Pot marigold

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Pot marigold is an annual plant with tall, slender leaves and large flowers measuring 4 to 7 centimeters in diameter. It has a cold and dry temperament.

This plant is herbaceous, belongs to the Asteraceae family, and is a member of the chicory family. The root of this flower is cone-shaped. The flowering period of this plant is from early spring to late autumn, and it can be harvested throughout the summer. The leaves on the stem of the Pot marigold are alternate and lanceolate.

The fruit of this flower has rough and arc-shaped protrusions. The growth of this flower is very fast; upon sowing the seed of the Pot marigold, it immediately germinates and blooms within 8 weeks. This flower originates from Mediterranean regions but is planted in various parts of Iran as an ornamental flower. This yellow flower has branched and erect aerial stems. The Pot marigold protects the vegetable garden from pests. The chemical compounds of the Pot marigold mainly include high acids, calendulin, salicylic acid, and gum.

There are over 50 species of this plant worldwide. The purple and orange variety is used more in pharmaceuticals due to its abundance of beneficial substances. For medicinal purposes, only the buds of this flower are used. Typically, the buds are collected on a sunny day and spread on a basket in the shade to dry at a temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. This flower is native to Egypt and Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe.

Other names for the Pot marigold include Zargol, Ghooghan, Eghavon, Zabideh, Hay Al-Aam, Abroon, Zabideh, Azargoon, and Azaryoon Al-Hadanagh. The height of this flower is less than 50 centimeters and it has green leaves tinged with brown and curved, oval, and simple, covered with hair.

Calendula officinalis is one of the species of the Pot marigold, which is briefly called Calendula. Calendula is also called Marigold, which has antifungal, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties.

The Pot marigold plant is a perennial plant used for making various herbal ointments, colorants, medicinal uses, and also topical treatments. Tagetes is another type of Pot marigold that is usually planted in gardens to create fragrance and repel insects.

The Everlasting Flower is cultivated worldwide today. In Iran, there are two types of this flower that are similar in terms of therapeutic properties. In addition to decorative use, they have abundant medicinal properties. They are mostly seen in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province in Iran.

The Pot marigold usually blooms in the warmer months of the year. This flower is full of petals and is a small flower that can be easily kept in a garden or a pot at home. This flower is used to make medicine because it has extraordinary properties in treating some diseases.

The Pot marigold is used to prepare herbal tea, various dressings, food colorings, cosmetic and hygiene products, and for making medicine for topical treatments.

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Getting to Know the Pot marigold Tea

How is the Pot marigold tea prepared?

First, you need to pour a handful of dried Pot marigold into boiling water. After it has steeped for 5 minutes, the tea is ready.

Properties of Everlasting Flower Tea

This tea has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Everlasting Flower tea is used to treat ear infections.

It is used in the treatment of digestive disorders.

It is a stimulant for the body’s immune system.

It is a suitable stimulant for collagen production. Collagen is a natural protein present in the body that helps in skin regeneration and usually decreases over time.

Pot marigold tea can be used in the treatment of eye conjunctiva swelling.

Using Pot marigold tea for detoxification after surgery is beneficial.

To soothe a sore throat and oral inflammations, you can gargle with Pot marigold tea.

Using Pot marigold tea is beneficial for regulating the menstrual cycle.

If you want to have soft skin, you can store this tea in the refrigerator and use it for your skin.

Properties of  Pot marigold

  • Among the properties of the Pot marigold, we can mention the fever-reducing property of this medicinal-decorative plant.
  • Pot marigold constrict blood vessels using their anti-inflammatory properties and prevent bleeding.
  • The extract of this flower has an anti-cancer effect on cancers such as blood, breast, prostate, tonsil, lung, skin, and large intestine.
  • If your eyes become red and painful, wash them with Pot marigold tea.
  • Consuming Pot marigold tea stimulates the immune system and detoxifies the body.
  • This tea aids digestion.
  • Pot marigold help form blood vessels and regulate menstrual cycles.
  • Pot marigold are a diuretic.
  • If you want to have light-colored hair, add the dried powder of the leaves of the Pot marigold plant to your shampoo or conditioner. Using the oil of this plant thickens the hair roots and prevents them from falling out.

Pot marigold are used to treat infections, wounds, inflammation, and many other diseases. Some believe that the chemicals in this flower reduce swelling of the mouth and throat and also help heal wounds. According to a report published in Pharmacognosy Review in 2013, 200 commercial medical products have been produced from the extract of the Pot marigold. Pot marigold tea is a fever reducer and is used to reduce blood pressure, treat stomach inflammation, and generally strengthen the body.

Pot marigold Tea

Using the dried petals of this flower, you can easily prepare its tea, which is useful in treating many skin problems.

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Properties of Pot marigold and How to Use It in Every Field

Remedy for skin disorders

Pot marigold has an extraordinary effect on reducing skin problems such as swelling, itching, pain, infection, etc., and it increases the speed of recovery of these skin problems. Nowadays, Pot marigold ointment, which is an extract of Pot marigold, is easily available in pharmacies.

Preparing Pot marigold ointment at home is also easily possible. To prepare this topical ointment, you should mix 4 to 6 grams of Pot marigold extract in some butter or fat and apply it to the affected area.

To help treat skin problems, you should crush one to two Pot marigold to form a paste. Then apply the resulting paste to the damaged skin and let it dry in the air.

Treatment of cuts and small wounds using Pot marigold

Pot marigold has antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, and for this reason, it can help heal burns, cuts, and small wounds. Collagen is necessary for repairing damaged skin, and Pot marigold strengthens collagen production.

The way to use Pot marigold for treating small wounds and cuts is to first prepare a few Pot marigold and extract their water, then apply it 2 to 3 times a day on the cut or wound. (Instead of using Pot marigold water, you can use a cream or lotion containing Pot marigold on the damaged skin several times a day).

Pot marigold and Eye Redness Treatment

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, can cause itching and redness in the eye. Pot marigold, with its antibacterial and antiviral properties, resolves this problem and generally alleviates eye discomfort.

To use Pot marigold to alleviate redness and eye problems, first pour two teaspoons of dried flowers into a cup of hot water and then cover the cup. After ten minutes, the flower leaves will steep. After this time, strain the tea and after it cools, wash your eyes with this solution several times a day.

Calendula always reduces muscle stiffness.

Calendula, with its antispasmodic properties, can help reduce muscle stiffness. To relieve muscle stiffness, you can drink one to two cups of this herb’s tea daily. A study was conducted in 2006 in Phytotherapy Research to demonstrate the analgesic property of calendula. After the experiment, they concluded that calendula contains two spasmolytic and spasmogenic substances that reduce pain by closing calcium channels and cholinergic activities. To use calendula for muscle stiffness, you should:

Pour one or two teaspoons of dried calendula petals into a cup of boiling water and let it boil for ten minutes. After this time, squeeze the leaves and then strain the tea. Drink this tea one to two times a day. (If you want, you can massage calendula oil, which contains the extract of this flower, on the injured muscle).

Improving Diaper Rash with Pot marigold

The flavonoids present in this plant protect the body against damage caused by free radicals. If a baby’s skin is burned due to the use of diapers, you can confidently use Pot marigold to relieve the burn.

The way to use this flower to relieve diaper rash in infants is as follows:

Method one: Pour the flower oil directly on the skin two to three times a day and massage the affected area.

Method two: Boil ¼ cup of dried flowers in 4 cups of water and strain it after mixing. You can clean the affected area with the resulting solution.

Use of Pot marigold for Cancer Tumor Treatment

Pot marigold, especially their oil, have a specific anti-tumor property and have a significant impact on cancer treatment. The result of an animal study published in BMC Cancer in 2006 showed that Pot marigold can fight cancerous tumors and activate lymphocytes that fight infections and foreign invaders. The use of this flower also reduces the side effects of chemotherapy.

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Treating Bunions with Pot marigold

Have you or anyone around you ever had a bony bump form next to your big toe? This is a bunion that causes a lot of pain. With the anti-inflammatory properties of Pot marigold, you can solve bunion problems.

Bunion Treatment Method

Crush a few fresh Pot marigold leaves in your hand and apply the water that comes out of it on the bunion. Apply this flower water on the bunion two to three times a day and let it dry in the air.

In another method, you can apply ready-made calendula ointment on the bunion area to reduce the pain and complications of the bunion.

Contraindications of  Pot marigold

The use of the Pot marigold has rarely caused allergies so far, and it’s better to say that this flower does not cause severe allergies or sensitivities.

It is better for pregnant women to avoid using it.

The use of the Pot marigold is not recommended with blood pressure medications and painkillers.

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