The use of Tagetes plants rooted even before the Boer war where people had been using its flowers as ornaments. While these flowers are fragrant and liked by humans, insects dislike them so they are potent insect repellent. After the war, the Aussie troops brought the herb home and started to discover more benefits from the Tagetes plant including medicinal use for foot problems.
Tagetes is also known as Tagetes Minuta and came from the same family of Sunflower and Daisy. It may also be referred to as Mexican Marigold of just Marigold, but it is important to note that Tagetes essential oil must not be used interchangeably with "True Marigold" or Calendula essential oil.
Tagetes essential oil is extracted by the process of steam distillation and is used for its wide range of beneficial properties such as sedative, antibacterial, deworming, disinfectant, and germicidal. Tagetes flowers have been used in Chinese traditional medicine in treating whooping cough, bloatedness, and cough.
Tagetes fuses well with lavender, clary sage, myrrh and jasmine. Tagetes essential oil, when diffused, emits an aroma that soothes the mind from mental stress. Fortunately, it has an opposite effect on insects - it makes them crazy and they would go away!
Tagetes oil is great when diluted and used as massage oil. Tagetes targets the muscle spasms and respiratory problems. You may also add some into the bath water and soak in it for as long as you wish for a rejuvenating wash.
To treat fungal infection, mix together 4 drops of Tagetes oil, 8 drops tea tree, 4 drops myrrh, 8 drops lavender and 30 mL jojoba oil and apply directly on affected area.
For bunions and callous, apply a mixture of 3 drops Tagetes oil, 6 drops German chamomile, 6 drops carrot seed oil, and 15 mL jojoba oil on the area at bedtime.
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Great oil. I mixed it with carrot oil and massaged it into the bottoms of my feet and joints of my big toes. I suffer from gout and before using the oils was having trouble walking. In just a few hours I was able to walk, pain free.