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Tagetes Essential Oil

Tagetes minuta



Aromatically, Tagetes Essential Oil possesses a fresh, sweet, floral, slightly fruity aroma. I find that it blends well with essential oils in the citrus, floral and wood families.

Tagetes Essential Oil is extremely phototoxic. As Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young indicate (see the Safety section below), it must be used at under 0.01% in topical formulations to eliminate the risk of phototoxicity.

Tagetes is a variety of marigold. It should not be confused with the marigold that gives us Calendula and healing Calendula infused carrier oils. Both have very different properties and very different applications.

Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Tagetes Essential Oil

Tagetes Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

  • Corns
  • Warts Athlete's Foot
  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Bunions
  • Parasitic Infestations
  • Resistant Fungal Infections

Sources: Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 624. Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 187-188.

Botanical Name

Tagetes minuta

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used





Thin - Medium

Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Tagetes Essential Oil smells fresh, sweet, floral and slightly fruity.

Major Constituents of Egyptian Tagetes Oil

  • (Z)-B-Ocimene
  • Dihydrotagetone
  • (Z)-Tagetone
  • (Z)-Tagetenone
  • (E)-Tagetenone

See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of typical constituents.

Source: Private Communication: Fakhry, 2002. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 435.

Tagetes Essential Oil Safety Information

Tagetes Oil is phototoxic. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.01% to avoid risk of phototoxic reaction. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 435-436.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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