Marigold (Tagetes erecta)

In India, marigold is also referred to as "Tagetes erecta" or "Genda," and it is a decorative plant. This herb originated in Mexico and spread over the world from the continent of Africa. This is a stunning flower that blooms in the winter and is scented and brilliant orange. Marigold is used both internally and externally for its many therapeutic uses. This flowering plant may reach a height of 70 cm and thrive in a moderate environment.


  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Order: Asterales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Genus: Tagetes

Other names of Marigold

  • English name: Aztec marigold, Mexican marigold, African marigold 
  • Hindi name: Genda, Genda phool 
  • Gujarati name: Galaghoto
  • Malayalam name: Chendu malli
  • Telgu name: Banti Puvuu
  • Sanskrit name: Jhandu, Gendaa
  • Nepalese name: Sayapatri
  • Parsi name: Gulhazara
  • Kannada name: Chendu huva, Chenduhoovu,
  • Bengali name: Genda
  • Marathi name: Ghenda

Medicinal Properties of Marigold (as per Ayurveda)



Hindi / Sanskrit


Rasa (Taste)

Kashaya, Tikta 

Astringent, Bitter

Guna (Physical Property)

Laghu, Ruksha 

Lightness, Dryness

Virya (Potency)



Vipaka (Post-Digestive Taste)



Effect on Dosha

It has a heating effect, which helps balance excess Kapha and Vata doshas in Ayurveda.

Chemical Constituents

Lutein esters of monomyristate, dimyristate, and dipalmitate are found in marigold flowers. The essential oil components of limonene, ocimene, linalool, linalyl acetate, tagetone, and n-nonyl aldehyde are present in the entire plant. Its petal has hydroxyflavones and tagetin.

Actions on Marigold Plant

This plant presents a variety of effects on the person listed below:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Antipyretic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Ant parasitic
  • Blood purifier
  • Carminative
  • Calming
  • Decongestant
  • Demulcent
  • Febrifuge
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic
  • Skin toner

Usages of this plant for Medicinal Purposes

This herb's numerous parts, including the flowers, leaves, roots, petals, and seeds, are used medicinally.


  • Skin disorders
  • Earache
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Urinary problems
  • Calculi
  • Toothache
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding in ulcerative colitis
  • Wounds
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Boils
  • Rheumatism
  •  Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Epistaxis
  • Anal prolapse

Different Parts of Marigold are used to treat Various Disorders

  • For Urinary tract infections - Powdered marigold leaves are used to treat conditions like burning sensations and sparse urination. An equal amount of misri is combined with 3 to 6 grams of leaf powder. For best effects, take this combo twice a day.

  • For Urinary Calculi - To get rid of stones, marigold leaves are utilized in a decoction form. Place 20 grams of its leaves in two glasses of water and bring to a boil, leaving ½ glass behind. You will notice changes if you drink this twice a day.

  • For Respiratory disorders, asthma, and cough - For any respiratory issue, you can use powdered marigold seeds. Take 3–4 grams of this powder and mix it with the same quantity of mishri twice a day.

  • For Epistaxis, menorrhagia, bleeding piles & bleeding stools in ulcerative colitis patients - You should take 5–10 milliliters of fresh floral juice extract for each of these issues. Consume this drink on a daily basis, or chew the blossom to stop bleeding if necessary. 

  • For Erectile Dysfunction - Add 3 grams of powdered marigold seeds to the misri. Sip alongside a glass of milk. Twice a day, maximum. 

  • For toothache - A decoction of marigold leaves can be made by combining a small amount of leaves with two glasses of water. Bring to a boil, leaving one glass behind. After straining the mixture, gargle with it twice a day.

  • For Earache - Put two drops of the fresh leaf juice extract in each ear.

  • For Swelling, boils, and bleeding wounds - Make a paste out of the marigold plant and apply it to the region that is affected.

  • For Acne problems - Acne is treated by this herb's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Prepare a paste by boiling marigold flowers in a cup of water until they are reduced by half. After letting it cool, sieve this combination. Use this at night to treat your acne.

  • For insect bites - Using the marigold plant's blossoms, make a paste. Apply it to the bug bite region that is afflicted. Apply this; your skin will feel soothed.

  • Used to treat nasal bleeding - Use the juice of this flower to prevent bleeding issues, which are common among ITP patients. because of its body-cooling and body-calming effects.

Recommended Dosage

  • You can take 10 to 20 ml of the juice once or twice a day.
  • You can use 3 to 6 grams of this plant's powder.


When consumed as directed, this herb has no side effects.

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