Is Maximilian to Blame?
So these are “French” Marigolds. They are native to Central Mexico.
The petals of marigolds which have not been sprayed with pesticide are safe to eat. In fact, marigolds have long been used in garden borders to dissuade various critters. They have anti-fungal and anti-microbial compounds which work both in the soil and when used bodily both internally and externally. The petals can be tossed into salads or can be used for tea. The petals are sometimes mixed into the diet of chickens to make their yolks more yellow. I wish I could find more information about how these are specifically different from calendula and other varieties of Tagetes. I have some great herbal healing resources but cannot seem to find the information.
I am advised by various sources that French marigolds, Tagetes patula, are not to be confused with pot marigolds, Calendula officinalis. Calendula has many healthful benefits. It has long been used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and “woman’s” herb. One of my very favorite books in my library, The Energetics of Western Herbs by Peter Holmes, goes into great detail on Calendula. Peter Holmes mentions exercising caution when applying to wounds that can be possibly dirty because Calendula will promote rapid healing (which is one of the reasons it can be used as an aid for scarring). Calendula can be an excellent remedy for eczema, acne, boils, ringworm, and cold sores.
Holmes also cautions that it is a uterine stimulant, so it should be avoided internally during pregnancy. Otherwise it is an excellent herb for women helping with stagnation and healing of our reproductive system of cysts, tumors and cancer. It also assists in balancing hormones helping to regulate both menstruation and menopause. It assists with candida infections and promotes labor and better delivery.
Holmes further explains how Calendula can tone the heart, revitalize and decongest the blood, promote sweating and circulation, and can assist with cold, flu, fever and internal bleeding such as with ulcers and hemorrhoids.
Of course, one should always consult their health professional before beginning any new health protocol.