#PODCAST: Marigolds are an annual blooming plant that is not only easy to grow but perfect to cheer up any garden with a pop of colour.
Legend has it that the scent of the flowers help guide the spirits from the cemetery to the altars. The yellow and orange marigolds symbolize the sun and light.
The marigold, and flowers in general, represent the fragility of life. It is believed that the spirits of our departed loved ones come to visit during the celebration and marigolds are used to help guide the spirits with their vibrant color.
An offering for Lord Muruga
In South Africa, marigolds are popularly sold ahead of the Thai Poosam Kavady festival which is in praise of the Hindu deity – Lord Muruga.
Newsbreak Lotus FM spoke to Dolly Prithipaul, who is a small scale marigold farmer from Cliffdale near Shongweni in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
She explains the do’s and don’ts to bloom the perfect crop of marigolds.
Listen to the podcast below
Due to their antioxidant properties, uses for marigolds include:
1. Homemade Skin Treatment
Ointment can be used to soothe sunburns, warts, bites, acne and ulcerations, in addition to healing wounds, dry skin and blisters.
2. Digestive-Soothing Tea
Tea can be made with marigold flowers to lower symptoms caused by inflammatory bowel diseases/colitis. Marigold tea is also beneficial for treating gastritis, acid reflux and ulcers, as well as reducing stomach or menstrual cramps.
3. Immune-Boosting Formula
Marigold (calendula) drops or extract are sometimes used to manage symptoms of coughs, sore throats, or fevers.
4. Eye, Genital or Skin Infection Treatment
Salves made with marigold have long been used to treat fungal infections of the genitals, feet, eyes, mouth, skin, and also to lower hemorrhoids, anal tears and candida.
Some of the active ingredients found in marigolds (calendula) that give it these capabilities include: (4)