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Calendula officinalis Linnaeus. Fam. Compositae.


Latin: Calendula officinalis L.

Castilian: calendula, wonder, broth, flowers of every month, Mexican wonders, or just Mexican, wonders German, German, flamenquilla, flamencuela, mercadela, Reinita, dead flower, pink dead, the flowers of late, gold button.

Portuguese: maravilhas, Bonino care.

Aymara: Churie Sak'a, Q'ellu Panqara, Mirasula (Manco Capai Province) Lip'ichi (Pacajes Province) Achu Q'aspa.

Quechua: Uchuq'aspa, Q'ellu t'ika.

Italian: Cappuccina dei campi, calendola, Fiore dògni month, fiorrancio of tutti i tempi.

French: souci des Jardins.

English: marigold, calendula, goldbloom, mary gowles.

Dutch: goudsbloem.

German: Ringelblum.

Very common in gardens, flower common balconies, their medicinal properties are little known. In Germany, women who aspired to the love of a man planted calendula in the piece of land that he had stepped on, hoping to fix them. France were widespread superstition that the woman who loved the marigold was unfaithful to her husband.

This plant is used most often to treat problems of angina or tonsillitis. For treatment, the employee of the Mercadela is the flower, which is boiled with water to gargle three times a day. Also, against infection and sore throat are recommended for three days in the evening and for fever and bile, said cooking is indicated as water usage. Other conditions for which it is used for the High Reyna are: mumps, cough, whooping cough, dry throat, sprains, stomach, back, wheels or feet, and is considered disinfectant and desinflamante wounds.

Annual or perennial plant that measured between 30 and 70 cm. tall, with elongated leaves without support of union with the stem, from where they leave the flowers with long yellow petals. It originated in southern Europe, and America is cultivated as an ornamental plant, in places with warm and dry climates. It grows in home gardens and is linked to the tropical deciduous forest, Xeric scrublands, and forests of oak and pine.

FEATURES: annual herb that, sometimes, in exceptional circumstances, can live two years. Does not exceed 40 cm. tall. The leaves, whole, elongated, slightly oval, hugging the stem and, like him, are coated with a pelusilla unpleasant to the touch. The flowers, yellow or orange, Forman was at the end of the stems; are like margaritas, but with two rows of petals. Opens with the dawn and close at dusk. Before a flower wilt has already developed other, so the plant does not lose bloom throughout the year. The fruit is so distinctive that you can only see it already know that belongs to a marigold, which is stretched to the extreme arched, as.

LOCATION: It grows spontaneously in central and southern Europe, but is grown throughout the world as a garden plant for its beautiful flowers present while living plant. Requires a moist, and it is not easy to develop flowers if you lack water.

ACTIVE: The entire plant contains essence (of smell rather unpleasant) a saponin, a bitter principle and fatty acids, alcohols and also salicylic acid.

Medicinal properties: Its main property is the regulation of menstruation, thus shortening the lengthy and facilitating the brief. In addition, it is one of the most suitable for use as vulnerary (for treating wounds)

COLLECTION: The flowers should be collected in the morning, as they have opened. Can be used fresh or dried.

USES AND APPLICATIONS: As a regulator of menstruation, is used in dyeing (100 grams of dried flowers for a pint of alcohol can be used after nine days) It takes a soup spoon diluted in half a glass of water, sugar, two or three times a day from the seventh day prior to that was supposed to begin menstruation, and continue as long as it lasts.

In the Middle Ages, St. Hildegard, German Benedictine abbess, known for his love of plants and studies devoted to them, especially for medicinal, described for the first time in history the virtues of calendula, she calls in German Ringblume (flower of the ring) by the curious form of dividends.

Infusions and decoctions of calendula are excellent to regulate menstruation, for acne, to increase sweating and to heal the wounds.

For their showy flowers, calendula are widely used in gardening and ornamental purposes.

The marigold, very grown in gardens and pots for their beauty and color of flowers, the use of so many ways, achieving great results. Against fire or sun burns, beatings and falls, and so on.

I've always drawn attention, its parallels with the St. John's wort or CORAZONCILLO and arnica. They all have in common yellow, the sun, and the properties very similar. I will never forget my first oil from calendula, made with olive oil with macerated marigold flowers. It was very effective against the summer sun burns and always wore it over with a desire to prove to friends that they slept on the beach or taking too much sun.

While the arnica is more effective at beating under the skin with a spill, the marigold is much better in open wounds.

Family: composite / Asteraceae.

Type: annual herbaceous plant.

Originally: Southern Europe and Middle East.

Leaves: pale green, alternate, sessile.

Flowers: 3 to 6 cm. in diameter. Their intense colors ranging from bright orange and yellow.

Fruits: recurved, with rings almost spines on its dorsal side.













Anti - inflammatory.



Therapeutic benefits:

To regularize menstruation.

To disinfect and heal wounds, cuts, etc.

Treatment of Child Scrofulosorum.

Inflammation in general.

Tumors and cancer.



Insect bites or jellyfish.

External and internal ulcers.

Vaginal itching.

Ocular itching and conjunctivitis (coirios)

Important components:

Calendulina (yellowish substance of consistency mucilaginosa)


Heterósidos in quercetol.

Heterósidos of isorhamnetol.

Esters colesterinicos.

Acids derived from:





Caretenoides (3%)









Bitter substances (19%)



Alcohols and lactones terpénicos:




alpha and beta amyrin.

Essential oil (0. 4%)

water (10%)

minerals (10%)




gums (2. 5%)

organic acids (salicylic acid)


manganese salts.

Olean acid.



In infusion (flowers) and sudorific is an excellent tonic for anemia by increasing red blood cells.

The infusion of a downward leaves and a flower in a jug of boiling gua is effective remedy against all kinds of diseases of the stomach and intestine, convulsions and gastric ulcers, colitis, dropsy, hematuria or blood in the urine, infections caused by bacteria, diarrhea, measles and scarlet fever. This same infusion taken twice daily blood and purified active blood circulation, soothes the stomach pain and cure coughs, whooping cough and hoarseness.

Also without the infusion of marigold sweeten gives excellent results against infectious hepatitis and is extraordinary remedy for jaundice and other liver diseases.

For the rest it is good to remember that the infusion of marigold is a good remedy for cancer in cases that are no longer operating, taking the mate of calendula for an indefinite period.

At the external level is used to wash wounds cancer.

The cooking of a flower and a leaf of this plant into a jug of milk, relieves the pain of stomach cancer and cure gastric ulcers, coughs, bronchitis and whooping cough.

The cook in a sheet and a flower in a jar of water, drinking, relieving the pain of any type of cancer is a big help against typhoid.

The cooking of the leaves and flowers of this plant is used in bathrooms and washing as a remedy for hemorrhoids, infectious diseases of the skin, and mycosis (fungal diseases) of the feet, vagina and scalp. The washes with the cooking of the calendula, in addition to heal the swelling caused by strokes, falls, etc. Reinforcing the view.

Against ulcers, cancerous tumors, wounds or cracks and crevices in the hands and feet LSO are a big help with washing and cooking of a piece of marigold pony tail.

Tincture of calendula diluted in boiled water is applied in the form of wet towels on the wounds, bruises, bruises, sprains and dislocations, cancerous ulcers, tumors and bump.

The juice of fresh leaves and marigold flowers are used not only to clean the stains on the face and cure warts, scabies, but also against skin cancer.

The calendula ointment applied in the places affected, it is an effective remedy against inflammation of the veins (phlebitis) varicose veins, frostbites, burns and even breast cysts malignant (cancer) Efctiva friction is applied against the fungi of the skin, rheumatism and muscle aches.

Calendula oil.

Without a doubt one of the best and most popular home remedies. It's simply macerate of calendula flowers in olive oil and put it preferably within an airtight glass to the sun and serene for 40 days in a warm place. So far the simpler explanation is popularly known. But I am one of those who thinks it's better not to expose the maceration in full sun because the resulting product, while receiving one share of more persistent and intense heat, excessive heat damaged himself more oil base himself doing it rancid quickly, and already some "unpleasant" smell the marigold leaves, which by something called the flower of late. With all these reasons I think it would be more appropriate to describe the boat watertight with the maceration of calendula flowers in olive oil in a warm place where they can receive the rays of the sun for an hour or two a day only, for example a kitchen window. A popular ratio of oil and flowers of calendula said that "a bunch of flowers for every liter of oil. " I usually work in these cases guided a little by what I feel, though the measures and doses are always welcome, and what I usually do both at St. John's wort oil as the marigold is to fill the pot or container to almost the edge and lightly and then cover it up until oil while ensuring that no flower protrudes from the oil as this would cause mold to be fresh plant.

Notes of interest:

The word "marigold" comes from the Latin calendar of designating the first day of the month. This is because the calendula flowers every month of the year even if this winter is not too cold.

The Romans, however, called it Solsequium, which means "that follows the sun" action carried out by marigold flowers like sunflowers.

The botanical Dodoens wrote in 1578: "He has some nice flowers, bright yellow, which are closed at sunset and again open at dawn. ".

There is Calendula arvensis L. or marigold campestre asilvestrada that is easily distinguishable by having a smaller flowers and fewer ligules. This species also owns properties emenagogas, hypotensive and vasodilatation.

There is a story of a woman in England, with a prognosis of skin cancer when he was admitted to the hospital miara always something asilvestrado the garden center. One day began to notice that grew a few yellow flowers and in large numbers. Approached and asked for a ride by those plants to the gardener which he replied: "Oh, that are calendula wild invade the garden this year, but had not ever seen so many. " The woman began to read about this plant in many books always find many references of marigold and cancer, so it decided to take a infusions of water daily and marvel. And the wonder was that for physicians surprisingly recovered fully from his cancer and returned to his house in which there were pots with this humble plant.


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