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Tagetes Essential Oil

Tagetes

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.

Tagetes Essential Oil

Botanical Name

Tagetes minuta

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Flowers

Color

Gold

Consistency

Thin - Medium

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Fresh, sweet, floral, slightly fruity.

Tagetes Essential Oil Uses

Corns, warts. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 59.]

Athlete's foot, corns, calluses, bunions, parasitic infestations, resistant fungal infections. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 624.]

Major Constituents of Egyptian Tagetes Oil

(Z)-B-Ocimene
Dihydrotagetone
(Z)-Tagetone
(Z)-Tagetenone
(E)-Tagetenone
See Essential Oil Safety for constituent for oils sourced from different regions.

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

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.]

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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. 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. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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