Old Advice

I came across this 1880’s statement and thought it a perfect description.

‘Don’t forget that most evil passions are traceable to two roots: anger and worry. These are the thieves that steal precious time and energy from your life. Anger is the highway robber and worry is a sneak thief.’

The Marvels of Marigolds

In ancient times, Marigolds were used to flavor and color foods. They were added to salads and used as a garnish in soups. Some people believed Marigolds could wipe evil thoughts from one’s head. While others believed that by looking at the herb, their eyesight was improved and their disposition became cheery. In medical journals of old, the Marigold was used to combat plague. During the Civil War, Marigold leaves and its juice treated open wounds and stopped the bleeding in large cuts. In WWII, the flowers promoted sweating to treat bronchial problems. This herb was considered to be a good luck charm at wedding feasts because its bright yellow flowers were thought to reflect the goodness of the sun.

Here is an old love potion: Mix together thyme, Marigolds, honey, vinegar, and wormwood. Anoint the breasts, hips, and stomach with the salve and lie on a bed.  Repeat the words:

  • Be kind to me. In dreams, let my true love see.

Do you have rough skin? Add 2-3 T. Marigold petals to 100 ml of boiling water. Whisk it into some unscented moisturizing cream. Apply the cream to your skin.

Here is a custard recipe using Marigolds. You will need these ingredients:

  • 3 T. Marigold petals
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 450 ml milk

Grind the petals in a mortar. Blend the other ingredients together. Add the ground petals. Preheat oven to 285 degrees F. Pour concoction into small individual ramekin dishes. Stand the dishes in a shallow tray of water and bake for half an hour until the custard sets.

Marigolds were highly prized in ancient times. They are beautiful in flower gardens now. Why not try something different with them?