Updated 18 February 2013


If you're looking for a first-aid plant look no further than the humble marigold that can soothe any red and inflamed skin and can even treat athlete's foot and thrush.

  • Soothes sunburn, rashes and grazes
  • Relieves period pain
  • Treats athlete's foot and thrush
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Detoxifying
  • Astringent

Stomach ache:

Make a herbal tea by infusing two teaspoons of marigold in 750ml water. Drink up to five cups a day.

Cold sores:

Apply an astringent and antiseptic essential oil. Crush some marigold flowers and apply the resulting liquid directly onto your cold sore using an earbud to speed up the healing.

Fungal and skin infections:

For an unexpected bout of athlete's foot or any other minor skin infection, the marigold herb will bring relief if used externally.

Interesting facts:

Marigold can soothe any red and inflamed skin, such as nappy rash, acne and sore nipples.


Do not mistake this species (calendula officinalis) with the french marigold, Tagetes patula.

(Zaakirah Rossier, Health24, updated October 2010)


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