Tagetes also known as southern cone marigold, stinking roger or black mint, is a plant; the parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
The herb is grown with cultivated crops to deter insects, (specifically eel worms that react well to the thiophenes contained in the roots of the tagetes plant) slugs and other pests, as well as weeds.
Its oil is extracted from its leaves, stem, stalk, and flowers by the process of steam distillation.
It contains antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, disinfectant, insecticide, and sedative therapeutic properties.
This oil can help you get rid of the most annoying and harmful parasites on the human body, such as mosquitoes, fleas, lice, bed bugs, and others. It keeps them away and neutralizes the effects of bites and stings.
The sedative property of this oil is well known and has been in use for a long time. It sedates inflammation and irritation in the digestive, nervous, excretory, and neurotic systems, as well as convulsions, afflictions, anxiety, stress, depression, anger, panic, and other emotional and psychological hyper reactions.
It is used for chest infections, coughs and catarrh, dilating the bronchi, facilitating the flow of mucus and dislodging congestion and can be used in cases of skin infections.
It may be blended with a vegetable or carrier oil of your choice, added to a nice warm bath or added to a lotion to treat minor wounds or skin ailments. In China it is used to treat coughs, sores and seasonal illness.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use essential oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an essential oil that you’ve never used before.