Tagetes - Tagetes Minuta – Floral

Blending Note: Top

Main Benefits: Sedative, Disinfectant, Phlegm Catarrh Congestion Wounds, Burns, Athlete’s foot,

Skin diseases, Dermatitis, Colitis.

Properties: Antiparasitic, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antibiotic, Antispasmodic, Insecticide 

Origin: South America

Other Producers: India, Thailand, Africa, Hawaii, Australia

Allergy Warning: Phototoxic.

Short History:

Tagetes is very significant in Nepalese culture, where Tagetes (marigold) garlands are used almost in every household, especially during the Tihar festival). It is always sold in the markets for daily worships and rituals. Tagetes was regarded as the flower of the dead in pre-Hispanic Mexico, parallel to the lily  in Europe, and is still widely used in the Day of the celebrations. The tagetes is also widely cultivated in India and Thailand. Vast quantities of tagetes (marigolds) are used in garlands and decoration for weddings, festivals, and religious events. 

About Tagetes:

Tagetes species vary in size from 0.1 to 2.2 m tall. Most species have pinnate green leaves.  Blooms naturally occur in golden, orange, yellow, and white colours, often with maroon highlights. Flower heads are typically 4–6 cm diameter, generally with both ray florets and disc florets. In horticulture, they tend to be planted as annuals, although the perennial species are gaining popularity. Depending on the species, Tagetes species grow well in almost any sort of soil. Most horticultural selections grow best in soil with good drainage, even though some cultivars are known to have good tolerance to drought. The most commonly cultivated varieties of Tagetes are known variously as African marigolds (usually referring to cultivars and hybrids of Tagetes erecta, although this species is not native to Africa), or French marigolds (usually referring to hybrids and cultivars of Tagetes patula, many of which were developed in France, although the species is not native to that country). The so-called signet marigolds are hybrids derived mostly from Tagetes Tenuifolia. Tagetes minuta is the source of commercial "tagetes oil" used in industry. It is now naturalized specie in Africa, Hawaii and Australia and is considered an invasive species (weed) in some regions. Tagetes essential oil is extracted by steam distillation and is gold in colour. The consistency is thin to medium. The flowers are used for extraction. The medium strength aroma is fresh, sweet, floral and slightly fruity.

Medicinal uses:

Corns, Warts, Food Poisoning, Athlete’s foot, Cholera, Tetanus, Typhus, Malaria, Skin Diseases, Sores, Ulcers, Coughs, Diarrhea, Cramps, Convulsions ,Cold, Mumps, Measles, Pox, Afflictions, Anxiety , Stress, Depression, Anger, Panic

Other Uses:

Cooking, Insect Repellent