Calendula officinalis, popularly known as marigolds, revered since ancient times, and for various advantages

Calendula officinalis, popularly known as marigolds, revered since ancient times, and for various advantages: for the spicy taste - in the Middle Ages calendula widely used in cooking, it is added to soups, cereals, wine; for simplicity and krasotu- it was the favorite flower of the Queen of Navarre (in Paris there is a statue of Margaret of Valois Calendula in the hands), - so for the unique healing properties.

Botanical Reference

Calendula officinalis (marigold) is a herbaceous annual plant height of 40-70 cm. Calendula ranked among the family Asteraceae. Its stem enveloped glandular hairs, erect, ribbed, strong. Marigold leaves sessile, alternate, upper lanceolate, the lower obovate, oblong. Fruit plants — achene, matures in August. The flowers bloom from June to late autumn, reed, red-orange color. They are collected in large baskets. Homeland calendula -Average Asia, South and Central Europe. In Russia, it is cultivated as a medicinal and ornamental plants. Growing calendula is in many farms.

We collect and store

For the treatment of stockpiled medicinal plant flower baskets. Harvest them, cutting off during flowering marigold flower stalk at the base. Dry the basket spreading a thin layer or outdoors in the shade or in the dryer at 40-50 ° C. Dried raw materials can be used within 2 years.

A useful composition

The marigold flower inflorescences contains tannins and bitter substances,

ALL HERBS FOR STRENGTHENING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM carotenes, flavonoids, organic acids, essential oils, mucus, tar. The stems and leaves of plants found Kalenda. The seeds contain fatty oil and alkaloids.

The use of traditional medicine

The plant has a strong bactericidal properties against some pathogens, especially staphylococci and streptococci. From preparing calendula tincture and ointment. Preparations from the flower baskets are used topically to treat burns, long-term healing wounds «and fistulas, rinse mouth and throat with stomatitis and sore throat. Calendula is recommended for heart diseases accompanied by arrhythmia, liver and biliary tract, stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers, gastritis, hypertension, menopause.

In folk medicine, infusion of marigold is used for liver and gall bladder, spleen, stomach cramps, stones in the bladder, cough, hypertension, cardiac neurosis, scrofula, rickets. Outwardly — at erosions, cracks in the anus.

Note: contraindications!

Occasionally calendula can cause allergies. No other contraindications, except individual hypersensitivity to the flowers of calendula, no.

Recipes for Health

Tea to help the body cope with high stress, and transfer it to recover


20 g of chamomile flowers, 10 g of horsetail grass, 10 g herb St. John’s wort, 10 g of fruits shipov-

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