Tagetes

What other names is Tagetes known by?

African Marigold, Aztec Marigold, Big Marigold, Chinchilla Enana, Dwarf Marigold, Œillet d'Inde, French Marigold, Genda, Huacatay, Mexican Marigold, Muster John Henry, Rose d'Inde, Saffron Marigold, Souci Africain, Souci Aztèque, Souci Français, Souci Mexicain, Stinking-Roger, Tagète, Tagetes erecta, Tagetes glandulifera, Tagetes minuta, Tagetes patula, Tagette, Zandu.

What is Tagetes?

Tagetes is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Poor appetite.
  • Gas.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Colic.
  • Intestinal worms.
  • Dysentery.
  • Colds.
  • Coughs.
  • Mumps.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Sore eyes.
  • Menstrual disorders.
  • Sore breasts.
  • Causing sweating.
  • Protecting against miscarriage.
  • Maggots, when the oil is applied to the skin.
  • Sores and ulcers, when the leaves are applied to the skin.
  • Eczema, when the juice of the leaves is applied to the skin.
  • As a mosquito repellent, when the dried flowers are applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of tagetes for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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