This month is all about the sun, and what better way to celebrate the sun than focussing on the amazing Marigold. It even has Gold in it’s name! Marigold is great externally for ulcers, abscesses, burns and cuts. It’s commonly used as a cream to help with dry skin. It’s also anti-fungal which makes it useful where skin problems are caused by fungus such as athletes foot. However, athletes foot will respond better to a sprinkling of the powder rather than the cream simply because athletes foot thrives in wet environments and the powder will help dry it out.

Although it looks like the sun it’s actually anti-inflammatory. This is wonderfully useful especially when trying to bring down inflammation internally. When I’m doing this for patients I like to work with teas. I often use it for the inflammation that can occur with endometriosis, thrush and painful periods.

Here are some lovely preparations to try with Marigold


Marigold Oil

  1. Simply fill a jar with marigolds and cover with an oil such as; sunflower oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil.
  2. Leave in a warm sunny location for a month before straining.
  3. Once strained through muslin you have your final product.
  4. This will keep for probably 6 months and up to a year. The less it is opened to air, touched and left in sunlight the better.

Marigold Balm

  • 10g beeswax
  • 100ml marigold infused oil
  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil then leave simmering
  2. Place oil and beeswax in a bowl above the water till melted
  3. Add essential oils to the jar which will be poured into
  4. Pour melted mix into jar as swiftly as you can to prevent loss through solidifying

By Natasha Richardson

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