Tagetes essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves, stalks and flowers of Tagetes minuta (also known as Tagetes glandulifera) of the Compositae family and is also known as marigold, Mexican marigold and tagetette. It is often confused with calendula oil, which is Calendula officinalis, also known as “true marigold”.
Although very few people buy this oil for the fragrance, it is a very effective oil when used in cases of infection and especially weeping wounds and chest infections.
Tagetes oil has a wild, sweet, fruity almost citrus-like smell and is yellow to reddish-amber in color. It is of medium viscosity that can turn thick and even gel-like if exposed to the air for a long time.
The main chemical components are tagetone, limonene, valeric acid and ocimene etc.
Tagetes oil is a very powerful oil and should be used sparingly and should be avoided during pregnancy. Not to be used on a sensitive skin and may cause photosensitivity. Cases of dermatitis have been reported.
The therapeutic properties of Tagetes oil are anti-infectious, anti-microbial, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, insecticide and sedative.
Tagetes oil is valuable in keeping insects at bay, and can help with parasitic and fungal infestation.
It is used for chest infections, coughs and catarrh, dilating the bronchi, facilitating the flow of mucus and dislodging congestion and can be used in cases of skin infections. It has a healing effect on wounds, cuts, calluses and bunions.
Tagetes oil can be useful for treating the respiratory system, infections of the skin and as an insect repellent.
• Burners and vaporizers
o In vapor therapy, tagetes oil can help with coughs, bronchitis, chest infections and as an insect repellant.
• Blended massage oil or in the bath
o As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, tagetes oil can assist with wounds, cuts, coughs, chest infections, parasitic and fungal infestations.
• Cream or lotion
o When used in a cream or lotion, it can have a most beneficial effect on fungal and microbial infections and especially helpful when treating weeping wounds.
Tagetes oil blends well with
Although essential oils normally blend well together, Tagetes oil blends particularly well with clary sage, jasmine,lavender, lemon, myrrh, and tangerine.
MRT gives the products which are grown under the stringent organic standards of NPOP, NOP and EU certification by LACON, Germany