Marigold – an ornamental plant with medicinal application 

Chemia Naissensis Volume 6, No.1 (2023) (стр. 82-92) 

АУТОР(И) / AUTHOR(S): Milena Nikolić, Dragana Marković Nikolić, Aleksandar Zdravković, Aleksandra Pavlović


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DOI: 10.46793/ChemN6.1.82N


Marigold (Calendula officinalis L.) is a widespread ornamental and medicinal plant with a long history of use in traditional medicine. Calendula officinalis contains many secondary metabolites that benefit human health and relieve skin ulcers and wound pain. Its essential oil is rich in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. Specific amounts of geraniol, limonene, thujene, and pinene in essential oil made it desirable in the cosmetics and perfume industries. Ethanolic extracts of Calendula officinalis contain flavonoids – substances with potent antioxidant properties. Due to carotenoids in flowers, Calendula officinalis extracts can be used as natural food colourants. The newest studies pointed out the potential of Calendula officinalis extracts as anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antibacterial and antifungal agents.


Calendula officinalis, essential oil, terpenes, carotenoids, cytotoxicity


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