Marigold

Calendula officinalis

Also known as pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold or Scotch marigold. Field marigold (Calendula arvensis) has similar properties.

The story…

Marigold is probably native to the South of Europe and naturalized in tempered regions. It grows on any kind of soil with a direct exposition to sun. Its name, a contraction of Mary’s gold, comes from its use in early Catholic rituals in some countries.

Uses

Disinfection, cicatrizing and skin regeneration

Marigold is useful in case of benign skin issues: it is at once disinfecting, anti-inflammatory and stimulates cell growth. It helps to anticipate or fight infections of small wounds (scratches, cuts, eczema, psoriasis, acne, ulcers, etc.) thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal action. It eases inflammations and pain of light burns, insect bites, urticaria, lip cracks or razor burns.

Preparation

External use: oily macerate, ointment, cream or pulped flower cataplasm.

Precautions

Contraindicate for pregnant and nursing women, and people allergic to the Asteracea family. The time necessary to obtain an effect on different skin issues can vary. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor. 

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