marigolds blooming

Calendula Monograph

Calendula – Calendula Off – Sun

Family: Asteraceae

Description:marigolds blooming

  • Annual, also known as a pot marigold
  • bright yellow, orange, or reddish flowers
  • upwards of 18 inches tall
  • lance-shaped or oblong alternate leaves

Habitat/To Grow: North African and Southern European – East to Iran native, naturalized world-wide. Loves full sun and average soil. It has moderate watering needs. If the flower production dwindles, cut it back a lot to increase production. will sow itself yearly if the conditions are favorable. Sows by seed easily. Harvest flowerheads on hot, sunny days often to prevent seed production. Just before they open (around 11am). Dry them immediately, which can take up to 10 days.

Energetics: cool, dry – yang – fire

Actions: vulnerary, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, lymphatic, astringent, emmenagogue, cholagogue, anti-fungal

Constituents: Triterpenes (calendulosides A-D); flavonoids (narcissin, rutin); volatile oil, chlorogenic acids

Prep: Oils/ tea

Medicinal Uses:

  • (succus, topically): inflammatory skin lesions (esp. anal eczema)
  • lacerations that refuse to heal
  • burns
  • herpes sores
  • bruises
  • black eyes
  • insect stings
  • vaginitis
  • athlete’s foot
  • itching
  • sore nipples
  • erysipela
  • hypertension
  • abnormal cardiac activity of all sorts
  • varicosities (both internal and topical)
  • lymph node congestion
  • lymphadenitis
  • lymph adenoma
  • slow-healing duodenal or gastric ulcers
  • sebaceous cysts
  • non-specific urethritis
  • gonorrhea
  • vaginal thrush
  • dysmenorrhea
  • uterine catarrh
  • tea/sitz bath: lacerated perineum
  • tea/douche: leukorrhea
  • chronic infections
  • systemic candidiasis
  • any skin inflammation
  • clears congestion
  • dries dampness
  • increases periphral circulation
  • eye irritation; conjunctivitis
  • sun burns
  • fever relief

Pets:

  • flea bites and other topical irritations
  • pets are very similar with this herb to humans

Other:

  • Totally edible YUM!
  • hair rinse: highlights for blonds
  • Shakespeare for Pain and Grief: Marigold goes to bed with the sun and with him rises, weeping
  • little red flecks on the petals are seen as the blood of the Aztec peoples, put there when the Spanish conquistadores murdered them for their gold
  • Greeks: Caltha loved Apollo and was melted by his bright rays when she saw him. She was transformed into the marigold – mixed with roses this herb sympolizs the sorrows of love
  • Magic: protects against evil influences and disease, including plague and those who seek to rob you.
  • Culpepper/Gerard: “comforter to hearts and spirits”

Flower essence:

  • Aztecs: cycle of life – eternal life
  • extends into creative force of written and spoken word.
  • Enhances communication for people who lack warmth and receptivity in communication and who use sharp words
  • helps people to listen compassionately and understand messages clearly and to express warmth and caring in return
  • balances feminine receptivity with masculine dynamic activity

Contraindications:

  • generally considered safe but some say be careful during pregnancy and lactation
  • Cats might not be great long term because of the presence of salicylic acid

Personal Use:

I love to grow this herbal beauty!

Use it in oils for EVERY type of skin issue

References:

Gardner

Mars

McIntyre

Alfs

Hoffman

Tilford

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