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?
Did you know that lavender is edible? Many things can be made from it. Here is a rub that gives grilled chicken a boost. You will need:
1 T. dried lavender buds or chopped fresh ones
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dried or chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Mix ingredients together. Rub onto chicken before grilling.
Did you know red roses were once considered a valid treatment for rabies? Rose oil is an astringent and antiseptic. It will stop bleeding quickly, prevent infection, and help in healing. It can be used on minor cuts and scrapes. Fair-skinned women, of long ago, collected dew from morning rose petals and used it as a face wash to erase freckles. Sounds silly, but roses are good for the skin. It decreases redness and broken capillaries, repairs sun damage, and improves texture and tone.
Roses were also used for rheumatism. The treatment was to inhale the smoke of burning roses. Rose essential oil can ease asthma and lung congestion. How? Add a few drops to a bowl of hot water and put a towel over the person’s head and have them inhale the steam.
Roses were also a common ingredient in love potions and other magical brews. Any wonder why the wild rose is also called a witch’s briar? Aroma therapists prize the rose for its sedative properties. Rub a drop of the diluted oil on your temples. Anxiety and tension headaches will ease.
Rose water relieves the itch and pain of insect bites. Fresh rose petals make a tasty and healthful tea, but can also relieve a sore throat. Hooray for the mighty rose!
If you have roses in your yard and you want to keep their scent longer, then try making your own rose water. You can use the rose water mixed with glycerin for a simple lotion or you can use the rose water to fresh your bath or use it as a perfume.
Roses are best picked during morning hours, after the dew has dried off and before the sun has zapped all the oils from the flowers. Place the petals in a jar or crock and cover with distilled water. Use plenty of rose petals to fill the jar. Make sure the petals are covered completely with the water or they might mildew. Cover the jar and place it in a sunny window or outside in the sun. The water heats. The color and the essential oils are extracted into the water. It usually takes only one day to have floral water. To prolong the scent of the rose water and to kill any bacteria that might form, add some vodka. (1/2 cup vodka to 1 gallon of distilled water).
Incense is one of the simplest things to make. All you need is a small paintbrush or Q-tip, essential oil, and a plain punk ( the kind used during Independence Day to keep lit for the fireworks).
You can also buy plain punks through one of my favorite suppliers, Lavender Lane Forever online.
Lay down newspapers on a table because of the drips. Have a jar or container ready to put your incense in to dry for about a week. Do not enclose in a box while wet as it will mold.
Dip your brush or Q-tip into the essential oil and paint your punk. Make sure that you coat it completely around the stick. Pick up your punk by the end of the stick and place in your jar to dry. I advise only using one scent for a day, otherwise your senses will revolt.