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Marigold, Calendula officinalis

Marigold, Calendula officinalis, gives us one last sun salutation before we go into winter. This cheerful plant bravely continues to flower until the moment that night frost arrives. Marigold is famous for its healing effects on skin conditions and a monograph of this persistent plant must certainly not be missing in this vademecum.

More medicinal properties of marigold, Calendula officinalis

But it’s not just skin that benefits from using marigold. What less people know is that marigold has a broad effect on the digestive system, can help with menstrual discomfort, promote a healthy circulation of veins and lymph vessels and also has a relaxing and calming effect. She’s definitely a great ally to have.

Magical effects of marigold

Same goes for her magical properties. So many magical effects are attributed to this warm-hearted plant that I will only mention a few here and leave the rest for the Magic properties section. Marigold has, for example, a broad protective effect. Marigold is also powerful when used in divination and love magic. And this is, of course, one of the best plants to use with any magic having to do with the sun.

Botanical description Marigold, Calendula officinalis L.

Marigold has a contorted fusiform taproot. It branches from its base and has stems that are light green, slightly hairy, and covered in glandular hairs. The leaves are spathulate on the underside of the plant and lanceolate at the top of the plant. They are arranged alternately, green in colour, with downy hair and entire edging.
A single flower stands at the stem apex, which can be up to 7 cm in diameter. It consists of ray florets arranged in 1 or 2 rows. At the centre you will find tubular florets which range from slightly darker than the ray florets to dark brown in colour. After flowering, many light brown, hairy seeds, which can be quite capricious in shape, appear in the heart of the flower.

Interesting facts

Cultivated descendant of the wild Calendula arvensis.
The flowers are opened from dawn to dusk. If marigolds are still closed at 7 AM a gloomy, rainy day is predicted.
There are several myths about the origin of the name Calendula. Most of them are about tragic love stories, in which love either went unanswered or the loved one died.

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