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Tagetes essential oil


Tagetes essential oil

Tagetes minuta

Botanical Properties

Origin and history

Marigold leaves and flowers are good insect repellants, and bouquets of them are often seen hanged over native huts to ward off flies and mosquitoes.

After the Boer War in South Africa, Australian troops brought plants to their home country, where they grew profusely. 

It is used in many preparations for the treatment of the feet, but also in perfumery. 

Organoleptic properties

Appearance: fluid liquid

Color: intense lemon yellow

Odor: Sweet, notes of ripe fruit (green apple)


Distilled parts: Flowering tops

Country of origin: Madagascar

Density: 0.861




Anti-catarrhal, mucolytic, expectorant

Emmenagogue (promotes and regulates periods)

Anti-infectious, antibacterial, antifungal

Antiparasitic and anthelmintic: pinworms, tapeworm 

Insect repellent, insecticide




Respiratory catarrhal infections

Skin infections


Repels insects

Parasitic enterocolitis: worms, intestinal parasites ...




Diffusion, inhalation: cough, ENT disorders

Skin application (massage, friction) diluted in HV: fungal or parasitic diseases

Very powerful HE: short-term use only.

Attention, very photo-sensitizing EO, to be diluted (1% maximum of EO) in an HV for any skin application.

Neurotoxicity: to be avoided in pregnant women and children. 

Possible synergies

In association with the EO of cypress to relieve cough.

With palmarosa EO to treat fungal diseases.

With the EO of sugi or Roman chamomile to treat pinworms.


Flammable. Oral use on medical advice. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. Not recommended for children under 3 and pregnant or breastfeeding women. Do not apply to the skin before sun exposure. Food use possible. Do not use pure on the skin.


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