Plant Part: Flower
Note: Top – Middle
Other Names: French Marigold, African Marigold
Blend Well With: Bergamot, citrus oils, clary sage, jasmine, lavender, lemon
Aroma: Pleasant, sweet, herbaceous, and fruity
Consistency: Thin – Medium
Everyone wants to have smooth, healthy skin; and tagetes is a great essential oil to improve skin tone, heal cuts, abrasions, and rashes. Regularly using tagetes will give your skin a natural healthy glow. There’s no need to use chemical concoctions when there are so many natural alternatives.
Some people have described the aroma of tagetes oil to be similar to that of green apples. It’s very herbal and fruity. Tagetes is great for skin and helps combat fungal infections, bunions, soften calluses, and treat athlete’s foot. It’s great for the respiratory system and can help your body get over the cold or flu in record time. It has naturally occurring disinfectant properties, and can double as a pest control and insect repelling ingredient.
Tagetes has long been used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, going all the way back to the Aztec civilization. They discovered that tagetes essential oil had the unique ability to reduce blood pressure and inflammation while calming the body and nerves. It’s heavily used in China as a cold remedy and cough suppressant. It’s also used as an ingredient in perfume products because it has such a sweet and sugary aroma. You’ll find it used as a common ingredient in cosmetics, as well as flavoring in candy, food, and beverages.
The tagetes plant is native to both North and South America. At its full height it will reach 3 feet tall and is very flowery. Depending on the particular variety of tagetes, the flowers can range in color from orange, yellow, golden, and reddish brown. One common way to use tagetes is to add a few drops to a warm bath, and let the sweet aroma envelop your body as your mind slips into a deep state of relaxation.
Tagetes Essential Oil Usages
Skin: athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bunion relief, soft calluses, corn removal
Respiratory: cough suppressant
Household: pest control and insect repeller
Nervous System: relaxant properties
Therapeutic Properties: anthelmintic, anti-catarrhal, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-spasmodic, bronchodilator, cicatrisant, diaphoretic, emmenagogic, fungicidal, hypotensor, mucolytic, spasmodic, stomachic