Surprising Uses for Marigold


( – Marigold, also known as calendula or Calendula officinalis, is an annual flowering plant used for centuries for various purposes. The flowers have been used for centuries to create dye. They are also edible, making them a beautiful and nutritious addition to any garden. But the benefits of calendula go far beyond coloring and food.

Don’t Get Confused

First, it’s important not to confuse calendula with the Tagetes plant, as they are both commonly known as marigolds. The Tagetes is more popular in the United States and is the variety of marigolds used in “Dia de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico.

It is a common mistake to confuse the two plants due to their similar names; however, they do not share the same beneficial characteristics.

Reported Benefits of Calendula

Calendula has been used as an herbal medicine for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. From teas to lotions and ointments, marigold is used by herbalists in various ways, but what exactly can it potentially do?


According to, calendula is packed with antioxidants that help the body fight off the effects of oxidizing stress. Calendula extract contains multiple antioxidants, including flavonoids, carotenoids, triterpenes, and polyphenols.

The flavonoids calendula contains, in particular, may help reduce inflammation and fight off foreign particles that could lead to infections.

Treat Wounds and Ulcers

Oils and ointments made with calendula extract may help treat wounds when used topically. Aside from the reported anti-inflammatory properties, studies have shown that calendula may help boost collagen production in wounds as they heal. Some conditions that calendula extract may relieve include:

  • Diaper rash
  • Bedsores
  • Acne
  • Gingivitis
  • Nipple irritation from breastfeeding
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Certain cancers, such as melanoma and leukemia

Marigold is a wonderful plant that may have a shocking number of uses in a survival situation, from food to potential medicine. However, this still isn’t the sum of what this plant can do. To see what else Calendula can do, check out our article on creating natural mosquito repellent.

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