CALENDULA, MARIGOLD (Calendula off
Common names: Pot Marigold,
Mary Gowles, Golds.
Calendula has a noteworthy place among our native herbs. It belongs to
the plants which are beneficial in cancer and cancerlike growths.
It is found in
many gardens in the country, sometimes growing wild on wastelands. Since its
healing powers have become recognized again and are in demand, it is now met not
only in gardens, but also in fields.
Calendula reaches a height of 30 to 40 cm.
Its flower heads are bright yellow to orange. Stems and leaves are fleshy and
sticky to the touch. There are several varieties with full flower heads, with
dark or light stamens. The medicinal value is the same.
Should its flower heads
be closed after 7 o'clock in the morning, it will rain the same day. It was
considered a rain indicator in earlier times.
In folk medicine the plant's
flowers, stems and leaves are gathered and used. Gathering should occur in
bright sunshine, when its healing powers are at their best. It can be picked
fresh in the garden well into late autumn, if free from mildew.
strongly resembles our Arnica but is superior in its healing power. Arnica
should only be used under medical supervision, since the tea could do more harm
than good to people with heart trouble. On the other hand, Calendula tea can be
drunk without worry. As a blood cleanser, it is a great helper in infectious
hepatitis. 1 to 2 cups a day work wonders.
Calendula cleanses, stimulates
circulation and improves the healing of wounds.
A man accidentally put his hand
in a circular saw. He had great pain in the wounds, after release from the
hospital. I heard about it and told him to use Calendula ointment. He was
enthusiastic about the results and told me that the pain, which had cost him
many sleepless nights, had disappeared after a short time. His wife now plants
Calendula in the garden every year.
On a visit, the lady of the house showed me
her legs covered with varicose veins. I fetched Calendula from her garden and
prepared the ointment. The residue I put immediately on her legs (the residues
can be used 4 to 5 times). She spread the ointment, the thickness of the back of
a knife, on a piece of linen and bandaged her legs with it. You will be
surprised, when I tell you that, 4 weeks later, when she visited me at home, the
varicose veins had disappeared. Both legs had nice smooth skin.
A nun told me
that she saw a woman in the street with especially bad varicose veins and
advised her to use Calendula ointment. Great was her surprise when, after a
month, the same woman joyfully showed her legs, smooth and free of varicose
veins. The ointment brings swift relief in phlebitis, varicose ulcers, fistulas,
frost bites and burns.
Use the ointment and also the residue of ointment
preparations for ulcers on the breast, even if they are malignant. An
acquaintance of mine had to have her breast removed. While she was in hospital,
I prepared Calendula ointment. Later she used it on her huge wound from
the operation, whereby the great tension of the wound was quickly eliminated. In
a check-up her scars from the operation, compared to the scars of other
patients, showed such a beautiful heal that she needed only part of the prescribed
The Calendula ointment is also excellent for Athlete's foot.
Many letters I have received bear this out, especially in cases where all
other remedies were of no avail.
A decoction of the fresh herb can also be used
Should fungus infestation start around the area of the genitals,
bathe the affected area or use sitz baths. Take 50 gm. dried or 2 heaped
double handfuls of fresh Calendula per sitz bath.
A woman from Stuttgart wrote that
her husband had suffered from Athlete's foot and what had they not tried ...
baths, ointments, powders, none showed results. Then he tried Calendula ointment.
After 8 days the open parts had healed and stayed that way.
Besides the ointment,
a Calendula tincture (see "directions") should be prepared. This tincture
diluted with boiled water is especially suited as a compress for wounds,
contusions, bruises and sprains, even for festering or cancer-like sores, bedsores,
ulcers and swellings. Not only does the Abbe Kneipp believe in Calendula as a
natural remedy for malignant growth, but also well known physicians like Dr. Stager,
Dr. Bohn, Dr. Halenser and others. Dr. Bohn names the Calendula as the
most important remedy in cancer illnesses if it is too late for an operation
and recommends the daily drinking of Calendula tea for a prolonged period.
The freshly pressed juice of Calendula can be used successfully even in cancer
of the skin. Strawberry marks, covered with the fresh juice several times a day
for a prolonged period, can be made to disappear; the same goes for pigment
spots and brown spots on elderly people, also rough, cancerlike skin patches.
In recent times the American physician and scientist Dr. Dewey points out
the unique healing quality of Calendula in cancer; he was able to note good
success with Calendula.
Internally, Calendula as a tea, is used for
gastro-intestinal disorders, stomach cramps and stomach ulcers, as well as inflammation of
the large intestine, dropsy and blood in the urine. It is excellent for
virus infections and bacteria in the urine.
What wonderful results the use of the
tea of fresh Calendula has is noted in a letter a physician sent to me: "A
small 2 1/2 year old girl became very sick after repeated polio inoculations. She
had chronic diarrhorea, loss of weight, visual weakness and difficulties with
food. In a clinical checkup, paratyphoid fever was diagnosed and the child
was therefore under clinical supervision. One week after drinking tea, made of
fresh Calendula flowers and some homoeopathic medicines, the child was
substantially better. The examination for typhoid bacillus, carried out three times
shortly afterwards, was negative for the first time."
Since Calendula is also
beneficial for infectious hepatitis, it is an excellent remedy in disorders of the
liver. Flowers, leaves and stems are brewed with boiling water. The tea should not
For the above mentioned disorders drink 3 to 4 cups a day, about
a tablespoonful every quarter of an hour. A tea made from 1 tablespoon of
flowers to 1/4 litre of water will expel worms.
The juice of the fresh stem gets rid of
warts and scabies, the boiled infusion heals herpes and glandular swellings, if
the affected parts are bathed in it. The tea, drunk regularly purifies the
The eyes, bathed with an eye bath of the lukewarm tea, are strengthened.
cancerlike ulcers and growths, cracked feet, ulcerated legs, thigh ulcers and
also malignant, suppurating, non-healing wounds are helped by washing with an
infusion of equal parts of Calendula and Horsetail. Use a heaped tablespoon of
this blend to 1/2 litre of water.
To stress the unique effect of Calendula tea I
would like to cite a few more successes.
A nurse who suffered from inflammation
of the large intestine for eight years, had an appointment with a specialist.
She was advised to take the Calendula tea as per my book. For 4 days she sipped
2 cups of Calendula tea during the day. She could hardly believe it when after
this short use of Calendula all the complaints were gone.
A nun told me she
suffered from diarrhoea. Although she drank Camomile tea, it did not get better.
Only after she had used Calendula tea was there an improvement.
A nun in Bavaria
suffered from Athlete's foot for 15 years and also repeatedly from phlebitis.
Through the application of Calendula ointment she experienced finally a healing
of her feet. Scabs in the nose can be easily remedied with Calendula ointment.
Note: Should there be an aversion to lard, good vegetable fat may be used. A bit
of cooking oil is added to the still warm mass, to make the ointment smoother.
heaped teaspoon of herbs to 1/4 litre of
Sitz bath: Two heaped double handfuls of fresh or
100 gm. of dried herbs for one sitz bath (see General Information "sitz bath").
Washings: 1 heaped tablespoon of herbs to 1/2 litre of
Tincture: 1 handful of flowers are macerated
in 1 litre of alcohol. Keep in the sun or at about 20° C. (68° F.) for 14
Ointment: 2 heaped double handfuls of
Calendula (leaves, stems, flowers) are finely chopped. 500 gm. of lard are heated and
the chopped Calendula is added, stirred, the pan removed from the stove, covered
and left to stand for a day. The next day it is warmed, filtered through a piece
of linen and poured into previously prepared clean jars.
juice: Leaves, stems and flowers are washed and, still wet, put into
the juice extractor.
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