Tagetes is a genus of 51 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants belonging to the daisy family. The species patula is called the French Marigold while the species erecta is the Mexican Marigold. The species minuta is known as Mexican Marigold, Mint Marigold, Wild Marigold, or Stinking Roger, and usually bears yellow flowers. The name minuta means small which is probably due to the plant having small flowers. The plant has been used to make a medicinal tea for colds, respiratory or stomach problems.
In India the locally grown flowering tops of the French marigold are distilled into a receiver that contains a solvent, often sandalwood oil, to produce ‘attar genda’ – a popular Indian perfume material.
The herb is hung in doorways as a fly and mosquito deterrent in Africa, and as a mattress stuffing to keep out bugs and pests.
In Uganda it is used to treat and deter disease and insects. The oil in a 5% dilution has been used to kill maggots in open wounds as well as other ticks and parasites.
Table Mountain, Capetown, South Africa
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Botanical Name - Tagetes minuta
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled
Parts Used - Flowering plant
Note Classification - Middle
Aroma - Bitter-green, herby
Largest Producing Countries - South Africa, France, Argentina, and Egypt
Traditional Use - Tagetes oil is used in some pharmaceutical products. To a limited extent the oil is employed in herbaceous and floral perfumes.
Properties - Anthelminthic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, fungicidal, and stomachic.
Benefits - Athlete’s foot, bunions, calluses, catarrh, chest infections, corns, coughs, fungal infections, and parasitic infections.
Blends Well With - Bergamot, clary sage, jasmine, lavender, lemon, and other citrus oils.
Safety Data -
may cause skin irritation in some individuals. It’s photo-toxic and exposure to the sun is not recommended. Use this oil with moderation. Don’t use this oil during pregnancy.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
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