Botanical name: Calendula officinalis
Medicinal part: Flowers and leaves.
Medicinal properties: astringent, stimulant, diaphoretic, antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory.
Marigold is a common ornamental garden flower. It has the most versatile medicinal properties, only equaled by aloe vera. It is used internally and externally. The golden or orange flower with characteristic fragrance is the medicinal part, although the leaves also have medicinal uses. The famous Austrian herbalist Maria Treben has given the most brilliant testimony on the efficacy of preparations made from marigold flower. The preparations include tea, ointment, tinctures, salves and oil. The tea from fresh or dried flower is a blood cleanser and builder. It has high phosphorus content and it is therefore used for tension, headache, cancer, stomach ulcer, colon cancer. It helps to build and restore immunity, it is anti-fungal and the juice from the fresh flower is good for athlete’s foot. It is astringent, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, antiviral, vulnerary, cholagogue, tonic and anti-microbial. It has bitter principle and contains caratinoids valued for digestive inflammation. Cures staphylococcus, stops bleeding when used for wounds.
The fresh flower is the best for infectious hepatitis. It heals wounds. The ointment is good for viral infection, varicose vein, and phlebitis. Marigold tea is good for colitis or inflammation of the colon.
From the book: Your Health Is Your Responsibility
Authored by: Samuel Adejumo Alu