Tagetes oil is extracted from the Tagetes minuta plant of the Compositae family. Most people buy this essential oil because of its irresistible aroma, but it is particularly effective in fighting infections. The Oil helps with wounds and chest infections.


Tagetes oil has a sweet, almost citrus flavor and is yellow, reddish or amber in color. It has a medium viscosity, which means it could harden and become a gel if exposed to air for a long time.


Tagetes oil is extracted from the leaves, stems and flowers of the plant.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components of tagetes oil are: lemon, valeric acid and ocimene.


Tagetes oil is very strong and should be used cautiously and not used during pregnancy. Oil should not be applied the o sensitive skin as it may cause photosensitivity.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of Tagetes oil are: anti-infectious, anti-microbial, antibiotic, anti-spastic, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, insecticidal and sedative.


Tagetes oil protects against insects and helps with parasitic and fungal infections. It is also used for breast infections, coughing, runny nose, bronchospasm and skin infections. It has a healing effect on wounds, cuts and corns.

  • Application of inhalers: In vapor therapy, tagetes oil can help in cough, bronchitis, lung infections and as an insect agent.
  • Application in massage oils and in the bathroom: Mixed in massage oils or diluted in the bath, tagetes oil can help in wounds, cuts, coughs, respiratory infections, parasitic and fungal infections.
  • Application in creams and lotions: The use of oil in creams and lotions is beneficial for fungal and microbial infections, especially for cuts and open wounds.

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