Latin Name: Tagetes minuta
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Extraction: Distillation of the flowering herb
Tagetes is a thick liquid that solidifies on exposure to air and light, with a bitter-green, heady odour. Tagetes is distilled from the fresh flowers. Tagetes is soothing and cleansing.
It is a strongly scented annual herb about 30cm high with bright orange, daisy-like flowers and soft green oval leaves. Native to South America and Mexico. Now grows wild in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. The oil is mainly produced in South Africa France, Argentina and Egypt. There are several different types of species that share very similar characteristics and are used to produce essential oils.