Author: Snežana Moldovan
OVČA, Serbia – Those who want to have a better life will find a way, and those who don’t will come up with excuses! Guided by this maxim, Sandra Vendler and Milutin Stojanović from Ovča, in the Belgrade municipality, have begun mass production of marigolds, in an effort to improve their standard of living.
Although they have only just begun their business, they are sure that in a few years’ time they will be able to spend all their rime cultivating medicinal plants, which will bring them a good income.
Sandra and Milutin entered their line of work thanks to the Lincura Association and professor Ljubica Stojanović; they believed advice coming from an expert would stand them in good stead. They told the House of Good News that they were not mistaken.
“We have planted marigolds on 75 ares of land,” Milutin says, adding: “When people heard how much land we set aside for marigolds, they almost fainted! But we know we have not made a mistake, because as soon as we had planted marigolds, we received offers to sell it. We have talked to people from the Josif Pančić Institute for Medicinal Plants, and they are very interested in cooperating with us”.
From Uncultivated Land to Flowers
The land on which they planted marigolds had not been cultivated in 17 years. Last fall they prepared the ground, at the end of winter they completed preparations and bought seeds; it all cost them just over 300 euros – 210 for preparing the land and 105 for seeds. When they were planting the seeds, they held strictly by Professor Stojanović’s advice – the distance between two seeds must not be less than 40 centimeters, with sufficient space between rows.
“In June we will have seedlings from this land which we will sell,” Milutin says. “In our house in nearby Pančevo we have 400 pots each with two marigold roots. We are cultivating them in our sitting room, as we do not have the means of erecting a PVC greenhouse. We are planning to lease land near Jabuka next year, also for cultivating marigolds”.
The Entire Plant is Medicinal
Professor Ljubica Stojanović told the House of Good News that marigolds were a plant that could be used for preparing balms and ointments from the root to the flower.
”Marigolds contain oils of ether which are medicinal and applied widely in pharmacology for making ointments for various diseases. Like every other plant, marigolds can be used for treating several different diseases,” Professor Stojanović said. For balms you can use the entire plant, but balms are usually made only from the flower; a handful of flowers is mixed into a kilo of lard, this is then boiled and allowed to cool overnight, and the next day heated only so as to melt the lard. This is then filtered and the balm is used for treating skin and vein problems.
The Secrets of Herbalists
Besides marigold, Sandra and Milutin also cultivate St John’s wort, coneflower, goji berries, stevia, lemon balm and horehound. Milutin is well known for his various balms, oils of ether and herbal teas for those suffering from psoriasis and other skin diseases. He says he has success in treating diseases, as can be testified to by the people he has helped.
“My wife and I want to devote our lives to the cultivation of medicinal plants, because we believe we can live well from this and leave to our children a business they will be able to run with love, to continue the family tradition. The work demands dedication and labor, but financial investments are not large, and at his moment in time this is important to many jobless persons”, Milutin said.
Source:House of Good News