Uses Of Marigold Extract
There are many more uses of marigold extract than most realize. In fact we mostly think of marigolds as simply being an attractive little garden flower. Not everyone is aware of the fact that it is an edible flower, not to mention the fact that even fewer are aware of the many uses of the extract.
An All Purpose Extract - For starters, the marigold is not only a pleasant addition to a salad, but the petals, and the marigold extract which is produced from the petals, is good for the digestive system, it is a diuretic, can act as a sedative, and has a number of other medicinal properties. Marigold extract is uses to treat eczema, rheumatism, ulcers, indigestion, constipation, and is claimed to be especially good in treating eye disorders. It is also use as a food coloring, especially when one wants orange food; it is used in some dyes, and also finds use in producing various fragrances.
Marigold extract, sometimes going under the name of calendula extract, has proven useful in cosmetics, and if used as a fragrance does not have any tendency to irritate or sensitize the skin. If anything, the extract appears to be an excellent compound for treating various types of dermatitis.
Wonder Drug? - If all of the claims or potential uses for marigold extract were true, and at least some of them appear to be, the extract comes very close to being a wonder drug. It is seemingly "anti" almost everything: anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti- fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and the list is even longer. It would seem that nothing that is bad for us could withstand an onslaught of marigold petals or marigold extract. Whether you have suffered a snake bite, a bee sting, have a sore throat, suffer from hemorrhoids, menstrual cramps, or ringworm, a handy bottle or pill of marigold extract would seem to be just what the doctor ordered.
There Have Been Numerous Studies - The list is so long in fact, that one could easily be tempted into believing that a significant portion of it is made up, and if marigold extract is all it's cracked up to be, why don't we hear more about it? There have be a number of clinical studies, in a number of countries, looking into a number of the benefits the extract seemingly provides, and the results of many of these studies are for the most part quite positive. Some studies have been performed using laboratory animals, but other studies have involved groups of people and blind tests.
An Unregulated Substance – Add the fact the medical history of the marigold or calendula goes a long ways back in time, and some of what is claimed becomes a little more believable. If there is a problem, it is most likely the fact the marigold is an herb, and while it is an edible and actually a very nutritious herb, it is still an herb, and herbal supplements are in general not highly regulated. In addition, herbs will sometimes interact unfavorably or unpredictably with other herbs. Some people may be allergic to the marigold, and others may have a medical condition which would make using the extract inadvisable, if not dangerous.
Talk To Your Doctor - If you are going to use marigold extract to treat a specific condition, or simply to maintain good health, it is always a good idea to consult with your doctor, not only to determine whether it is indeed safe, but also your doctor needs to know what you are taking. Doctors usually maintain a record of the prescribed medicines a patient is taking, or has taken, but more often than not has little knowledge of the herbal supplements the patient may be swallowing on a daily basis.
The message is, if you're looking into marigold extract as something to provide some benefit or benefits, it's never a bad idea to check things out with your doctor first.