Tagetes is used for digestive tract problems including poor appetite, gas, stomach pain, colic, intestinal worms, and dysentery. It is also used for coughs, colds, mumps, fluid retention, and sore eyes; and causing sweating.
Women use tagetes to start menstruation, treat sore breasts (mastitis), and protect against miscarriage.
People sometimes apply the LEAVES directly to the skin for treating sores and ulcers. The FLOWERS are used as a mosquito repellent. The JUICE of the leaves is put on the skin for treating eczema. The OIL is put on the skin for treating wound maggots.
In foods and beverages, tagetes is used as a flavor component.
In manufacturing, the oil is used as a fragrance in perfumes. The dried, ground flowers are used as chicken feed to enhance the characteristic yellow color of chicken skin and egg yolk.
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