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Can You Eat Marigolds?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • There are two types of marigolds, both of which have edible species; however, it is the calendula genus, available in a number of edible varieties that has many medicinal qualities
  • Calendula officinalis are easily grown at home in your garden or containers; they are useful in protecting your plants from insects, pests and deer, and add a beautiful pop of color to a vegetable garden
  • Calendula products are useful in the treatment of wounds and burns and in improving oral health, and have hypoglycemic and antihypertensive properties
  • Consider making your own tea, oil and salve at home using flowers you know were grown using organic methods without pesticides and insecticides, to easily enjoy its antiaging properties

Marigolds provide a pop of color to any garden or vegetable plot. They range from creamy pale yellow to bright yellow, orange or variegated reds and orange. When planted with your vegetables, they help protect against certain pests and attract valuable insects, including bees necessary for pollination.

Marigolds help protect your tomatoes against nematodes, slugs and hornworms, are low maintenance and add color and beauty. They may also help protect your vegetables and garden area against mosquitoes and aphids.

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