Marigold – Tagetes (Tagetes minuta)


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As a member of the Sunflower family, it is commonly grown and harvested for its essential oil – Tagetes thrives in full sun, in disturbed areas of the temperate grasslands of South America. Easily grown from seed, it was grows very well in the other regions listed. Not to be confused with Calendula. ┬áT. minuta is an erect, woody annual herb, usually 0.5-2 m tall with strongly odorous foliage. Fast growing, and in some countries considered a weed – which it competes with crops and interferes with their management or harvest.

The familiar name of Marigold has its origins back to Marys Gold. This is offered to Mother Mary on 25th March every year and is considered as a sacred day – when the Angel Gabriel informed Mother Mary about the arrival of Jesus Christ. In some traditions – the seeds would be sown in pots and displayed as a representation of blessedness and endurance to invite the heavenly power.

Popular in India in the production of perfume. Tagetes has a long history of medicinal preparations from beverages to condiments, as well as a culinary herb and seasoning. In Chinese medicine it helped in the treatment of cold, coughs, sore eyes, colic and mumps.

Though it has a pleasant odour – it is widely used for it’s anti-septic and anti-parasitic qualities, therefore popular in pharmaceutical products. For positive effect on skin infections and small weeping wounds. Assists in easing cold and flu.

Ingredients: Tagetes Minuta Flower Oil

Botanical name: Tagetes minuta

Common name: Tagetes

Plant part: Flowering herb

Extraction method: Steam distilled

Note: Top

Strength of aroma: Medium

Aromatic scent: Herbaceous, sweet, fruity and almost citrus-like.

Caution: Possible dermal irritant. Use with caution. Not to be used during pregnancy.

Blends Well With

Benzoin – Onycha (Styrax Benzoin)
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Chamomile – Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Grapefruit Pink (Citrus paradisi)
Jasmine Absolute (Jasminium sambac)
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Magnolia Absolute (Magnolia grandifloria)
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Orange – Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium amara)
Rose Damask Absolute (Rosa x damascena)
Sandalwood – Australian (Santalum spicatum)
Sandalwood – Indian (Santalum album)
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
Tobacco Absolute (Nicotiana tabacum)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Aromatic Families

Herbal, Fruity, Camphor


Strong, warm, sweet-herbaceous, distinctive ketonic (pungent) aroma with a very powerful fruity-green undertone, reminiscent of green apple.

Aromatic Note

Middle to Top


Strongly phototoxic.

Strongly phototoxic; for application to areas of skin exposed to sunshine, the recommended maximum dermal use level is 0.01%. Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.

Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL

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