Facts about Marigold Flowers
Tree marigolds are known by different names, like Mexican sunflower, Mexican tournesol, and Nitobe chrysanthemum. The botanical name of this flower is Tithonia diversifolia. By the end of Meiji Period, import of this flowering plant had started in Japan. Blooms of this marigold resemble sunflowers and possess orange color.
The blooming season of marigolds extend from mid-summer through to the winter. Marigold plants grow well in light conditions ranging from bright sunny to partial shady. Propagation is carried out by means of seeds; these plants are cultivated outdoors as well as in containers.
Marigolds are used for ornamental as well as medicinal purposes. The tree marigold described above, has many applications in the field of medicine. In Taiwan, it is used as a herbal medicine. It finds use in improvement of the functioning of liver. The flower is also used in the treatment of bone fractures, sprains, contusions, etc.
Marigolds which belong to the genus Calendula are used in aromatherapy. In aromatherapy, health problems that are dealt with include scars, eczema, rashes, cracked skin, viral infections, and inflammation. Seeds of marigold are used in the treatment of a variety of health problems including stomach cramps, insomnia, cancer, etc.
Traditional and modern medical practitioners reiterate the importance of marigold in medicine. Marigolds are used to prepare tonics, expectorants, diuretics. The juices from these flowers are used to treat snakebites. Alcoholic extracts of marigold are known to have antibiotic properties. The pathogenic bacteria and fungi can be treated with these extracts.