About Tagetes Essential Oil
Oil of tagetes is thought to have a positive effect on skin infections and small weeping wounds. Tagetes boosts the respiratory system by dilating the bronchi and facilitating decongestion, thereby assisting in cases of cold and flu. Both the plant and oil are used for pest control and as an insect repellant, and the herb is also used to treat hemorrhoids.
Strongly aromatic, this deep orange tagetes marigold oil has a heady floral bouquet with citrus-like fruit notes and bitter undertones. Often confused with calendula oil, tagetes essential oil is used therapeutically as an anti-fungal agent and for respiratory support. This wild and fresh organic oil is steam-distilled in India.
How to Use Tagetes Essential Oil
- Tagetes may be applied topically but only in very low dilutions. It can be also be used in the bath, through direct inhalation, or diffuser.
- Soak the feet in a hot foot bath combined with several drops of tagetes oil to soften calluses and to treat bunions and corns.
- Add one drop tagetes oil to bathwater to soothe symptoms of cold and flu.
- Use several drops tagetes oil in vapor therapy to relieve coughing spasms, and dilate bronchial passages.
- Diffuse tagetes oil to soothe all manner of respiratory complaints, including chest infections.
Tagetes Essential Oil Recipes
- Antifungal Blend: 4 drops tagetes oil, 8 drops tea tree oil, 8 drops lavender oil, 4 drops myrrh oil in 30 mL jojoba oil, applied topically to affected areas
- Corn, Callous and Bunion Blend: 3 drops tagetes oil, 6 drops carrot seed oil, 6 drops German chamomile oil in 15 mL jojoba oil, applied before bedtime
Interesting Tagetes Essential Oil Information
The documented efficacy and easy availability of tea tree oil as a safer alternative to fungal and other infections has rendered Tagetes minuta oil a less commonly used oil. The tagetes minuta dried herb is used as a condiment in Chile and Argentina, where it is a popular flavoring in rice dishes and stews. In China the flowers are used for whooping cough, colds, colic, mumps, sore eyes and mastitis, and in India the flowering tops are distilled to produce "attar genda", a perfume material.
Safety Considerations for Tagetes Essential Oil
Tagetes marigold is a powerful oil that should be used sparingly and in low dilution. It is a dermal irritant and should not be used on sensitive skin. Tagetes oil is also strongly phototoxic—avoid sun and UV exposure for 24 hours after application. Do not use on children or during pregnancy.
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Aromatic Profile and Blending of Tagetes Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Top to middle
- Odor: Wild, fresh with bitter undertones when freshly distilled, fruity-herbaceous, citrus-like
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Dryout: Bitter-herby
- Blends Well With: clary sage oil, ylang ylang oil, lavender oil, sandalwood oil, tea tree oil, frankincense oil, geranium oil, and citrus oils such as lemon oil and orange oil
- Botanical Name: Tagetes minuta
- Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
- Composition: 100% Pure Tagetes Essential Oil
- Origin: India
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Organic
- Plant Part: Aerial parts
- Color: Pale yellow, becoming golden to orange or red/brown with age
- Consistency: Mobile to medium viscosity
- Yield: 1.2% - 1.4%
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)