Tagetes essential oil has many incredible healing properties, with a positive effect even more beautiful than the plant it comes from. Tagetes, also called Khaki Bush and Mexican Marie Gold, is believed to be native to Africa. The herb has spread to America, Europe, and Australia. Tagetes essential oil is extracted from its leaves, stem, stalk, and flowers by the process of steam distillation. It has a nice fragrance, but is used mostly for its medicinal properties and as an insecticide. (1)
9 Health Uses Of Tagetes Essential Oil
1. Tagetes Oil Prevents Parasites
2. It Prevents Microbial Infections
Tagetes essential oil is useful in ending the growth of microbes in the body. Therefore, it helps protect against infectious diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, or protozoa. Food poisoning, athlete’s foot, cholera, septsis, tetanus, typhus, malaria, skin diseases, and dermatitis can all be prevented. The use of tagetes oil can both help wipe out infections and give relief from them.
3. Stops Bacterial Septic Infections
Sepsis is another name for an infection caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus. The infection is very dangerous and can even be fatal. It may start from a simple-looking wound and engulf the whole body within a few hours. It readily affects newborn babies. The symptoms include convulsions, extreme spasms, and muscular contractions, swelling with redness, immobility of the limbs, and even insanity. Tagetes essential oil is lethal to these bacteria and helps to get rid of septic infections.
4. Inhibits The Growth of Other Parasites
Tagetes essential oil can stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, or any other form of parasites in the human body. It has antibiotic properties, meaning it counters or inhibits biotic growth in the body. Biotic growth includes bacteria, protozoa, and other parasites such as worms in the body. Tagetes oil has been found to be very beneficial on open sores, ulcers, rotten wounds and even gangrene. In some places, it is used to clear wounds and eliminate the growth of maggots in them.
5. Relieves Spasms And Resulting Cramps
As a relaxant, tagetes essential oil relaxes any type of spasm in the body. Tagetes oil also provides relief from spasmodic coughs, diarrhea, muscle cramps, and convulsions.
6. The Oil Is An Antimicrobial Disinfectant
The antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, and antibiotic properties of the tagetes essential oil are incredibly useful. Tagetes oil is proven to be very effective in disinfecting the body or an area. When applied externally or internally, tagetes oil cures infections in the body. In fumigants, vapourizers, and sprays, tagetes oil disinfects the whole space within its reach. This effect also helps protect from airborne diseases like the common cold, mumps, measles, pox, and others.
7. As An Insecticide It Eliminates Insects
The most popular effect of tagetes essential oil might be that it is lethal to insects and kills them. Tagetes oil wards off parasitic insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, bed bugs, and lice. Common household insects such as cockroaches, ants, white ants, or termites are also kept away.
8. Sedates Inflammation And Helps Body Systems
The sedative property of tagetes oil is well known and has been in use for a long time. It relieves inflammation and irritation in the digestive, nervous, excretory, and neurotic systems. This helps with convulsions, afflictions, anxiety, stress, depression, anger, panic, and other emotional and psychological hyper reactions. (3)
9. It Can Treat Burns, Skin Diseases, Athlete’s Foot and More
Tagetes oil is used to treat wounds, burns, Athlete’s foot, skin diseases, dermatitis, and colitis.
It also helps with congestion and removing phlegm and catarrh deposition.
A final note of caution. Tagetes oil may cause sensitization and irritation. Heavier doses or doses of higher concentration may be hard to withstand. It should therefore be avoided during pregnancy.