Calendula officinalis, commonly known as marigold, has long been known as a precious medicinal plant, which with its golden-yellow or orange florets and the beautiful scent, beautifies the yards. Thanks to the healing properties, marigold florets have been used to treat various diseases since the 12th century.
The most famous product from marigold is marigold ointment, which is traditionally prepared with pure pig fat or with coconut oil as a replacement.
The home-made prepared ointment from marigold is commonly used for the treatment of extended veins and various diseases of veins, hemorrhoids, wounds, bruises, first-degree burns and burns caused by sun, allergic reactions to the skin, acne and skin ulcers, various inflammations, insect stings, swelling and injuries. The marigold, besides having anti-inflammatory, has anti-fungal action, which makes it convenient for treating fungal skin infections.
How to use marigold ointment
1. Marigold ointment can be used for the care of healthy skin. It is applied in a thin layer on a previously clean and moist skin. This protects, nourishes, softens and moisturizes the skin.
2. In smaller wounds and calluses, the ointment from marigold is applied to the thick layer on gauze, and then gauze is placed on the skin and is tightened with a bandage or a sticking plaster. In this way, the medicinal substances from the ointment, penetrate rapidly and deeply into the skin and accelerate healing.
3. For the care of cracked and dry skin, after applying the ointment, it covers with nylon foil to achieve effective softening of the skin.
4. For the treatment of hemorrhoids, the ointment is applied in a thick layer several times a day, after cleaning of the entire area.
How to make ointment from marigold
For prepare marigold ointment, use exclusively fresh florets. Collect florets in the sun while they are open.
50 gr fresh florets from marigold
5 large spoons of pure pig fat or coconut oil (optional)
Method of preparation
1. Put the grease (pig fat or coconut oil) into a bowl on low heat to warm to a boiling point (the fat does not have to boil). Put the florets, from the marigold in the heated grease. Mix the florets for about 5 minutes on low heat.
2. After that, remove bowl from fire, and let allow ointment to cool (preferably overnight).
3. Then, re-warm the ointment, strain it over the gauze and place it in jars. When the ointment cools, close the jars and store it in the refrigerator.
Side effects are rare, and there are no known drug interactions. Topical use of calendula can result in a skin rash if you have allergies to marigold or generally to grass pollen.