Marigolds, otherwise known as Calendula represent the autumn months in their gorgeous oranges and yellows that are typical colors for the autumn months. These beautiful flowers grown easily, have a variety of uses and are often used for companion planting.
The Meaning, Significance And Symbolism Of Marigolds
For a flower that has so many uses it seems strange that it would be a symbol of grief and cruelty. It is said that the name Mary’s Gold comes from the marigold flower garlands that were placed at the base of statues of Mary. As a symbol of grief these flowers are used in Mexico as a flower of the dead. It is still used in the Day of the Dead ceremonies today. The Marigold is also a symbol of passion and creativity with its bright and intense colors of yellow and orange and those who have October birthdays are said to be as warm as the colors of the Marigold. Another belief is that if Marigolds do not open early in the morning then it is a sign that rain is coming.
The Uses Of The Marigold
In Mexico the Marigold has been used as chicken feed and is believed to improve the yolk color in their eggs as well as making the chicken more appealing to eat. The Marigolds are also used extensively for its medicinal purposes and is a common ingredient in ointments to treat acne, rashes, and sunburn, eczema and skin irritations. This plant is also known to be a remedy for stomach aches, toothaches and headaches while it can also be used for bee stings, sprains and menstrual cramps. Infections can also be prevented thanks to the antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that are present in the orange marigolds.
In ancient times Romans used marigolds as a treatment for scorpion bites. Marigolds can be eaten and are often used in salads and soups while brewing them in water as a tea has been known to help heal gastric ulcers, sore throats and oral disorders. Marigolds are also often used for companion planting since their odor has a tendency to ward off certain insects from eating specific vegetables when planted nearby. Whether you use the marigold for a display of color in your garden or for medicinal purposes, the marigold is a good flower to have in your garden. The symbolism need not affect the way you feel about the Marigold since the good properties of this October birth flower far outweigh the bad and they do make a lasting impression.