Tagetes essential oil has many health benefits which can be attributed to its properties as sedative, insecticide, disinfectant, anti – spasmodic, antiseptic, anti – parasitic, antimicrobial and antibiotic substance. Tagetes is also known by a few other names, including Marie Gold and Khaki Bush. It is believed that this herb is native to Africa. From this continent, it is spread to Australia, Europe and America. The scientific name of this herb is Tagetes Minuta. Tagetes is highly valued as an antiseptic, anti – parasitic and insect repellent agent. Tagates essential oil is extracted from its flowers, stalk, stem and leaves by the process of steam distillation. Valeric acid, tagetone, ocimene and limonene are the main components of tagetes essential oil. It has a nice fragrance but it is neither popular in the aromatherapy nor as a deodorant. Tagates essential oil blends well with tangerine, myrrh, lemon, lavender, jasmine and clary sage essential oils. This essential oil can cause irritation and sensitization. Higher concentration or heavier doses may be hard to withstand. Tagetes essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy. This essential oil can be used to ease catarrh and phlegm deposition as well as congestion and also to treat colitis, dermatitis, skin diseases, Athlete’s foot, burns and wounds.
Tagetes essential oil benefits
Sedates inflammation: This is one of the most known properties of tagetes essential oil and it has been used for a long time. It can sedated irritation and inflammation in the neurotic, excretory, nervous and digestive systems, as well as panic, anger, depression, stress, anxiety, afflictions, convulsions and other psychological and emotional hyper reactions.
Eliminates insects: Tagetes essential oil is lethal to insects and it can kill them. It can keep away parasitic insects such as lice, bed bugs, fleas and mosquitoes. Also the most common household insects such as termites, white ants, ants and cockroaches can be also kept away.
Tagetes essential oil uses
Acts as a disinfectant: Tagetes essential oil has antibiotic, anti – parasitic and anti – microbial properties which are very effective for disinfecting the body or an area. When it applied externally or ingested, then it can cure infections in the body. When it is used in sprays, vaporizers and fumigants, then it can disinfect the whole space within its reach. This can also protect from airborne diseases like pox, measles, mumps and common cold.
Relieves spasms: Tagetes essential oil is relaxant in nature which means that it can relax any type of spasm in the body and it can give a relief from convulsions, cramps, diarrhea and spasmodic coughs.
Inhibits biotic growth: Biotic is a term which is used for anything that concerns life. Biotic growth means that the growth of living cells or higher forms of life. In the terms that are used for the human body and pathology, biotic growth means growth of protozoa, fungi, bacteria or any other form of parasites in the human body. An antibiotic means an agent which inhibits or counters biotic growth in the body. Tagetes essential oil is antibiotic. It will not allow any biotic growth in your body. There are some studies in which are found that this essential oil is very beneficial to rotten wounds, ulcers, open sores and even gangrene. In some places of the world, it has been used to clear wounds and to eliminate the growth of maggots in them.
Prevents sepsis: Staphylococcus Aureus is a bacterium that is causing septic which is an infection. This is a very dangerous infection and even it can be fatal. This condition can start from a simple – looking wound and engulf your whole body within a few hours. This condition is affecting newborn babies. Symptoms of this condition include muscular contractions, extreme spasms, convulsions, immobility of the limbs, swelling with redness and even insanity. Tagetes essential oil is lethal to these bacteria and it can help to rid of the septic.