Tagetes Oil, Some Uses

Tagetes Oil, Some Uses

Marigold-Oleoresin-Tagetes-Oil-Powder-Tagetes (Tagetes erecta) is an interesting oil. The scent is very strong and gets stronger when mixed with others. It comes from the African Marigold and the oil has many great benefits. It’s good for cuts, burns, bronchial issues, fungal infections, and even as a base for perfume.

Aromatic influences: Clears thinking, relieves tension, aids emotional control, interesting almost intoxicating scent.

Combines well with:

Clary Sage, Lavender, Jasmine, Bergamot, Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang

Ways to use it

  • Gets stronger when used with other oils.
  • Do not use when pregnant.
  • Can be used in perfume.
  • tagetes-500x500Tagetes oil is valuable in keeping insects at bay, and can help with parasitic and fungal infestation.
  • It is used for chest infections, coughs and catarrh, dilating the bronchi, facilitating the flow of mucus and dislodging congestion and can be used in cases of skin infections. It has a healing effect on wounds, cuts, calluses and bunions.
  • 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 2-3 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.
  • Combine with Myrrh and diffuse to treat congestion.
  • Diffuse Tagetes oil to soothe all manner of respiratory complaints, including chest infections.
  • Can help you change stuck, negative, unhappy, pessimistic, paranoid, feelings to confidence, enthusiasm, and clear direction in life.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!

Tagetes oil 2Recipes

Here are a few recipes involving Tagetes oil. To check for more, you can click on Tagetes in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Anti-Fungal Blend

  • 4 drops Tagetes
  • 8 drops Tea Tree,
  • 8 drops Lavender,
  • 4 drops Myrrh
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil

Apply formula topically to affected areas (2)

foot2For Athlete’s Foot

  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 5 drops Tea Tree
  • 1 drop Lemon
  • 2 drops Tagetes
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Smear the Lavender in between the toes. Then mix together the rest of the oils and massage the formula into your feet, paying special attention to the toes. (7)


  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 1 drop German Chamomile
  • 1 drop Tagetes

Apply formula to blister. Pat thoroughly but carefully. (7)

Corn, Callous, and Bunion Blend

  • 3 drops Tagetes,
  • 6 drops Carrot Seed
  • 6 drops German Chamomile
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil

Apply before bedtime (2)

Tagetes_patula_nana_Hybr_Carmen_BotGardBln0906No More Eczema!

  • 10 drops German Chamomile
  • 10 drops Yarrow
  • 5 drops Tagetes

Dilute in 2 tablespoons Almond oil (or other cold-pressed vegetable oil). Add 30 drops Jojoba oil and 10 drops Evening Primrose oil.

This is a fantastic recipe that can be applied to the patient’s face with a Q-tip while you a giving a facial acupuncture treatment. (5)

Mentholated Sneaker Tamer

  • 2 cups natural clay Kitty Litter
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup dried Peppermint leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried Thyme leaves
  • 3 drops Tagetes oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint oil
  • 10 drops Wintergreen
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Citriodora oil

Combine the cat litter and baking soda in a glass or ceramic bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Add the herbs and mix again. Add the essential oils and blend. Place half of the mixture each in two clean socks and tie the open ends shut. Place a stuffed sock into each shoe overnight or when not in use. (10)

Tagetes OilRadiation Formula

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops German Chamomile
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 5 drops Tagetes
  • 5 drops Yarrow
  • 2 tablespoons Vinca infused oil or Marigold (not Tagetes but basic garden marigolds)  infused oil*

Use this on skin of area that is to be radiated for cancer treatment. Apply formula once a day to skin that is absolutely clean and dry. Cover the whol area, pay particular attention to trauma area. If used for Uterine cancer, rub well into tummy; in the case of breast cancer, rub well into breasts; and so on. Do front and back of body.

Try to start using oils 2 – 3 weeks before you start radiation, if possible. Don’t use it on your days of treatments but use it in between and for at least a month after your last radiation treatment.

If you are having chemotherapy, also use this formula, just not for 2 days before and 2 days after chemo treatment.

* How to make infused oils
  • Pack a glass jar very tightly with the chosen flowers or herbs and cover with F.C.O. Seal jar very tight and put outside in the sun for a few weeks, bringing it in at night. Strain and then bottle oil.
  • Or, put flowers or herbs of your choice in a large saucepan with a lid and add half their volume of F.C.O. Heat the pan, with lid in place, up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit  Strain and then bottle the oil in a dark colored, glass jar. (7)

And finally,

It’s an interesting oil. Time to try out Tagetes and let us know in the comment section below what you think about it!

Tagetes oil bowl


  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  10. The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning, by Karyn Siegel-Maier




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Is there any way in which you can ingest tagetes? Perhaps tea? or can you use the essential oil to make taggete tea?


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