It has been shown in the experimental cases of both animal and the human hypothesis that Marigold consists of dozens of active chemicals, which make it a natural cytotoxic herb. There are many medicinal benefits of the Marigold flower.
Extracts that have been taken from the flower show a property to lower the C-reactive protein and cytokine levels in the body and guard the cells against being damaged by free radicals. This is one of the most basic causes of cell deterioration and aging. The Marigold flower not only controls the oxidative damage that is provoked by the free radicals in the body that can affect the fragile tissues of skin under eyes and other sensitive parts but also protect against infections of the skin, GI tract, and genitals caused by viruses or bacteria.
Researchers' conclusions from particular animal studies reveal that the marigold extract is capable of treating red eye and other chronic inflammatory conditions. The marigold extracts carry antiviral, antibacterial, immuno-stimulating and antifungal properties which not only reduce eye infections but defend vision by protecting the delicate tissues of the eyes from the harmful effects of UV light, oxidative damage and aging.
Researches conducted by various firms show that marigold as an extract can be used as ear drops to treat bacterial ear infections and reduce the pain. It has been shown that the marigold flower drops can decrease the inner-ear swelling and inflammation instantly, even without the use of antibiotics in some cases.
Used back in the olden day and used until today, one of the most common usages of marigold is its application to the irritated skin (or to the eyelids and elsewhere) in order to decrease redness, sensitivity, itchiness, dryness, and swelling. It has been found that it has the capability to speed up the growth of healthy new tissue, boost collagen production, increase blood flow to the affected area, hydrate dry skin, which firms and strengthens skin, and speed up the process of skin repair following surgery or damage.
The Marigold’s antispasmodic actions are beneficial for giving relief from muscle spasms, stomach cramps, “charley horse” pains and pre-menstrual cramps. It is able to decrease cramping by improving the circulation of blood to the painful area and reducing the inflammatory responses. The florets of Marigold can be consumed in the form of tea to help digestion internally and improve liver health or applied over the abdomen in ointment/extract form in order to seep into tense muscles through the skin.
Due to the repelling pungent odor caused by the volatile oils and antioxidant content, these flowers can be used as a natural repellent against mosquitoes, pests, and other bugs. This is one of the primary reasons marigold flowers are frequently planted and are used as an extract form in candles, room or bug sprays, and many skin lotions as protection against mosquito bites.