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The calendula herbal plant is known since ancient times. It is also called as pot marigold, scientific name calendula officinalis. The name Calendula comes from Latin world “calendae” which means calendar and this designates the 1st day of every month. This name is referred since the time of ancient Romans when calendula flowering occurred every month of the year even in wintertime if it was not very cold.
In the middle ages, calendula herb was prescribed as a herbal remedy against intestinal disorders and liver disorders. Just like sunflower, calendula flower follows the movement of sun, so calendula has also been famous by the name of solsequium, a plant that follows the direction of sun. In European countries and Latin America, the marigold flowers are used to adorn the altar on the feast of All Saints. On this day, marigold flowers are spread on the graves. Also calendula flowers can be easily seen in cemeteries.
Marigold flowers are considered religious by Hindus and are also used in Hindu religious ceremonies.
Origin and Distribution of Calendula Herbal Plant
Despite the large number of popular names given to this wonder herb, no one exactly knows for sure where the origin of this herb is. It has been assumed by many botanical science researchers that Mediterranean area was one area where there was widespread use of this herb, mainly northern and southern Europe and the Middle East. And it is also assumed that in all likelihood origin of calendula is simply result of intersection of other species of the genus Calendula, perhaps C. arvensis or wild wonder or some other. Some botanical history researchers locate its origin to Mexico, where the ancient Aztecs used calendula due to its medicinal, spiritual, and magical properties. The first were Spanish explorers who brought calendula seeds to Spain where calendula plant’s cultivation was started, especially in the gardens of monasteries and from there, the amazing benefits of calendula spread to other countries of Mediterranean basin. There are two types of calendula or marigold herbs, one that is cultivated for its flowers and other which belongs to forests and wildlife. Both types of calendula look same and have similar characteristics.
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Medicinal Benefits of Marigold Flower Extract
Nowadays, calendula herb is grown in different countries of the world. Marigold is often grown in home gardens and its flowers are widely used due to its medicinal benefits including treatment of sunburns, bruises, lacerations, scratches, insect stings, mumps, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, etc. Marigold flower extract is also beneficial in treatment of treating menstrual pains, painful varicose veins, athlete’s food, chapped skin, dry skin, pelvic congestion, and all types of skin infections and inflammations. Marigold flower extract prevent hemorrhages. Marigold flower extract is used in form of lotions, compresses for wounds, and creams for treating infections. Calendula herbal tea is also popular among the people. Calendula herbal extract is also used in gargles and mouthwashes.
Important note: The marigold of French origin can be taken internally and not that of African origin.