Tagetes oil is extracted by the method of steam distillation of the flower, leaves, and stalks of the tagetes plant. Traditionally, this oil is used in the fragrance industry. It is well-known as an insecticide. It has other properties like antiseptic, antibiotic, antimicrobial, disinfectant, anti-spasmodic, anti-parasitic and sedative substance.
About Tagetes: Tagetes minuta, the botanical name of the tagetes plant is largely produced in France, South Africa and South America. This plant can grow up to 2 meters in height. It is also known as Tagetes glandulifera.
Tagetes oil: The oil is obtained from the flowers, stalks and leaves of the plant that yields oil depending on the season. It has a sweet, fruity like mango aroma. This oil is well blended with other essential oils including lavender, sage, citrus, bergamot, jasmine, and lemon.
Uses of Tagetes oil:
1. Two of the best properties of tagetes oil are insecticide and anti-parasitic, which keeps away insect and parasites. It also helps to kill insects such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, lice, fleas and many more.
2. This oil serves as a disinfectant which helps to keep cuts and wounds free from infections. It is effective for fungal infections as well. It is also good for cleaning cuts and wounds because of its antiseptic property.
3. It has antispasmodic which helps the muscles to relax. It is good for cramps and spasms at the same time.
4. Skin problems: The oil is used in treating skin diseases too. It is effective if it is use for dermatitis, burns, and other skin problems.
This oil is used to add flavor to food. It also used to flavor soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. It is used to add flavor on tobacco as well. Moreover, this oil can also be added to dishes that gives it an herbal flavor.