Health benefits of marigold flowers

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 01, 2015

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Marigold flowers have been used popularly in Indian culture. But, little has been known about its benefits for health.
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    The Merry-healthy-gold

    You may have known marigold plant for its bright-coloured flowers. But, there is more to it than just its beauty. For instance, it can be used for its many health benefits. Here are some health benefits of this beautiful flower that you should know about.

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    Heals Wounds

    Marigold is considered very effective for quickly healing wounds. Marigold flower extracts provide quick relief from minor burns, scrapes and irritated skin. According to a recent research from Brazil, marigold flower has the ability to promote growth of new skin tissue and new blood vessels that feed the skin which in-turn helps speed up natural wound healing mechanism.

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    Cancer Prevention

    According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, marigold contains antioxidants that have the ability to assist the fight against cancer and even delay or prevent cancer. Researchers have examined effects of lutein, an antioxidant in marigold flowers, on breast cancer tumours. The findings concluded that lutein not only reduced breast tumours but also prevented development of new cancer cells.

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    Treats Ulcers

    Drinking marigold extracts with clean drinkable water is known to be quite effective in treating painful mouth and stomach ulcers. Marigold extract tends to stimulate lymphatic system which is why it can minimize swelling and cleanse toxins which may be contributing to ulcers.

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    Prevents Diseases

    Marigold flower also contains high content of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. Marigold flowers thereby can be helpful in delaying or preventing cardiovascular diseases, cancer and strokes.

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    Since marigold flowers have anti-inflammatory properties, they can provide relief from joint pain and arthritis. It is a common practice to use marigold extracts or oil for treating arthritis.

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    Vaginal Infections

    The petals of marigold flowers can be used to prepare curing baths by boiling them for some time before adding them to warm water for bath. Adding them to the bath tub can heal vaginal infections, bladder infections and haemorrhoids.

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    Treats Oily Skin

    Another amazing benefit of marigold flower is that it is effective in treating oily skin. Soak fresh flowers in warm water and then apply them to the skin at least once a day. Leave it on for 10- 15 minutes before washing it off with water. (Image Source: Getty)

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