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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.

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How does Tagetes work?

Tagetes contains ingredients that might help decrease swelling (inflammation) and spasms, calm the nerves, and reduce blood pressure.

Are there safety concerns?

Tagetes is safe in food amounts, but there isn't enough information available to know if it is safe in larger medicinal amounts. Tagetes can cause a skin rash if you touch the plant.

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.

Dosing considerations for Tagetes.

The appropriate dose of tagetes depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for tagetes. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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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