Crackerjack Marigold (Tagetes erecta)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

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Crackerjack Marigold

Also known as:  American Marigold,  , or Aztec Marigold

Uses:  Culinary, Food Dye, Herbal Tea, Medicinal, Poultice, Topical Skin & Eyes (against aging), Laxative, Insecticide effect in soil

Parts used:  Leaves, Flowers, Roots

Preparation: Fresh, Dried, Flower Essence, Infusion, Decoction, Poultice

 

 

 

  • Symbolizes:  Herb of the Sun
  • Language of Flowers meaning:  Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy
  • Associated with:  Leo and Sacral Chakra
  • Element:  Fire
  • Governed by:  Sun

Culinary 

  • Flowers

The Crackerjack Marigold flower can be used fresh in salads, casseroles, omelettes or stir fried alone or with vegetables.  These flowers are pleasantly bitter to them that adds flavour and colour and made into a  dressing, be infused in water or for making tea.  The flower is used as a substitute for Saffron to colour dishes.  The flowers can be used fresh or picked to dry for later use in the kitchen.

Health and Wellness

  • Flowers, Leaves & Roots

The Cracker Jack Marigold is capable of destroying parasitic worms, in particular human intestinal helminthsis (worms).   It is also used as a digestive (for gas), diuretic, sedative and to stimulate menstrual flow.  It is rich in the anti-oxidant lutenist which is a compound that studies suggest may improve visual acuity in patients with retinal degeneration.

  • Fresh or dried Crackerjack Marigold flowers can be used internally for indigestion, colic, severe constipation, coughs and dysentery, and topically for sores, ulcers, eczema. sore eyes and rheumatism.  They can be made into a strong infusion to treat colds, mumps and as protection for the eyes from the ravages of sun and aging.
  • Fresh Crackerjack Marigold leaves are used  topically as a paste to treat boils, carbuncles and earaches.
  • Crackerjack Marigold roots are used as a laxative.

 

As a Flower Essence:

Crackerjack Marigold Flower Essence enhances right brain function and strengthens ones intuition.  It improves communication in relationships by lessening the need for concrete proof in what one is hearing thereby improving listening abilities.  Marigold supports growth, change and protects from viruses in our energy field.  Marigold can increase the understanding of academic material.


  • Natural Insecticide

Crackerjack Marigold’s make a wonderful garden companion flower for their insecticidal properties to reduce infestations of bugs that are not beneficial to garden plants.  This is a combination of scent and secretion that stays in the soil for a few months after they are no longer in the bed.

 

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


 

Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

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Species: Malvaceae (Mallow) Family

Language of Flowers Meaning:  Ambition

The beautiful flowers of the Hollyhock can be used to make cold infusions,  tea and substituted for Wild Marsh Mallow.  The fibrous stalks can be used in paper making, the roots in medicinal’s and the leaves and flowers for eating in your summer salads or in an infusion for hair and skin!

A completely easy to grow flower that offers more than height and beauty! A perennial that grows well in hard soils and is drought resistant!

Flowers

The beautiful flowers can be eaten fresh or dried for later use. They make a wonderful water infusion for bathing, drinking and soap making.  They are demulcent, diuretic and emollient.

When making a medicinal infusion it is best to use cold water and not hot.  Heat will cut the effectiveness of the infusion. Rest unblemished flowers in cool water overnight (approx. 8 hours), strain and enjoy.  This infusion is great for soothing your gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary tracts, it induces urination, soothes ulcers and relieves a sore throat and dry cough. It can be used as an emollient for skin and hair.

Leaves

The leaves can also be eaten fresh, raw or steamed.  However this is a plant you may wish to eat leaves from when first emerging due to the fibrous material, or try chopping small into salads.  The leaves can also be heated to use as a poultice for splinters, inflammation or chapped skin.

Roots 

The roots are astringent and demulcent and contain a beneficial starch.  When crushed the roots can be applied as a poultice to ulcers. Taken internally, it can be used for dysentery.

Seeds

The seeds are used as a demulcent, diuretic and febrifuge.

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.