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Pot Marigold-Calendula officinalis

The ancient Calendula officinalis - Pot Marigold is well known everywhere, in warm temperate regions of the world, as a much appreciated plant for medicinal and culinary purposes.

Pot Marigold, also known as Holigold, Bride of the Sun is in the same family (Asteraceae) as daisies and chrysanthemums and it is not related to the garden flowers that we usually call marigold (Tagetes).
Calendula flowers-Pot Marigold
Its long history of cultivation makes its precise origin unknown, but in earlier times Persians, Greeks, Romans and Indian cultures used the flowers and leaves as a medicinal herb as well as a dye for fabrics and foods.
Marigolds
In Macer's Herbal it is stated that only to look on Marigolds will draw evil humours out of the head and strengthen the eyesight. Here is an the English translation completed in about 1373:
'Golde [Marigold] is bitter in savour
Fayr and zelw [yellow] is his flowur
Ye golde flour is good to sene
It makyth ye syth bryth and clene
Wyscely to lokyn on his flowres
Drawyth owt of ye heed wikked hirores
[humours].
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loke wyscely on golde erly at morwe [morning]
Yat day fro feures it schall ye borwe:
Ye odour of ye golde is good to smelle.'

Pot Marigold macro
Macer's Herbal (De Viribus Herbarum) is a handwritten manuscript, probably written sometime in the 10th or 11th century. The work is usually attributed to Odo, Bishop of Meung as his name appears on the 12th- century manuscript located in Dresden.
Calendula officinalis - Pot Marigold

Pot Marigold uses:

Calendula herbal tea:

Infusion: one tablespoon of dried flowers per cup of hot water. Drink 2 to 4 cups each day for intestinal problems and to clean lymph and blood. It can be applied locally for skin disorders.

The edible Calendula flower petals, either fresh or dry, are used in all kind of food recipes, in salads or to add color.

Plant extracts are also widely used in cosmetics, due to presence of compounds such as saponins, resins and essential oils.

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9 comments:

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Such gorgeous vivid colours. I love hot colours. They just pop off the page.

Carol said...

Beautiful! I truly love the bold colors and you've captured them well.

Indrani said...

The info presented so well, love the shots too.

stan said...

nice shades of orange for flowers!

noel said...

I liked how you captured your photos of these marigolds, they are a brillent yellow orange...wow , thanks for sharing.

help me decide on a photo for my scenic sunday on my sari blog,i'm submitting this for a competition
thanks

bfarr said...

Such vibrant colors. Did you do some sort of mirror treatment on the first shot?

Ann said...

This is a holy plant to the Hindus.

maiaT said...

Yes Bfarr, I took the first and the last photo in wide format. I turned the first one to 90 degrees right, copied it and pasted near the original after I flipped the copy.

I bought many of these flowers to dry them for tea. They were all in a bucket and these are indoors photos, that's why the colors are darker. Otherwise I didn't make any editing or treatment on the photos.

Kathy said...

I'm unfamiliar with this type of marigold. I believe I like it better than the ones I've seen before. It almost has the look of an African daisy.

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