Nature’s secrets: the benefits of marigold
Calendula officinalis was brought from India thousands years ago, and it is one of the oldest and most popular natural remedies, boasting several healing properties. It can be used in a variety of forms: infusions, tinctures, poultices, oils and creams. Take a look below and learn more about how you can benefit from marigold’s properties.
If you suffer from abdominal cramps or bloating, try taking half a spoon of marigold powder, before and after each meal. If you struggle with constipation then you should drink 1 litre of marigold infusion per day for 12 days. For ulcer and gastritis take the same marigold infusion treatment for 8 days.
In vitro studies have found marigold to have anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. You can use calendula oil, tincture or ointment as topical treatment for a variety of skin infections, with virtually no side effects.
Wounds and various pains
Due to its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, calendula extract works well against scrapes, scratches, as well as irritations, rashes and allergic reactions. In its dried form, it can also be used to treat mild headaches and menstrual cramps.
Due to its soothing and calming effects, calendula creams or ointments are a good choice for dry, sensitive skin, especially during the winter time, acting as a protective barrier against the cold. It also helps prevent flakiness and it’s an effective remedy for sunburns.
If you’re allergic to pollen, you should avoid marigold-based products, because they might set off a reaction. Also, ask your physician about the medicine you are currently taking, because calendula extract may amplify the sedative effect of some substances.