Botanical Name: Tagetes minuta
Plant Part: Flowering Herb
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Tagetes is known in Africa as Khakibush. It now also grown in France and North America. Tagetes is essentially a weed with deeply divided, dark green leaves with numerous ornamental yellowish-orange carnation-like flowers.
Colour: Reddish Amber
Common Uses: Tagetes oil is best known for its ability to keep insects away. It is also credited by aromatherapists as helping with parasitic and fungal issues, while also being able to facilitate the flow of mucous and loosening congestion. It has also been used on cuts, sores, and bunions.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Tagetes blends well with Juniper, Lavender, Pine, Geranium, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Frankincense and all Citrus oils.
Aromatic Scent: Tagetes is easily classified as sweet, fruity and almost citrus-like.
History: After the Boer war in South Africa, Australian troops brought plants to their native land where it grew profusely.