Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
- English: Marigold, Pot Marigold
- Unani: Zergul
- Also, known as: Pot marigold, Ringelblume, Souci des Jardins, Calendula, Calendola, Thulvkka Saamanthi, Calendule, English Garden Marigold, Fleur de Calendule, Fleur de Tous les Mois, Garden Marigold, Gold-Bloom, Holligold, Marybud, Pot Marigold, Souci des Champs, Souci des Jardins, Souci des Vignes, Souci Officinal, Zergul.
Habitat: Believed to Europe, Some parts of India
Parts Used: Flower petals
Calendula has been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century. Flowers were used in ancient Greek, Roman, Middle Eastern, and Indian cultures as a medicinal herb as well as a dye for fabrics, foods, and cosmetics. Many of these uses persist today.
Calendula officinalis is an aromatic herbaceous perennial plant, growing up to 90 cm in height.
Leaves are spirally arranged, 5-15 cm long, simple, and slightly hairy. The flower heads range from pastel yellow to deep orange, and are 3-5 cm across, with both ray florets and disc florets. Most cultivars have a spicy aroma. It is in flower from Jun to November, and the seeds ripen from Aug to November. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Bees. It is noted for attracting wildlife. The plants will begin to flower in June, and continue flowering until the frost kills them. They will increase from year to year, if allowed to seed themselves. The ray florets are used and need quick drying in the shade, in a good current of warm air, spread out on sheets of paper, loosely, without touching each other, or they will become discolored. The Common Marigold is familiar to everyone, with its pale-green leaves and golden orange flowers.
One of the most versatile and important herbal medicines. This is the same Calendula as used by the homeopaths but the method of preparation and therapy is different. Contains high levels of nitrogen, phosphoric acid and Vitamin A.
They are often used to add color to salads or added to dishes as a garnish and in lieu of saffron. A yellow dye has also been extracted from the flower, by boiling.
It should not be confused with plants belonging to the genus Tagetes, which are true marigolds and are also cultivated as garden plants commonly known as French or African marigolds.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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