The marigold with its sunny yellowy-orange flowers is a veritable asset to every garden. As a medicinal plant marigold, otherwise known by its Latin name of calendula officinalis, is predominantly used to treat skin disorders or for wound care. The marigold is a typical representative of the composite family (Asteraceae). Hence it is closely related to other important herbs such as dandelion or chamomile. It is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean area or in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa.
In the monastic medicine of the Middle Ages ointments made of marigold flowers and lard were considered the most important anti-inflammatory remedy. Today calendula officinalis is one of the few recognized medicinal plants to be intensively used in both orthodox and naturopathic healing methods. The dried flower heads or ray florets contain flavonoids, saponins and an essential oil. These active ingredients have an anti-inflammatory and wound-healing effect and can even form new skin cells. The flower is also used as a home remedy for treating rough, chapped skin and (sun-) burns.