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MARIGOLD - 金盞花
Calendula officinalis

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Weak menstruation, gastritis, spasms of the digestive tract, cysts, glandular disorders, inflammation of the colon; to cleanse the liver, to stimulate gall bladder function ...

Description

Composition :
100% Calendula officinalis flos & folium - 200 mg

Part used :
Petals, some leaves

Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is a annual herbaceous plant in the Daisy family (Asteraceae), probably native to southern Europe. Today it is also widely naturalised further north in Europe and elsewhere in temperate regions of the world. Marigold grows to 80 cm (31in) tall, with sparsely branched erect stems. The leaves are oblong-lanceolate, 5 – 17 cm (2-7in) long, hairy on both sides, and with margins entire or occasionally waved or weakly toothed. The inflorescences are yellow and orange, comprising a thick capitulum or flowerhead of 4 – 7 cm (1.5-3in) diameter surrounded by two rows of hairy bracts; in the wild plant they have a single ring of ray florets surrounding the central disc florets. The disc florets are tubular and hermaphrodite, and generally of a more intense orange-yellow color than the female, tridentate, peripheral ray florets. The fruit is a thorny curved achene.

Marigold petals are edible and sometimes found as a decorative addition to salads.

Balms made from Marigold petals are a staple of folk medicine and used for external treatment of varicose veins, hemorrhoids, ulcers, fistulas, contussions, burns, sunburn and inflamed nipples. Applied internally, Marigold petals may help with glandular disorders, irregular and weak menstrual cycles, menstrual pain, premenstrual breast pain and disorders associated with menopause; also helpful with stomach and intestinal ulcers, leukorrhea (vaginal inflammation) and to stimulate the gall bladder and liver cleansing.

Marigold petals contain mucilage and bitterns, essential oils, calenduline, carotinoides, salicylic acid, malic acid, tripenic alcohol and violaxanthin, a combination which produces diuretic, anti-inflammatory, cramp reducing, wound healing, disinfecting and immune- and gall bladder-stimulating properties.

History: Research conducted in 1957 by Dr. P.G. Seger of the Cancer Research Institute at the Berlin Charite Hospital showed that by improving cell metabolism, flavanoids contained in Marigold petals may have a protective role with some types of cancer. Marigold was selected medicinal plant of the year 2009.

Note: Marigold should not be used internally during pregnancy (may induce labor).

Make yourself oil of Calendula:

Dosage

Take 3-6 capsules daily, with plenty of water.

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