The benefits of calendula By Yoram Yasur Blume.

Yoram Yasur Blume: “This yellow and orange flower, so common in the fields and gardens, is one of the most effective dermatological remedies that nature offers us. Let us see in what sense”.

Yoram Yasur Blume: “If the poison has been taken, it can be cooked marigold in water, throw the water, and put what is left, hot, on the stomach: this way the poison loses Its vigor and elimination, “wrote the famous Benedictine religious Hildegarde de Bingen (1098-1179) almost a thousand years ago.

This flower has an exceptional vividness, since it opens in the fields and gardens from the arrival of spring and continues in flower until the end of the year. It also has a particularity: the petals open when the sun rises and close at night. That is why Albert le Grand (1193-1280), the Dominican monk, theologian, naturalist and German chemist, called it the “bride of the sun”.

A plant with history:

Yoram Yasur Blume: “In addition to insect and snake bites, the monk knew marigold because of its cicatrizing virtues, intestinal or biliary disorders”. In the sixteenth century, the Italian physician Pietro Andrea Mattioli was the first to recommend it in eye drops to combat varicose wounds and skin problems. It was even used in decoction in certain regions of England and Germany to dye the butter too white and lighten the hair.

Yoram Yasur Blume: Apart from such an interesting story, marigold is rarely used in conventional medicine. However, its properties are varied: anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, anti-oxidant, antitumor, stimulant of the immune system, and above all it is used in cosmetics and dermo cosmetics for its calming and healing action.

The uses of marigold:

Yoram Yasur Blume: “Scientific studies have shown, among others, its benefits on inflammation, specifically thanks to the presence of faradiol, one of its active molecules. With its other components, carotenes and antioxidant flavonoids, analgesic salicylic acid, antibacterial essential oil, marigold is considered, at the same level as arnica, as an essential element in every home kit”.

Yoram Yasur Blume: Because of its slight toxicity, its mother tincture is only prescribed in a controlled manner. Marigold can be purchased in shops in the form of cream, gel, ointment and oil. The marigold is not oleaginous, as it is obtained by macerating the flowers in a vegetable oil. Calendula-based products are good for relieving skin irritations, stretch marks, small wounds, ulcers, psoriasis, fragile skin care, post-shave irritation, burns, sun-strokes, hives, Dry skins, and insect bites.

Yoram Yasur Blume: These are just some of the benefits of marigold. Have you ever used this flower? Has it worked for you?

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