Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Other names: bilek Berlin, ognjac, zimorod, žutelj.

Description of the plant: marigold is a hardy, upright plant with a branched out stem the height of up to 60 cm. The leaves are sedentary, long and opposite to one another. The whole stalk is imbued with tomentose hair. Flower heads are yellow, dark yellow or orange colored

Flowering time: from June to September.

Habitat: planted in gardens.

The medicinal part of the plant: during flowering we collect leaves and flower heads while still not fully blossomed. Leaves and flowers have unpleasant odors.

Pharmaceutical action: marigold is used to treat constipation, jaundice, diseases of the stomach and intestines, especially ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It has been successfully used in the treatment of wounds, swollen glands, scabs, rashes and gout.