Marigold,ally for a well-being to be discovered
From March to October the borders and fields in full sun are filled with spontaneous fleshy yellow and orange flowers, with a typical sweetish and gooey aroma, loved by bees, bumblebees and winged messengers of pollen. It is the Calendula arvensis.
The plant belonging to the Asteraceae family, as the shape of the flower resembles a star, is native to Mediterranean Europe, Africa and southern Asia, but now grows undisturbed even in our meadows and on the hills up to 600m.
Get to know this wonderful plant closely
Known in the herbalist field for its appreciated range of healing properties, Calendula Officinalis is perhaps the best known variety, rich in active ingredients such as triterpenes: calendulosides, arnadiol, faradiol, longispinogenin, flavonoids such as quercetin, carotenes, xanthophylls, immunostimulating polysacarides. , polyacetylenes and essential oils.
Some fractions of its precious essential oil block the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans and the dreaded Trichomonas, while some immunostimulating polysaccharides and triterpene saponosides help to promote wound healing and skin inflammation.
How can the marigold come to our aid?
The use of Calendula Officinalis is elective as a restorative, anti-inflammatory and anti-itchy skin to calm insect bites, burns, dermatitis, so much so that it can be defined as the undisputed queen in many natural products such as: creams, oleolites, mother tinctures, cleansing detergents. of the face, hair, scalp and bases for packs especially for sensitive and delicate skin.
Inserted in shampoo formulations, Calendula performs a strengthening action on dry, brittle, dull and brittle hair, making it shiny and more full-bodied, while it has a balancing soil action on the sensitive and inflamed skin of the irritated scalp.
Highly recommended in products for cleansing even very young children, such as washing oil, for its notoriously emollient action on their very delicate skin.
Its disinfectant, anti-itch and highly healing activity makes it suitable for deep wounds, irritation with flaking, fissures and abrasions.
Did you know that marigold flowers also have other magical properties?
In herbal tea, for example, together with the round dried flower heads, Calendula Officinalis is extraordinary for relieving menstrual pain, extinguishing the fire in the stomach area in the event of a gastric ulcer, counteracting stress and nervousness. Its colorful flowers can also make the table special in green salads or as decorations (edible) to our spring recipes.
And again, thanks to the intensity of its warm and sunny colors, Calendula is used as a dyeing plant to dye clothing and fabrics.