Tagette, taget, marigold. Many books wrongly cite this oil as 'calendula', confusing it with the pot marigold or Calendula officinalis, which produces too little essential oil to make distillation commercially viable. However, the infused oil of calendula is often used in aromatherapy as a rejuvenating base oil.
Description and Distribution
A half-hardy annual of compact and bushy habit. It has dark green deeply cut and divided leaves and an abundance of brownish-orange, daisy-like flowers. The plant is native to Mexico, but extensively cultivated worldwide. Most of the oil is produced in South Africa, South America, Nigeria and France.
Steam distillation of the fresh flowers and leaves.
Nature of the Oil
A yellowy-orange, slightly viscous liquid. The offbeat aroma is composed of fruity-sweet top notes with a bitter green, murky undertone. It is difficult to offer an objective assessment of the oil's odour effect, except to say that many people find it somewhat disturbing: rather like the resonance of a discordant musical chord.
Athlete's foot, absence of menstruation outside pregnancy.
Blends Well With
The oil is extremely difficult to work with, for the penetrating aroma has the curious property of becoming stronger when combined with other essences. Nevertheless, it is just about acceptable when blended with bergamot, orange, lemon or lavender. Tagetes should be used in concentrations of less than 0.5 per cent.
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All pure essential oils should be used with care. Do not apply directly into skin. A 2% dilution of essential oils to a base of carrier oil or lotion is recommended for all skincare and massage preparations.
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The oil may cause skin irritation or provoke sensitisation reactions in some people. Highly phototoxic, so avoid skin applications prior to exposure to simulated or natural sunlight. Avoid during pregnancy. Use in very low concentrations.
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