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Marigold, Medicinal uses

Marigold flowers contain antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that promote healing. The leaves were used by doctors on the battlefields of the American Civil War to treat open wounds. Make a compress or poultice of the flowers for burns, scalds, or strings. A cold infusion may be used as an eyewash for conjunctivitis, and can be a help in the treatment of thrush. The sap from the stem has a reputation for removing warts, corns and calluses. See 'Marigold'; 'Marigold, Culinary uses'

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