Marigolds are beautiful, bright hued flowers that are found in most of the countries throughout the world. They are common garden flowers and a favorite of many. In some cultures like the Hindu religion, marigolds are used for worshipping the gods and goddesses. Ardent gardeners and botanists know that marigolds have immense medicinal value and it offers some major health benefits to us. They do not just enhance the beauty of our gardens but also can enrich our lives.
Marigolds are known by many different names like holigold, pot marigold, ruddes, and gold bloom. They are found in many different varieties but the main types are African Marigolds, French Marigolds, Triploids, and Single Marigold. Generally, marigolds develop very fast during the months of March and April.
Before understanding the medicinal value of marigolds, we must understand their nutritional value. The petals or flower head of marigolds are rich source of flavonoids and vitamin C. They do not contain fat at all and that is why they are good for losing weight. Marigolds can be used as tincture on burns and cuts.
Ointments can be prepared using the petals of this flower. Its extracts are anti-inflammatory and give relief from skin problems like eczema and allergies. Scientists and botanists have found that the marigold extract works wonders in curing the plantar lesions. Plantar lesions occur on the feet and can become quite painful if not treated early. Oily skin is a big problem for women, especially during the summer months.
Marigold petals can help you cope with this problem easily. Soak the petals in warm water and then apply the water on your face. Keep the marigold water on your face for sometime and then wash your face with clean water. Our bodies and internal organs are exposed to pollution, dirt, and smoke every day. As a result, many free radicals are always present inside the body.
Antioxidants are needed to counter the harmful effects of the free radicals. Marigolds are full of antioxidants that help in reducing the ill effects of free radicals on our internal organs and skin. Marigold can be used to protect your eyes from cataracts. Scientists have found that marigold is effective in preventing the growth of cancer cells. It has been found to be effective in the treatment of leukemia, colon, and breast cancer.
The marigold flowers are not just pretty but they are also very effective and possess high medicinal value. They can cure light burns and used in the treatment of cancer.