A few days the weather was great to get out and start planting our garden. I only managed to get some flowers in the ground, but it is a start! We planted Marigolds and Alyssum flowers! As mentioned in previous posts, it was exciting to learn that some flowers are edible and provide excellent vitamins and minerals. Marigolds not only keep pests out of your yard, but provide “some” health benefits as well……. IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ANY FLOWERS, DO NOT CONSUME!
“Other Names of Marigold: The marigold is also known as Mary bud, pot marigold, ruddes, golds, holigold, gold bloom and the garden marigold
Useful Parts of the Plant: The petals or the flower heads
The marigold is known for its bright orange colored flowers as well as its numerous medicinal properties. Marigold is grown mainly in March and April and is known to grow rapidly. There are different varieties of the plant and they are divided into four basic species. These include African Marigold, French Marigold, Triploids, and single Marigold. There are also sub-types with all of these major varieties.
Nutritional Information and Properties:
With regards to the nutritional information pertaining to marigolds, they are known to be a rich source of flavonoids and vitamin C. they have no fat content and therefore aid weight loss.
Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses
- One of the health benefits of marigolds is that it is used in the treatment of minor burns when used in the form of ointments or a tincture.
- On account of the anti-inflammatory properties of marigold it is also used in the treatment of allergic reactions, eczema and bruising.
- Health benefits of marigold oil also include it being used in the treatment for plantar lesions that tend to occur on the feet.
- Another one of the benefits of the marigold flowers is that it is very beneficial in getting rid of an oily complexion naturally. In this treatment, fresh flowers need to be soaked in warm water and then applied to the skin at least once a day and allowed to remain for 10 minutes before washing it off.
- Marigolds are also known to have plenty of health benefits on account of their high content of antioxidants. These antioxidants are known to be effective in combating the damage that may b caused by free radicals which are typically the by-products of environmental factors such as pollution or cigarette smoke or even normal body functions. The lycopene present in marigold is also known to lower the risk of heart disease and prostrate cancer. The antioxidants present in marigolds are also known to protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Health benefits and therapeutic uses of marigold flowers as well as the leaves of the marigold include it being beneficial in minimizing the number of tumors in the case of breast cancer as well as in the prevention of the development of new cancer cells. Besides breast cancer , Marigolds are also known to be effective against colon, leukemia and melanoma cancer cells.
- One of the medicinal uses of marigolds is that it promotes the growth of both new blood vessels as well as new skin tissue and hence it is used in the healing of wounds such as burns, scrapes as well as irritated skin.
- When consumed internally , marigolds are also known to help against digestive inflammation in the form of duodenal or gastric ulcers on account of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Marigold tea is also known to be effective against painful mouth and stomach ulcers as well as colitis. Marigolds are effective in this aspect because they tend to stimulate the lymphatic system and thereby minimize the swelling as well as cleanse the body of toxins which may be contributing to the ulcers.
- Marigold is also used in the form of an ointment for women who are suffering from breast cancer to minimize the dermatitis that is usually caused by chemotherapy.
- The petals of the marigold flower are also used in sitz baths as they are effective in healing vaginal infections, bladder infections, healing of stitches post child birth as well as haemorrhoids. To prepare a sitz bath the petals of the marigold flowers should be boiled for some time and then added to the warm bath water.
- One of the health benefits of marigold juice is that it is very effective in healing scabies and warts.
Precautions/ Side Effects/ Warnings:
Some of the side effects of marigold may include allergic reactions, medication interactions and even adverse hormonal effects.” http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/herbs/marigold.html
Asyllum was another flower I planted, here is a list of its benefits:
“Mat-forming Alyssums recently underwent a genus and species name change. They were Allyssum lobulariaand now they are Lobularia maritima. A native of the Mediterranean areas it has traveled far and is found 41 states most of Canada.The genus name lobulariacomes from dead Latin and means small globe, referring to the shape of the flower cluster. Maritima refers to its habitat, meaning it likes to grow near the seashore and is somewhat salt tolerant. . Leaves, young stems, and flowers are used for flavoring in salads or any dish where pungency is desired. The flowers candy well. The blossom are honey-scented.” http://www.eattheweeds.com/edible-wild-flowers/
There is not a lot of information about the benefits of asyllum flower, but it is high in vitamin C. Salads are a good place to add flowers for more variety! You even try making jam from the flowers.
Last year we just started making dandelion jelly; if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. It is much better than mowing it up when dandelions provide a lot of benefits in the body!