From fighting cancer to curbing ulcers, to healing the skin, this plant is magical in its many applications for medical use. The African or Aztec Marigold, which is the same flower, also has tribal medical traditions and roots that are purely genius. The illustrious, aster-headed plants are like seeing a family of sunshine in the garden. Truly a sight and medicine to have available. Other Names: Ironically (or perhaps not so), the marigold is also known as Mary bud, pot marigold, golds, gold bloom and the garden marigold- sharing some common names with another medical plant, Cannabis.
Tagetes erecta, the Mexican marigold, also called Aztec marigold, is a species of the genus Tagetes native to Mexico and Central America. Despite its being native to the Americas, it is often called African marigold. In Mexico, this plant is found in the wild in the states of San Luis Potosí, Chiapas, State of México, Puebla, Sinaloa, Tlaxcala, and Veracruz. This plant reaches heights of between 50–100 cm (20–39 in). The Aztecs gathered the wild plant as well as cultivating it for medicinal, ceremonial and decorative purposes. It is widely cultivated commercially with many cultivars in use as ornamental plants and for the cut-flower trade. (Wiki)
- Useful parts: The petals or the flower heads (in some cases the leaves are used as well).
- Ethnobotany: These flowers have been used all over the world as staples in vegetable dishes and as natural dye.
- Popularity: The marigold is known for its bright orange colored flowers as well as its numerous medicinal properties. Marigold is grown mainly in March and April and is known to grow rapidly, especially in the Southwest United States.
- Nutritional: Marigolds are a rich source of flavonoids and vitamin C.
- Marigolds are high in antioxidants which are effective in combating damage, caused by free radicals which are typically the generated by environmental factors such as pollution.The antioxidants specific to marigolds protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Health benefits and therapeutic uses of marigold flowers as well as the leaves of the marigold include it being beneficial in minimizing the number of tumors in the case of breast cancer as well as in the prevention of the development of new cancer cells. Besides breast cancer , Marigolds are also known to be effective against colon, leukemia and melanoma cancer cells.
- The lycopene present in marigold may lower the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer.
- Marigold teas are also known to help against digestive inflammation in the form of mouth , duodenal or gastric ulcers, as well as colitis. They tend to stimulate the lymphatic system and thus, minimize swelling and cleanse the body of toxins which may be contributing to the ulcers.
Skin and Topical Use
- Marigold promotes the growth of new skin and blood vessels, thus a paste, ointment or tincture of marigold is traditionally used to heal burns, scrapes, allergic reactions, eczema, plantar lesions, bruising and other skin wounds and promote healing.
- Breast cancer patients in chemotherapy, who are suffering from related dermatitis may seek relief by using the flowers as a fresh ointment on the affected areas.
- Use the juice from the flowers for treating scabies and warts by applying it to the affected area.
- A ten minute warm pack of marigold flowers relieves acne and oily skin, balancing the skin’s natural oils.
- A warm bath of marigold flowers after child birth is traditional for healing and preventing vaginal or bladder infections and hemmoroids post child birth. The flowers should be prepared by boiling first, then added to the bath water before bathing.
Precautions and Side Effects:
- Always titrate- test a small amount or area for allergic reactions.
- Check with your doctor before starting any heath regimen- interactions with medications and adverse hormonal effects can occur.
Growing your own
This plant can be grown in temperate zones with minimal frost, especially hearty in the southwest and central southwest climates. Water sparingly, keeping soil lightly damp not wet. We always encourage patients to grow their own medicine and engage in their own health care through gardening. We always suggest NON-GMO, heirloom varieties be grown organically. We have small to larger plants and terrariums which can be reserved through our plant library for donation in ourCOmpassion SHop! The link below is a quick route to all of our Marigold products!