The Many Health Benefits of the Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
The Marigold: Not Just a Beautiful Flower
(NaturalNews) Marigold (also known as Calendula officinalis) is not just a beautiful flower, but a natural medicine for many conditions. The marigold has now been placed in the books of cancer and anti-cancer cures, because it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The marigold is also able to help in the treatment of wounds. It is excellent in healing burns, stings and impetigo (a contagious skin infection.) It is also wonderful in the treatment of warts, corns and calluses. The flowers are also used in the treatment of many skin conditions from eczema to varicose ulcers.
This wonderful garden flower is used to line many gardens with and is found on many mountains. The calendula offcinalis is taken from the Latin word Kalendae, (1st day of the Roman calendar). The marigold blooms all year round and is also known as "flower of rain." The flower will not open if it is going to rain.
One should be careful not to confuse the Arnica flower with the Calendula, as the Arnica can be toxic and should be used only under supervision. The Arnica tea can be harmful to heart patients. The Calendula grows up to 40 cm in height. The flowers are yellow to orange and the leaves have a sticky feel to them. It is a good rain doctor also. If the flowers are closed in the early morning, it will rain that day. When picking the flowers, you should only pick in the bright sunshine and in the middle of the day. The best month to pick the marigold is in August.
The marigold can be juiced from fresh flowers and leaves or made into a tea using the dried flowers. The easiest way to use marigold is in a tea. In this case, you would dry only the flowers and use the flowers to make the tea.
To make tea or infuse the flowers, make sure that you boil the water and then add 1 tablespoon of the flowers to the pot of tea and let it steep. Do not add the dried flowers to cold water and then let it boil. The tea purifies the blood, so drink this tea regularly. Remedies for the use of the marigold tea:
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