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Marigold Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Marigold, Pot Marigold
Botanical Name
Calendula Officinalis
Hindi Name
Homeopathic Name
Calendula Officinalis   -   Mother Tincture

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Action of Marigold

Nutrients in Marigold

Taste of

Parts Used

Flowers, Petals, Leaves, Roots, Seeds

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Marigold

Taking Calendula internally during pregnancy or nursing may cause miscarriage.
For a person sensitive to Asteraceae/Compositae family, Calendula may be allergic
Calendula may cause drowsiness if taken with medications during or post surgery and with sedatives.
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Marigold is a flowering plant.
It is annual.
It grows in a temperate climate.
It grows up to 70 Cm.
Best used for Wounds.

In TCM :
Marigold : Jin Zhan Hua

Dosage Range :
Dried Herb : make an infusion of 1-2 g herb. Take it daily in divided doses.
Liquid Extract ( 1:2 ) : Take 15-30 mL/week for Internal use or 1.5-4.5 mL/day in divided doses. Dilute in ratio of 1:3 for External application.
Tincture ( 1:5 ) : Take 0.3-1.2 mL three times a day.
The oil can be produced by steeping the fresh flowers in vegetable oil for 1 week. Strain it for use.
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Materia Medica for Marigold

Marigold General

Marigold is an excellent herb for cuts and wounds. It aids effectively in healing in slow healing Wounds.
It is used in the treatment of minor burns.
Anti-inflammatory properties of marigold make this herb efficient in treating allergies like eczema and bruising.
The presence of antioxidants in Marigold helps in combating free radicals.
Marigold contains lycopene. Due to this lycopene, this herb is known to lower the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer.
It is also effective in the treatment of colon, leukemia, and melanoma cancer cells.
Single Herb

Marigold for Blisters

Prepare an infusion of dried flowers of Marigold. Apply it on affected area.

Marigold for Bunions

Marigold contains anti inflammatory properties that help to reduce Pain and Inflammation.
Crush some Marigold leaves with your hands to extract the juice. Apply the extracted juice on the affected area. Allow it to dry. Repeat this process twice daily.
Apply Marigold ointment over the affected areas 2 or 3 times daily for 1 month.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Acne

Marigold ( Gendha ) has Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory effects which help in treating Acne.
Crush one dried or fresh Marigold (Calendula) flower. Boil in a cup of warm water until it remains half on low flame. Let it cool. Strain. Apply it on Acne with a cotton ball. Do it twice a day.

Marigold for Conjunctivitis

Make an infusion of Marigold ( Gendha ) flower. Wash eyes with it, thrice a day.

Marigold for Aphthous Ulcers

Prepare a tea of the Marigold ( Gendha ) dried flowers. Gargle with it 3-4 times a day.

Marigold for wounds

Prepare an infusion of Marigold ( Gendha ) plant. Wash the wounds with that twice a day.
OR : Use Marigold ( Gendha ) Tincture diluted with water. It is available at Homeopathic Pharmacies.

Marigold for External Bleeding

Make a paste of Marigold ( Gendha ) flower. Firstly wash the area with water then apply the paste.

Marigold for Corns

Use Marigold ( Gendha ) Cream or Oil over the affected area once at night.

Marigold ( Gendha ) Flower for Difficult Menses

Prepare an infusion of Marigold ( Gendha ) Flower. Take 2 teaspoons once a day.
OR Soak a handful of flowers in 2 cups of rectified alcohol for 5-6 weeks. Take 10-15 drops daily.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Breast

Marigold ( Gendha ) is considered to be a highly effective styptic.
It is also used to cure external problems of Breast.
Purchase Marigold ( Gendha ) extract from the market. Apply 3 to 4 times on the breast.

Marigold for Skin Diseases

Boil few Marigold heads in a cup of water. Cool and apply on Skin patches.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Insect Bites

Rub the fresh flower on the affected area for quick relief.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Earache

Put some oil of Marigold ( Gendha ) on a cotton swab and place in the ear.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Wounds, Bruises

Crush the fresh flowers and apply on the affected area.
OR Apply fresh juice of Marigold ( Gendha ).

Marigold for Insect Bites

Tie petals of Marigold over affected areas.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Sunburns

Marigold ( Gendha ) possesses Anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. These effects, help to calm the inflammation and heal the affected skin.
Boil half a liter of distilled water. Now, put two handful of petals of Marigold ( Gendha ) flower in a jar. Pour the boiled water over them and cover. Let them steep, do not touch the jar for a couple of hours. Place it in refrigerator. Apply 2 to 3 layers of this preparation over the affected skin, one after another. Let it dry. Wash with normal water.
OR : Buy Marigold ( Gendha ) extract from the market or make your own. Apply the extract directly with a piece of Cotton cloth or Cotton balls. Let it dry and then, wash with normal water.
OR : Variety of Creams, containing Marigold ( Gendha ), are also available in the market.

Marigold ( Gendha ) Flower for Chilblain

Prepare an infusion of Marigold ( Gendha ) Flower. Add Salt. Deep your hands and feet for 20 minutes.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Psoriasis

Take 20 grams flower heads of Marigold ( Gendha ). Boil in one glass of water until it remains half. Cool and strain. Apply it on affected parts for 20 minutes.

Marigold ( Gendha ) Flowers for Scanty Menses

Take 2 Marigold ( Gendha ) Flowers. Prepare an with one glass of water. Have half cup twice a day.

Marigold ( Gendha ) Flower for Blisters

Take 3 to 4 Marigold ( Gendha ) Flower. Squeeze them. Collect the liquid and apply it on affected parts.

Marigold ( Gendha ) Flowers for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Take 2 fresh Marigold ( Gendha ) Flowers. Pluck the petals. Add in one jug of water and put it on low flame for 15 minutes. Strain. Start drinking before 2-3 days of menstrual period till the last day.

Marigold ( Gendha ) flower for Urticaria

Apply the fresh juice of Marigold flower over the affected area.

Marigold for Tennis Elbow

Fry petals of Marigold flower in Sunflower Oil. The resultant will be the therapeutic oil. Use it for massage over painful Elbow.

Marigold ( Gendha ) Flower for Diaper Rash

Collect Marigold ( Gendha ) Flower. Dry in shade. Grind them. Add any carrier oil to make a paste. Apply it on the affected part.

Marigold for Hematoma

Make infusion of Marigold flower. Wash the affected area.

Marigold ( Gendha ) Flower for Dandruff

Take 3 to 4 Marigold ( Gendha ) Flowers. Heat with 100 ml of Coconut ( Nariyal ) Oil for 15 minutes. Add 2 pinches of Camphor ( Kapur ). Strain and store. Massage your scalp with this twice or thrice a week.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Anal Fissure

Purchase Marigold ( Gendha ) extract from market. Apply over affected area twice or thrice a day.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Wrinles

Take One tablespoon dried Marigold ( Gendha ) flowers.
Steep them in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.
Cool and filter.
Apply on your face with a cotton ball or use as a lotion.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Oily Skin

Marigold ( Gendha in India ) removes impurity and cleanses the Skin. It absorbs excessive Oil from the Skin and gives a natural look. Marigold nourishes the Skin and prevents Acne due to Oily Skin.
Take 10 to 12 fresh Marigold petals. Grind the leaves to make a paste. Add 1 teaspoon of raw Milk. Mix them well. Apply the paste on the affected Skin. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a week.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Varicose Veins

Marigold ( Gendha in India ) contains Flavonoids and Triterpenes. These nutrients repair the damaged tissues and reduce the pain. It controls Bleeding and Swelling due to Varicose Veins.
Take a handful of fresh Marigold flowers petals. Crush them to make a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area. Leave it overnight. Wash in the morning. Repeat this daily for 2 to 3 weeks to soothe the veins.

Marigold for Cracked Heels

Take a handful fresh leaves of Marigold. Extract the juice. Add some Castor oil it in. Apply on the cracked Heels.
Or Add Vaseline other than Castor Oil. Apply on the cracked Heels, wear socks and go to bed.

Marigold for Ear Pain

Put a few drops of Marigold leaves extract. It reduces pain.

Marigold ( Gendha ) for Skin Rashes

Prepare Marigold flower ( Gendhe ke Phool ) tea and dip a cotton boll in it. Apply on the rashes as compress. Repeat it 2 times in a day.
OR : Apply Marigold oil ( Calendula oil ) on the affected parts and leave for an hour. Regular application will help to heal Skin Rashes.
OR : Add 2 to 3 cups of Marigold tea or 5 to 10 drops of Marigold oil in the bathing water. Soak the affected parts for 5 to 10 min. Do it daily for 1 week or until the rashes go away.
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Herbal Treatment For Elephantiasis 1

Make a concoction of Cleavers leaves, Yellow Dock root, Pokeweed root, Echinacea root, Blue Flag root and Marigold ( Gendha ) flower. Take twice a day.
Caution :
Excess use may cause toxicity.

Herbal Treatment For Chicken Pox 2

Take Chamomile, Basil, Marigold ( Gendha ) and lemon balm in equal quantity. Prepare a decoction. Strain. Add a pinch of Cinnamon, honey and lemon to this tea and Take it when warm.

Herbal Treatment For Blisters 2

Take 28 grams of dried Marigold ( Gendha ), 28 grams of dried Comfrey root, 2 cups Almond, Olive oil, ½ cup finely chopped beeswax, 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 10 drops of Tea Tree oil. Heat the herbs gently in Olive oil for 2-4 hours. When it becomes yellow in color, strain it. Apply this on Blisters.

Herbal Treatment For Blurred Vision 1

Take the leaves and the Flowers of the following herbs:
Chickweed, Barberry, Marigold ( Gendha ), Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, Eyebright, Cornflowers.
Prepare an infusion. Let it cool. Use as an eyewash, 2-3 times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Blurred Vision 2

Take the leaves and the Flowers of the following herbs:
Eyebright, Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, Chamomile, Marigold ( Gendha ), Witch Hazel.
Prepare an infusion.Use the infusion to dampen a soft cloth. Keep it over your eyelids, and lie down for 10 minutes.

Herbal Treatment For Cuts 1

Mix Comfrey root powder and dried Marigold ( Gendha ) flower powder in equal ratio. Add some Tea Tree oil in it to make thick paste. Use it as an ointment on the Cuts.

Herbal Treatment For Cuts 2

Take some Marigold ( Gendha ) flower, Parsley leaves and Plantago Asiatica leaves. Crush them together to form paste. Apply this paste on the Cuts.

Herbal Treatment For Chicken Pox 3

Take leaves of Basil, Marigold ( Gendha ) and Chamomile in equal quantity. Prepare tea with it. Add Honey and Cinnamon powder in it. Drink thrice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Skin Diseases 8

Take 30 ml Olive oil. Add 5 ml Marigold oil and 2 ml Oregano oil. Apply this mixture on the skin patches.

Herbal Treatment For Psoriasis 2

Put two drops of Marigold oil and one drop of Oregano oil in a small bowl of olive oil. Mix it well. Rub it over the affected area.

Herbal Treatment For Cervicitis 1

Combination of Meadowsweet, Flax ( Seeds ), Marigold and Lady's Mantle is good in the treatment of Cervicitis.
Take equal quantity of herbs. Grind them coarsely. Boil 4 teaspoons of ground powder in water on a low flame for 10 minutes. Add this water in your bathing water. Sit in the water in a way, so that the water enters the vagina. Stay as it is for 15 to 20 minutes daily.
Note : Do it till the problem persists.

Herbal Treatment For Varicose Veins 6

Take 2 tablespoons of Soapwort powder. Add 10-15 Marigold crushed petals in 100 ml warm water. Prepare a paste of it. Mix this paste to the Soapwort powder. Blend them using 10 ml of tepid water until you get a medium consistency. Apply this paste to the affected area overnight. Wash off the next morning.
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Chinmay ( India )
23 Feb 2016
How to remove marigold paste colour when applied for overnight??
Kruti Sen
01 Mar 2016
Marigold paste whenever applied on the affected areas, may be simply removed by washing off with water. Wash the area with water and then pat dry ( if face ) with the towel.
16 Sep 2016
How to give chirata to my five years old daughter
16 Sep 2016
Why do you wish to give this herb to your 5 ears old daughter ?
Is she suffering from any disorder ?
Ravi Iyer ( India )
20 Jun 2017
Hi, i am looking for Marigold oil or paste, can i get it. For psoriaris treatment.
Shauna ( Barabdos )
27 Jan 2019
my mother wash her eyes 3 time with calendula now its red painful and full of cold what cause this
Karen ( USA )
29 Jul 2019
Does Marigold increase estrogen levels?

I am post menopausal and I don't want to take something that will increase my estrogen levels because it causes me to have abnormal bleeding.
30 Jul 2019
Dear Karen, Please specify why you are taking Marigold?
We can then explain you the exact dosage for your problem.
Anything took in the wrong quantity and dosage can cause side effects, even herbs. However, the effect of Marigold over estrogen is still under research and explained as none till date.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
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Ankita ( Belgium )
24 Aug 2020

Thanks for this article, i have been looking for the uses of marigold flower since I have them at home and I knew that these are being used but not how. So many thanks for the article.

I have a question here, i have three varieties of marigold at home, I dont know the names, but I can describe below. Could you please confirm if I can use all of them as per your instructions given above?

I am using the reference names from this url and I really couldnt make much differentiate since all looks similar - http://www.flowerspicture.org/marigold-varieties.html
1. Dwarf Marigold (Pic 2) or Marigold garden border 2017 (Pic 9) - (same as found in India)
2. French marigold yellow (Pic 12) (mine is little bushy and orange in color)
3. French marigold yellow (Pic 16 or 18) (less bushy with appx 10 - 15 petals, the petals shed themselves after few days and it seems to be wild as I have almost 40-50 buds in one plant.)
K ( Ireland )
02 Feb 2021
I want to give this for urinary tract infect for 5 year old girl with spina bida and recurring utis. How do i give it and the doseage, thanks.
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