The marigold is a bright, cheery flower that’s been used for centuries for its healing benefits. Marigolds are associated with the Sun, symbolising love, abundance, warmth, and joy (all the things we need during the colder months of the year, when the flowers typically flourish!)

They’re often used in love and protection spells, or in workings geared towards happiness, good fortune, and positivity. Marigolds are considered sacred flowers in many South Asian cultures and are often used in religious ceremonies and rituals. In Hinduism, for example, marigolds are used as offerings to deities and placed on home altars and temples. They are also used during festivals and celebrations, such as Diwali and Durga Puja.

One of the most well-known magical properties of the marigold is its ability to repel negative energies and evil spirits. Marigolds are often planted around homes and gardens to ward off unwanted forces. You can tap into its protective energy by using it in spells and charms to create a barrier of positive energy around you or your home.

In addition to their magical properties, marigolds are also valued for their healing benefits. They belong to the calendula family, and the petals have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Marigold salves, teas, and tinctures can be used to alleviate inflammation, soothe skin irritations, or boost the immune system. Green witches incorporate marigolds into their healing rituals and spells, to promote physical and emotional well-being.

One simple way to work with marigold is by creating a protective sachet or charm. To make a marigold protection sachet, gather dried marigold petals (or pick fresh petals, and dry them yourself), a small pouch or sachet, and any other protective herbs or crystals that resonate with you. Place the marigold petals inside the pouch along with the other protective items, then carry it with you or place it in a sacred space to create a positive barrier around yourself.

It’s a true all-rounder, and one happy, healthy little plant!