The Romans noticed the similarity of calendula with a calendar: the plant opens its petals at sunrise, and after sunset it closes them, thus informing about the beginning of the day and night. Therefore, the plant was named "calendae" - "the first day of the month."
In Russia, the Latin name of the plant did not take root. They began to call it marigolds, tk. the seeds of this plant look like a cat's claw.
Our ancestors deservedly appreciated this plant: their homes were decorated with garlands of calendula to protect against infectious diseases; believed that these flowers have a beneficial effect on the heart - they soothe it. In addition, the garlands of calendula on the door frames are protection from evil spells.
In ancient India, calendula is a revered flower: statues of saints were decorated with garlands of these flowers.
The Portuguese and the Spaniards call calendula a miracle, a miracle, a miracle flower.
In Southern Europe, calendula is a flower of love used to decorate wedding bouquets.
In India, calendula is the flower of Krishna; symbol of happiness, good luck.
In China, calendula is a symbol of longevity, 10, 000 years.
In the West, calendula is a symbol of the purity, perfection of the Virgin Mary. In England, the flower is named after her - mariqold - Mary's Gold.
Calendula is the favorite flower of the Queen of France, Navarre Marguerite of Valois. This flower was sung by the queen in her short stories, and the royal chambers were decorated with bouquets of calendula. The love of the French queen for this plant is still reminiscent of the statue of Marguerite of Valois - in the hands of the queen calendula. The statue is located in Paris, in the Luxembourg Gardens.
The southern Slavs had a belief: if a girl digs up the ground where the lover's footprint is preserved, places it in a pot, plant calendula, the feelings of those who love will not fade away. And the young men wore a scarf in which they wrapped a calendula flower to attract the love of the girls.
Calendula is a symbol of love and fidelity, an assistant in strengthening marital relations. If the faithful looks to the side, sow marigolds around his footprints on the ground, and he will forget about his hobby. You can also sew the dried orange petals of the plant into satin bags (blue and pink); knit the bags with red silk thread and put under the mattress.
Tea with a pinch of dried calendula petals promotes peace and love in the family.
In the 16th century, women cheered themselves up by eating a little marigold jam on an empty stomach.
Marigolds scattered under the bed - protection of sleep, the opportunity to see a prophetic dream. The scent of marigold purifies the air, destroys bacteria, and improves mood.
In the old days, healers suggested that the sick to heal from any ailments simply look at the calendula, admire the yellow flowers of this plant. Perhaps there is something in this "look": the yellow color charges with energy and optimism.
Calendula is the enemy of the Colorado potato beetle, if you sow your site along the perimeter and diagonals with marigolds. And although skeptics claim that the Colorado potato beetle is calm about the smell of this plant, they also note a decrease in the Colorado potato beetle.