Marigold plant care is so beneficial for you. It has so many medicinal benefits. In addition, marigold plant is used as an ayurvedic plant.
Marigold Flower (Genda phool)
Medicinal plants are widely used in traditional culture. All over the world, medicinal plants are becoming popular in modern society. Because they are natural alternatives to synthetic chemicals.
All the parts of marigold plant i.e. Genda phool, are used for medicinal purposes. They have external amd internal benefits. So, marigold plant can be used externally or internally.
Classification Of Marigold
Latin name is Targetes erectalinn.
Family is Asteraceae.
Class is Magnoliophyta.
Genus is Targetes.
Species is Erecta.
It is found in native to Mexico, Central America, Bolivia, India & Colombia.
Marigold flower i.e. Genda phool, is a beautiful bright orange flower. An aromatic flower that grows during the winter season. It is a temperate climate flowering plant that grows up to 79 cm in height. Flower shed are solitary, long stalked and thickening upward.
Species Of Marigold
There are about 33 species of the genus Targetes. Out of which, few species are introduced in the Indian gardens.
- 1) Tagetes glandulifera Schrank (Tagetes minuta L)
- 2) Tagetes patula (French Marigold)
- 3) Tagetes lucida (Mexican Marigold, Sweet Scented Marigold)
- 4) Tagetes tenulifolia (Striped Marigold)
Medical Properties Of Marigold (Ayurveda)
1)Rasa (Taste) – Tikta (Bitter), Kashya (Astringent)
2)Guna (Qualities) – Laghu (Light for digestion), Ruksha (Dry in nature)
3)Veerya (Potencey) – Sheeta (Cold)
4)Vipaka (Ripeness) – Katu (Under go pungent taste after digestion)
5)Karma (Actions) – Kaphapitta shamaka (reduces vitilated kapha), pitta dosha.
Different parts of Genda Phool (Marigold Flower) are used in folk medicines. They have medicinal benefits in curing various diseases.
Flowers are beneficial in the diseases such as stomachache, fever, epileptic fit (mirgi ka dhaura), astringent, carminative (agni vardhak), scabies (khujli).
Leaves are used in muscular pain, kidney troubles, antiseptic and can also be applied in boils (ulcer).
Infusion of plant is used against cold, bronchitis and rheumatism.
Marigold Plant Care Benefits and Pharmacological Activities
1). Anti microbial activity
2). Insecticidal activity
3). Anti bacterial activity
4). Antioxidant activity
5). Wound healing activity
6). Anti diabetic activity
– Content published by Mrs. Kalpana Kalakoti (M.Pharm.)