Our city streets are paved with (mari)gold:) There must be an army of flower vendors out in full force selling their wares in every imaginable colour but the golds rule. It’s enough to distract any shopper as unsuspecting old me keeps finding out! A trip to the nearest market to replenish the fridge and the sturdy kitchen baskets that’s been home sweet home to potatoes and onions for donkey’s years and I find myself standing beside these profusion of buds and blooms. Well, the mundane is brushed aside at the sight of the profusion of blooms……..
It isn’t just the marigolds. There are mums, calendulas, bachelor buttons, zinnias: the list goes on and on. I was never a big fan of marigolds. One reason could be of seeing them in every garden ever since I was a child. And the smell! It was easy to grow from seeds and it loved the sun–there was never any dearth of the latter. It really didn’t take much to grow these plants. Unlike hydrangeas which needed shady areas. Not every gardener in my region was that passionate! But blogging and sharing change perceptions. Checking out on the uses of these blooms, I was surprised to find out their many uses.
Here are some of them:-
1. Burning the leaves acts as a repellent for insects.
2.Rubbing a marigold flower brings relief to pain caused by a bee/wasp sting.
3. A lotion prepared from the flowers can be used to treat wounds and sprain.
4.Marigold tea made by steeping dried and crushed flowers can be used for treating cramps and stomach upsets.
5. Marigold petals mixed with chicken feed enhances the colour of the egg-yolks.
I’d never have guessed that a common flower had so many medicinal uses. And I’m glad that our much-loved short-lived winter has brought so much of vibrancy to the streets, our homes and our gardens.
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Wish you a wonderful weekend!!