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What are the Uses and Health Benefits of Marigold (Tagetes erecta)?

Marigold or genda plant flower images

What is Marigold?

Marigold is also known as "Tagetes erecta" or Genda is an ornamental plant in India. This herb is a native of Mexico that spread from the African continent to all over the world. This is a beautiful, bright orange, an aromatic flower that grows during the winter season.

Marigold is used for its various medicinal properties both externally and internally. It is a temperate climate flowering plant that grows up to 70 cm in height.

Classification of Marigold

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Order: Asterales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Genus: Tagetes

Other names of Marigold

  • English name: Mexican marigold, African marigold, Aztec marigold
  • Hindi name: Genda phool, Genda
  • Kannada name: Chenduhoovu, Chendu huva
  • Bengali name: Genda
  • Marathi name: Ghenda
  • Gujarati name: Galaghoto
  • Malayalam name: Chendu malli
  • Telgu name: Banti Puvuu
  • Sanskrit name: Jhandu, Gendaa
  • Nepalese name: Sayapatri
  • Parsi name: Gulhazara

What are the Medicinal Properties of Marigold as per Ayurveda?

  • Rasa (Taste) - Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)
  • Guna (Qualities) - Laghu (Light for digestion), Ruksha (Dry in nature)
  • Veerya (Potency) - Sheeta (Cold)
  • Vipaka (After digestion taste conversion) - Katu (Undergoes Pungent taste after digestion)
  • Karma (Actions) - Kaphapitta Shāmaka (Reduces vitiated Kapha & Pitta dosha)

What are the Chemical Constituents of Marigold?

The flowers of Marigold contain lutein esters of dipalmitate, monomyristate and dimyristate. This whole plant contains essential oil limonene, ocimene, linalool, linalyl acetate, tagetone and n-nonyl aldehyde components. Its petal contains tagetin and hydroxyflavones.

What are the Actions of the Marigold Plant?

This plant shows various action on an individual mentioned below:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Antipyretic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Ant parasitic
  • Blood purifier
  • Carminative
  • Calming
  • Decongestant
  • Demulcent
  • Febrifuge
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic
  • Skin toner

Which parts of Marigold Herb are used for the Medicinal Purpose?

The various part of this herb used for medicinal purposes are Flowers, Leaves, Roots, Petals and Seeds.

What are the Indications of the Marigold Plant?

  • Skin disorders
  • Earache
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Urinary problems
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Boils
  • Rheumatism
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Epistaxis
  • Anal prolapse
  • Calculi
  • Toothache
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding in ulcerative colitis
  • Wounds

How Different Parts of Marigold are used in Various Disorders?

How Marigold is useful in urinary tract infections?

Marigold leaves powder is used for the problem like scanty urination and burning sensation. 3 to 6 gm powder of leaves are mixed with equal quantity of misri. You can take this mixture twice daily for good results.

How it is used in Urinary Calculi?

Marigold leaves are used in decoction form for removing stones. Take 20 gm of its leaves in 2 glass of water, boil it until remains ½ glass. Drink this twice daily you will see changes.

Are Marigold seeds used for respiratory disorders, asthma, and cough?

Yes, you can take Marigold seeds powder for your all respiratory problems. Take 3-4 gm of this powder by adding the equal amount of mishri twice daily.

How Marigold is used in epistaxis, menorrhagia, bleeding piles & bleeding stools in ulcerative colitis patients?

For all these problems you should take 5-10 ml of fresh flower juice extract. Take this juice daily or you can orally chew its flower for stopping bleeding in any case.

In what form Marigold is used for erectile dysfunction?

Take 3 gm of Marigold seeds powder mix it with misri. Drink with a glass of milk. Once or twice daily.

How Marigold is used for a toothache?

You can make a decoction of marigold leaves by adding few leaves in two glass of water. Boil this until it remains one glass. Strain the mixture and use this for gargle twice daily.

How Marigold is used for earache?

Take fresh juice extract of leaves to put two drops in both ears.

How this plant is used for swelling, boils, bleeding wounds?

Make a paste of Marigold plant apply it over affected area of the part.

How Marigold is used for acne problems?

The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of this herb treats acne. Make a paste of Marigold flower boil it in a cup of water until it remains half. Let it cool down and strain this mixture. Apply this over your acne at night time.

How Marigold is used for insect bites?

Make a paste from the flowers of the marigold plant. Apply it over the affected area of insect bite. Use this it will give calming effect on the skin.

In ITP patients suffering from nasal bleeding how Marigold flower is used?

The bleeding problems in ITP patients are very common so to avoid it use juice of this flower. Due to its cooling and calming effect on the body.

What is the Recommended Dosage of Marigold?

  • In juice the form you can take 10 to 20 ml once or twice daily.
  • Three to six gram of powder can be used of this plant.

Are there any Side-Effects of Marigold Flower?

No, there are no side-effects of this herb if taken in recommended dosage.

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