The Flower of Abundance

“The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun and with him rises weeping”, wrote Shakespeare. In our region, marigold water is used as a facial wash for Đurđevdan (Saint George’s Day). In the West, it was believed that marigold water rubbed into the eyes could make one see fairies. Since time immemorial, girls used to give this flower to their suitors not to pine after them. If the plant failed to grow in a girl’s garden that would mean that she would pine after someone. Girls thus needed Marigold to show them the way to the right partner. The power of marigold to cure love pains can be traced to Ancient Greek mythology – a young girl falls in love with Apollo, the Sun god, but his rays burn her and what is left behind are only marigold flowers. That is why it has been believed for a long time that marigold has the power to heal the pain of unrequited or lost love.

Long wreaths of yellow marigold flowers can be seen all over the place during Indian holidays and at Indian weddings. Since they were brought there by the Portuguese, people have worn those festive wreaths around the neck and have been decorating their houses to attract prosperity. Early Christians used marigold during celebrations dedicated to the Virgin Mary, hence its English name, marigold – Mary’s gold. Its scientific name, Calendula officinalis, is associated with a heavenly remedy. No wonder, as its healing properties are numerous.

The Aztecs regarded marigold as a sacred plant, and a legend has it that where innocent victims of the Spanish conquest fell marigold grew.  In Mexico it is used on Day of the Dead, 1 November, in order to show the souls of the dead the way to the altar. In olden times in England, marigold had another superstitious use – it was placed under the bed as protection against thieves; if robbery still took place, marigold would give the victims visionary dreams to help them identify the miscreants.

No wonder this plant is woven into the mythology of many a nation: marigold is full of the magic of abundance, from the moment when it flowers in early spring, throughout the summer up to late autumn, remaining yellow and cheerful all this time. It grows in many types of soil, in different climates, it is self-pollinating and does not require much care. This is how it gives us a lesson about both physical and mental vitality and reveals the secret of abundance, as if whispering to us that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we should always flower, turn to the Sun and never give up.

Marigold is a plant with a potentially longest and most diverse application throughout history. The German Commission E (a scientific advisory board of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) has confirmed its medicinal properties used in wound healing and for soothing inflammations. That is only one of many applications of this incredible plant. Let’s see what it can do:

  • the estrogenic effect of marigold helps women balance the menstrual cycle, reduce discharge, candida, protect the uterus, relieve the symptoms of menopause, and soothe breast pain and mastitis in breastfeeding women;
  • it is great in dermatology: it soothes skin inflammations, hives, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoea, herpes, baby rash, ulcers, it moisturises the skin and prevents dandruff, relieves itching from insect bites, prevents infections and pressure sores in bed-ridden patients, protects burnt skin and helps its healing, and is also beneficial for mucous membranes and in gingivitis;
  • it occupies a special place in cosmetics: it prevents and heals acne, tightens, softens and nourishes the skin, both face and body; it rejuvenates, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles, closes enlarged pores, protects from the sun, removes age spots and pigmentation;
  • it is excellent in diets as it helps to flush out excess water from the body, it stimulates the lymphatic system, increases sweating, detoxifies the body and increases metabolism;
  • it has a beneficial effect on the digestive system: it calms the stomach, soothes cramps, gastritis, stomach and duodenum ulcers, cleanses the liver and the gallbladder;
  • it is excellent for blood vessels, it has a soothing effect on varicose veins and bruises, it is good for arteriosclerosis, it reduces cholesterol, improves circulation, calms palpitations and is extremely efficacious against haemorrhoids;
  • cold marigold infusion is used as an eye rinse, against inflammations and conjunctivitis;
  • it strengthens the immunity, it has antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancerous and anti-carcinogenic effect; latest research shows that it is effective in fighting HIV.

It is also used outside herbal medicine: marigold’s natural colour is used as a food additive, which has given it the name of “a pauper’s saffron”. Marigold is edible and is full of vitamins C and A; its petals can be added to salads, or in its dried form it can be used as a spice. Marigold is also known in folklore as a natural barometer: if its flowers are closed in the morning it will definitely rain.

Apart from being very therapeutic, marigold flowers embody the image of abundance with their beauty and scent. Its magic shines like the sun: always and everywhere.

Marigold is the inevitable ingredient of Herba Svet products: in Femisan A it protects women in their reproductive age; in Femisan B it helps to reduce the symptoms of menopause. In Equigal, it is used to help detox the body, to shed extra weight and reduce cellulite, while in Devi skin regeneration balm all its dermatological and cosmetic powers are present.

Hormonal Adult Acne

During the great hormone surge in puberty the entire body goes through a metamorphosis, and the soft baby skin can begin to look like a battlefield, swarming with red and swollen acne.  Acne during puberty occur due to testosterone fluctuations in both sexes, and this hormone has its role: it shapes a man out of a boy, but it also helps girls get stronger bones and muscles. But it is also the one to blame for the skin changes and excess sebum, the oil that normally lubricates the skin, which clumps together with dead skin cells around hair root and clogs the follicle.

Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs in three phases: seborrheic – when the excess sebum is produced, but there are still no extreme changes on the surface of the skin; hyperkeratosis – when enlarged sebum glands create a lump on the skin, due to sebum accumulation in the follicle, which results in pus. As this is the ideal place for bacterial growth, it will lead to a bacterial phase, when Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria causes inflammation. In this phase the acne is very visible, the skin around them being red and inflamed and the peak black or white.

Once the puberty is over and the hormones stop raging, the acne will disappear in most cases. However, unfortunately, during the last couple of decades, adult acne is on the rise, like an epidemic. The latest statistics show that even 50% of women aged 20-29 suffer from acne. Only a half of them will be able to get rid of it, and 25% will continue to battle with the problem until their late forties.

What is the reason for this serious acne epidemic? We know that it is caused by the hormones, and today, more than ever, we are exposed to hormone disruptors which are all around us. They are disguised as time saving amenities that are supposed to increase the quality of our lives: fast food filled with preservatives and trans-fats, sweets that are always at a hand’s reach, sodas, plastic food containers, cups and bottles, non-stick pans, detergents and cosmetics, but also in basic food: fruit and vegetables covered in pesticides, meat and milk filled with antibiotics and hormones… Everything that seemingly saves us time is actually stealing it from us.  

The normal hormonal balance given to us by nature is so easily disrupted by modern inventions. Women are particularly prone to it as they go through the usual monthly hormone changes, which is a part of a normal reproductive cycle. But when the hormones go out of balance, the disorder is usually manifested through irregular periods, cysts, uterine fibroids, polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS)… and acne.

PCOS often goes together with acne during reproductive phase of female life, and once the menopause sets in, the drop in estrogen and increase in androgen hormone levels could also lead to sudden appearance of acne. Acne can also be triggered by stress, i.e. rise of hormone cortisol. Hormonal acne normally appear on the jaw and chin area, vary with the menstrual cycle, and all in the same pore already enlarged by the previous pustule.

As much as we hate them, they should never be squeezed and touched. The best thing to do is to consult a dermatologist and get an adequate professional skin therapy and advice. But although hormonal treatment drugs are usually prescribed by doctors, the problem will usually come back as soon as we stop using them. Natural solutions require more time and effort, but they are the best long standing choice. Medicinal herbs can provide a long-term solution.

Femisan A is a completely natural, plant-based medicinal product that helps treat female reproductive system disorders by balancing hormones. It can be even used by young girls, from the onset of the first period. Once estrogen and testosterone are put back to balance, with adequate skin care and nutrition, acne will disappear. But it cannot happen overnight. Herb medicines require long and regular use, and even once the problem is solved, it is good to continue with preventive therapy for a while longer. With proper nutrition and Femisan A, hormonal acne don’t stand a chance.

Who we are

Twenty years ago we had a vision about our own assortment of high-quality herbal dietary supplements. Over the time, we grew into a company employing over 20 pharmacy and phytotherapy professionals. Our program includes an array of products designed to preserve health and prevent numerous disorders and diseases, in both women and men.

From our early days, quality has been our main priority. Our choice is not only to include the best and most natural ingredients in our products, but also to systematically implement the ISO9001:2015 standard and HACCP system.

Herba Svet is a company based in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, situated in the Balkan Peninsula. It is a region with pristine fields and untouched nature, rich in medicinal plants that have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Today our life significantly differs from that of our ancestors: we breathe polluted air, eat food saturated with pesticides and antibiotics, we are constantly under stress and we spend most of our time indoors, away from nature. Modern way of life is taking its toll, and the list of disorders that we are experiencing today is getting bigger. Official medicine usually offers us drugs to relieve individual symptoms, not to cure the disease.

It is obvious that we need to approach the patient and the problem holistically, and use the knowledge of our ancestors that had helped numerous generations before us. It is exactly this knowledge that Herba Svet relies on when creating the products, however it is implemented in a modern, scientific way. That is why our preparations contain carefully selected medicinal herbs, in proportions that give the best synergistic effect.

Our hard work is not unrecognized: Herba Svet has been receiving awards over the last two decades for supreme quality, including over 30 gold medals, several golden cups, and continuous Golden Certificates of Creditworthiness Rating by Bisnode. However, our best awards are the news we get from our users:

  • I got pregnant after 5 years of sterility, or
  • The fibroid has shrank to half its size,
  • The cysts are gone, my doctor couldn’t believe it,
  • I avoided surgery,
  • The pain’s gone,
  • I no longer get hot flashes,
  • My eczema is history,
  • My acne scars disappeared…

…these are just few of the comments we get every day that give us the strongest motivation to continue our mission.

Today Herba Svet products can be found globally, all around Europe, in America, Australia and Asia, and recently we have introduced some of them in the Middle East region. Our plan is to keep expanding and bringing best quality herbal remedies to people all around the world. Because we came from nature and we cannot exist without it.