the day.
FRESH ORANGE-YELLOW MARIGOLD FLOWER
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The cheerful orange blossoms of calendula spread a balsamic scent in all summer. They’re not the most beautiful flowers in the world, but they surely possess something more valuable – healing power. Today this is perhaps one of the most popular herbs in both the traditional and modern medicine. That’s fully justified, given the fact that marigold contains a wide spectrum of compounds that contribute to all its precious effects.
Marigold flowers contain a wide number of triterpenoids, among which are lupeol derivatives, and oleanolic acid derivatives. The plant is also a host of essential oils, polyacetylenes, carotenoids like lycopene, zeaxanthin and lutein, beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, and isofucosterol. There are also flavonoids found present in calendula’s chemical composition, which as some of you know, have antioxidant properties.
Health Benefits of marigold
Marigold has a positive influence on eye health. That’s because of the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein. They’re powerful antioxidants found present in the eye’s retina, where it’s their job to shield it from age related macular degeneration, and cataracts. The other carotenoid lycopene has shown potential in lowering the possibility of having a heart disease or prostate cancer.
Calendula’s anti-cancer properties go farther than that. A study in the Journal of Nutrition published in 1998, tells how Washington State University’s researchers looked at the abilities of the antioxidant lutein to deal with breast cancer. The results stated that lutein has the capability to reduce tumor size, and stimulates the prevention of new cancer cells. The constituent has also shown effectiveness against melanoma and colon cancer, as well as against leukemia.
Marigold has been long used in the folk medicine to treat skin wounds such as irritations, scrapes, and burns. Brazilian scientists have established one of the reasons for that. It’s connected to the fact that marigold incites new blood vessels, and new skin tissue growth. To boot, marigold was found to have good anti-inflammatory qualities because of its steroids and triterpenes content. This was established through the February 2011 issue of the Brazilian medical journal Acta Cirurgica Brasileira.
Calendula cream is very efficacious against varicose veins, burn wounds, post-surgery wounds, and frostbite. Calendula ointment is a good means for treating foot fungi too. If you want to deal with vaginal fungi, it would be better to use the flowers for bathing.
Marigold tea can be used to relieve and treat internal health problems like liver damage, jaundice, colon inflammation, ulcer, blood in the urine, and high blood pressure. Besides that, marigold brew is also taken as a natural nerve system sedative. More concentrated marigold tea is given to patients suffering from intestinal worms or constipation.
Calendula tea is a fine immune-stimulator. This health benefit is owed to its beta-carotene, and essential oils content. If you think you’re at the brim of catching a nasty cold, start drinking calendula tea few times a day to prevent full sickening. If you’re already sick, the brew would speed up the recovery process.
Marigold tea eases and regulates the menstrual cycle in women. First of all, it stimulates the happening of the menstrual cycle. Second, discomfort, abdominal (and other) pain as a result of the cycle, may be relieved too. The flavonoids in this herb help relieve hot flashes, inflammation, headaches and nausea.
How to make marigold tea
1 teaspoon of the herb is poured with 250ml hot water. Let it steep for 5 minutes, then it should be strained. Drink the tea when it’s still warm. It’s not recommended that you sweeten it a lot, but if you prefer to add something for a more pleasant flavor, a bit of organic honey wouldn’t hurt.
How to make marigold tincture.
Pour 100g marigold flowers with 1 liter of spirits. Leave the bottle for 14 days in a warm place, or simply expose it to sun. For regulating the menstruation, it’s recommended that you take 30 drops of the tincture at once.
How to make marigold ointment
Add 4 handfuls of calendula blossoms to 500g preheated olive oil, grass-fed butter, or coconut oil. Fry a little, while stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula. Remove the pan from the oven, cover it, and leave it for the night. On the next day, warm the concoction a bit, strain it through a linen towel or a lint. Finally, put the ready ointment in a glass jar.
How to have marigold baths
Soak 100g dried marigold flowers in 3 liters of cold water for the night. The next day, when you’re warming the water for your bath tub, add the marigold extract to it. Bathing time continues up to 20 minutes, as the water level should be above the kidneys.