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.
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-