The Marigold is a desirable flower year round; however, the demand is much higher in the fall. The popularity increases because of Halloween and Day of the Dead ceremonies. Their yellow and orange colors mixed with a distinctive smell make them an admired fall flower. A year round positive of marigolds is their pest control properties. The pungent odor keeps small insects away, in fact many people plant marigolds in their gardens. Also known as Calendula’s, these flowers grow anywhere from 6 to 48 inches tall. Their blossoms expand anywhere between 6 to 36 inches in diameter. Native to South America, Mexico and parts of the southwestern United States.
One of the most popular ways to use Marigolds is as an aid to irritated skin. They help reduce itchiness, redness, swelling and dryness. Insect bites and stings are often treated with a marigold potion. In many cases this flower has been known to treat inflammation, as well. The sap located in the stem of the flower helps with warts, athletes foot and other foot fungi. Finally, these flowers are rich in Lutein; a treatment for macular degeneration. This is a condition where the central part of the retina starts to deteriorate. Once that happens, blurry vision and loss of vision are imminent.
Marigolds are the official flower of Day of the Dead ceremonies and are also a very popular flower for Halloween celebrations. The indigenous Mexican people believe the flower has protective properties, which is why they are often gifted to those who are sick or going to battle. Funerals and weddings similarly use the flowers for protection and guidance. During day of the dead festivities, many believe that marigolds can guide the souls of the dead to the light.
Many people eat marigold flowers inside different salads as well as use them for decoration on special desserts. The bright orange and yellow colors of the petals are great for making food coloring. Try them in your next stir fry to add an unexpected zip. Another popular use for marigold flower petals is tea. Boil a cup of water for every 2 teaspoons of flower petals. Although many say the tea is bland, you might find that you like it!
Wholesale Flowers and Supplies is happy to announce that we now have marigolds for sale. These flowers will be available throughout the fall season and we look forward to seeing the creations our customers come up with. Stop by our store today and start practicing for your day of the dead party.