Tagetes essential oil, tagetes minuta, has been used for skin complaints, menstrual irregularities, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, and poor eyesight. Tagetes is used in some pharmaceutical products. The absolute and oil are employed to a limited extent in herbaceous and floral perfumes. It is also used for flavoring tobacco and in most major food categories, including alcoholic and soft drinks. 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.
Tagetes, tagetes minuta, is an annual herb up to 60 cm high with soft, oval, pale leaves and bright orange daisy-like flowers. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the fresh flowering herb and also an absolute (and concrete) by solvent extraction from the flowering herb. Tagetes is native to South America and Mexico, but now grows wild in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. The oil is produced mainly in South Africa, France, Argentina and Egypt.
Tagetes essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: clary sage, lavender, jasmine, bergamot and other citrus oils in very small percentages.
Tagetes oil cautions - Do not use internally. Best avoided during pregnancy. May be harmful if used in large quantities. Use with care and in moderation.
Tagetes oil properties - Anthelmintic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, fungicidal, stomachic.