MARIGOLD, CALENDULA, RUDDLES
The flowers and leaves of the
familiar garden marigold have been valued since antiquity for their range of
actions, such as antiseptic and wound healing properties. they are used
externally for leg ulcers, piles, eczema and conjunctivitis, and internally
for ulcers and throat infections.
Found throughout the world as a garden plant,
calendula is also one of the most useful herbal remedies and has long been used in Indian, Arabic, and Greek medicine.
Such large amounts are grown for medicinal use in the USSR, that it has earned the nickname of Russian penicillin.
An annual, it has hairy oblong leaves and large, yellow
or orange, daisy-like flowers from early summer until the first frosts.
saponins; flavonoids, including quercetin; rutin; volatile oil; resin; chlorogenic acid.
Anti-inflammatory; antiseptic; antifungal;
reduces muscle tension and spasm; promotes wound healing; stops bleeding from external wounds; stimulates menstruation.
Given internally for inflammation of the lymph nodes, mouth ulcers,
a damaged or ulcerated stomach lining, and as a gargle for throat infections and oral thrush.
Externally, it is applied to leg ulcers, piles, anal fissures (small cracks) and eczema, as an eye lotion for conjunctivitis,
and as a douche against vaginal thrush. Homeopathically, Calendula is prescribed for coughs, the common cold, fever, wounds, and chronic infections.
Infusion, tincture, cream,