The marigold (Calendula officinalis) is native to Egypt and some parts of the Mediterranean. It has been as a treatment for various infections ever since its benefits were realized. It’s now being grown across every continent. It’s yellow-orange in color and produces small florets of petals. These flowers are what are used as medicines when harvested and dried.
The plant has some active ingredients that include antioxidants and volatile oils. These are what gives the plant’s flowers their bright colors and strong smell. It is known for its medicinal uses and has been used to treat various ailments.
They have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and anti-fungal properties. The flowers are used to make herbal ointments, teas, tinctures and topical treatments. In some cases, they are planted in gardens to repel bugs, add beauty to the garden and get the pleasant smell. Some of the uses include treatment of rashes, allergies, eczema, dermatitis, pain, swelling, muscular injuries, eye inflammations, and itchiness.
The plants are easy to grow and you can start by planting the seeds. They are normally used as border plants because they are short but can also be grown in containers. This can be done indoors or outdoors. However, they grow faster when they are outdoors. The plants start growing when the weather is warm. When they have grown, you don’t need to do a lot of maintenance but will need regular watering. Eventually, as they grow they become drought tolerant. They resist pests and in some gardens, they are used to keep the pests away from the other plants. To get the best flowers, you may need to water them now and then but not excessively.