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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.
Bottle Size: 1/2 oz (15 ml)
Tagetes oil has been employed historically as an anti-fungal. Though in large part supplanted by the safer and more ubiquitous tea tree oil, tagetes is still considered a powerful topical adjunct in treatment of fungal infections and foot and skin complaints such as bunions, calluses, corns and athlete's foot. 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.
How To Use Tagetes 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 Oil Recipes:
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.
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
Blends well with: clary sage, ylang ylang, lavender, sandalwood, tea tree, frankincense, geranium, and citrus oils such as lemon and orange
Botanical Name: Tagetes minuta
Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Composition: 100% Pure Tagetes marigold oil
Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
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: 15 ml
Floracopeia was established to help preserve and promote the use of botanical medicines as solutions to the widespread ecological destruction taking place in the world, and the loss of medicinal plants on which traditional medical systems depend. We provide our customers with the highest quality essential oils and other botanical aromatic treasures through the promotion of ecological sustainability, organic agriculture, and agro-forestry projects.
Our products are acclaimed for their therapeutic-grade, high quality at affordable prices. We provide artisanal quality oils produced by small family-based distillers. We buy directly from farmers and distillers, thus supporting the local economies in which the plants are grown. We do not buy oils from the world-brokers. Floracopeia is founded with a strong medical orientation and is involved in a number of global eco-projects based in grass roots health care, spirituality, reforestation projects, and the preservation and restoration of ethno-botanical culture.
Posted by Charlotte A. Raasch on 5th Aug 2011
Tagetes has proven itself over the course of a couple of years to help my feet. I was starting to have a curling second toe and bunions. I would mix 3-6 drops of tagetes with sesame oil or shea butter and massage my tendons, toes, tops and bottoms of my feet. I highly recommend this treatment if you want to keep your dancing feet!