Thursday, May 9, 2019

Herbarium: Magical and Medicinal Uses of Marigold

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Marigold. Includes FREE BOS page!

Gender: Masculine
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Powers: Death, Prophetic Dreams, Protection, Psychic Powers, Rebirth
Magical Uses and History: For the sake of this article, I will be talking about traditional marigolds, not to be confused with Calendula, although many use the terms interchangeably. They do, however, have very similar uses. 

Marigolds under the genus name Tagetes are named after an Etruscan prophet by the name of Tages who taught others divination, a fitting name as marigolds are thought to stimulate prophetic dreaming if placed under one's pillow. The common name, however, comes from Mary's Gold, a name originally applied to calendula because of the vibrant yellow and orange flower petals, which stems from the Virgin Mary then, after the Reformation, England's Queen Mary. As such, marigolds are strongly associated with the Sun and can, therefore, be used in magic relating to passion, warmth, and creativity.

The Aztecs regarded marigolds as a sacred flower, breeding them to create larger more vibrant blooms. They were used during rituals and other important ceremonies as a guide for the spirits to altars. In the early 1500s, they were transported to the Old World where they quickly spread and became part of many traditions including the Victorian floral language in which they mean "pain and grief" or as a way to comfort one who is grieving. Today, marigolds are part of Dia de Los Muertos activities, aiding in spirits finding their way home.

Garlands of marigolds can be strung together and hung above doorways to stop the evil eye from entering the house, while scattered under a bed will protect the sleeper. Placed in a sachet, they can bring happiness or protection, while carrying the flowers in your pocket is said to bring justice.

Marigolds can be used in a number of spells including:
     Prophetic Dreaming
     Protection Magic
     Rebirth/Ressurection Magic
     Offerings to attract spirits

Medicinal Uses: Marigolds have a variety of medicinal uses similar to that of calendula. They can be used to treat digestive disorders including stomach pain, gas, and worms. It can also be used to treat colds and coughs and ease the symptoms of menstruation. Furthermore, it can be used as a mosquito repellent and to treat bug bites as it contains ingredients that decrease inflammation. In essence, marigold behaves very similarly to calendula.

Preparation and Dosage: To make an infusion, combine 1-2 teaspoons of dried flowers with one cup boiling water. Allow to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink up to three times a day. As a tincture, take 1-4 milliliters up to three times a day. To make a compress, combine 1 pint boiling water with 2 tablespoons dried flowers or 3 fresh flowers letting it stand until cool. Soak the compress in the solution and place on the infected area. Apply at least twice a day. Please be aware of which type of marigold you are using and prepare it accordingly. Marsh Marigold, for example, is toxic and should not be used for medicinal purposes.

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you...I was curious of the spiritual meaning. I have a plant at my entrance, started breaking of one to smell and carry on me...just wanted to know why I'm dong that.


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