- What other names is Tagetes known by?
- What is Tagetes?
- How does Tagetes work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Tagetes.
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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- Poor appetite.
- Stomach pain.
- Intestinal worms.
- 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.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Tagetes is safe in amounts found in food, but there's not enough information to know if it's safe in the larger amounts that are used as medicine. Stick to food amounts.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Tagetes may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking tagetes.
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