Tagetes Minuta Oil is an essential oil derived from various parts (stalks, leaves and flowers) of the tagetes minuta family of flowers. Popularly referred to as Mexican marigolds or marigolds, these flowers are used for extracting this extremely sweet smelling floral oil. The insect repelling nature of the flowers have long been known for which dried flowers were hung outside homes by many for repelling pesky insects. Traditional Chinese medicinal recipes and potions also use these flowers and its essential oil for treating various bodily disorders, including cold, colic and cough. Important compounds found in Tagetes Minuta Oil are tagetone, limonene, and valeric acid.
It is used for treating minor sores, cuts and ulcers because of its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties
Massaging with warm tagetes minuta oil will help relief congestion and clear the bronchial channels
The oil is famed as a stimulating tonic for the nervous system
The oil can also be used for curing inflammation and pain in the body