Marigold therapy is a well-known treatment in podiatry, particularly for treating verrucae or other skin lesions. Marigold remedies have been popular with podiatrists since the early 80s, but pot marigolds (calendula) have been recorded as a treatment for skin lesions since the early 1800s.
I have been using marigold therapy to treat verrucae for several years, with great results. The marigold remedy is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, keralytic and analgesic. As well as treating verrucae, it can also be used to treat cracked heels, eczema, bunions, sprained/strained tendons and fungal nails.
Marigold therapy to treat verrucae
To give you an example of how treatment occurs, I apply a dressing to your foot around the verruca – this is packed with a marigold paste and must be kept wet. You keep the dressing on for a week, then I replace it with a fresh dressing after a week. This process will need to be repeated three or four times.
This method of treatment is painless and non-invasive so it’s a healther alternative to burning, scraping or cutting the verruca.
The Tagetes and Calendula marigold species
The Tagetes species of marigold has been found to be strongly keratolytic – meaning it acts to break down the surface of the skin. A kind of exfoliation. Tagetes also has anti-inflammatory properties and it has been used in the treatment of carbuncles, eye infections, joint pain and muscular spasms.
English pot Marigold (Calendula species) has been used to treat cuts, wounds and ulcerations for many years. More recently it has been found to have anti-cancer properties.