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Afrika Botanicals is a supplier of Tagetes minuta essential oil.

We are pleased to offer Tagetes EO to the market. We source this product in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Southern African countries are premium producers of Tagetes minuta oil with South Africa offering prime and excellent consistency.

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Afrika Botanicals is a trusted source for Tagetes essential oil

Supplier of the finest Tagetes essential oil

Tagetes minuta is regarded as a weed and grows prolifically in open land. We source from small producers collecting plants from previously cultivated and wild fields.

Why deal with us for your Tagetes minuta supply?

Afrika Botanicals sources and supplies Tagetes essential oil. 
We understand the export and import processes and will assist with all documentation.

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What is Tagetes minuta?

Tagetes minuta is a tall upright Marigold plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. It is native to the southern half of South America but has since been found worldwide, with a healthy abundance in Southern Africa.

Other names include Khaki bush, Khakibos, African Marigold, Southern Marigold, Wild Marigold, Mexican Marigold, Mexican Marie Gold, Muster John Henry, Stinking Roger, Black Mint and Mbanje.

Tagetes has traditionally been used in food preparation to produce a dye and as an insect repellent. More recently, Tagetes is being used in the perfume as an additive and a flavouring in the tobacco and soft drink industries.

Major Constituent: β-ocimene, dihydrotagetone, tagetone, tagetenone, and limonene.

Process for Producing Essential Oil

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We source Tagetes that is wild-harvested and remains a conventional essential oil until demand for an organic plant feedstock is realised. O

The oil is extracted using steam distillation of the flowers, leaves and stalks. Various parts of Southern Africa have slightly different harvest times, but the general trend is from the middle of March until the end of May. This is a 2 ½ mur plants are not grown commercially and empower rural unemployed people to cut and gather the plants.
By the middle of April – the Tagetes are usually in full flower. Varying seasonal precipitation and climate change presently affect the flowering and harvesting times.

Factors influencing the Quality and Yield

There are natural geographic variations that affect the quality of the oil. Southern Africa has a varying topography and rainfall that has a differing effect. Producers wild harvest from one area to produce consistency.

Climate change does play a role in differing consistency.

The optimal part of the plant to harvest is the flowers, and harvesting is crucial at this stage as there might only be a few days available.
The colour is determined by the ratio of flowers to stems in the distillation process, with fewer flowers producing a redder shade.
The oil is stored for nine to 12 months to enable stability and maturity.

It is crucial to store the oil at a constant temperature and in a cool dark place to ensure longevity and quality.
It has a shelf-life of between one and five years if following the recommendations for storage. Expect a natural deterioration after five years.


Benefits of Tagetas minuta


The oil has a wild-citrus-like smell and has a yellowish to reddish amber colour. It is of medium viscosity that turns thick if exposed to the air for a long time.


Insecticide and Pesticide: Tagetes oil is lethal to insects. It keeps away parasitic insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, bed bugs, lice, and everyday household insects such as cockroaches, ants, or termites. It repels flies and is one of the ingredients in insect repellent. It has many uses in the animal care environment and is found in dog shampoo to repel ticks and fleas.

Fungicide: It can assist with fungal infestation. Mix a 5% blend with water – shake well and spray it on the inside walls of greenhouses and barns.

Perfumes: It is also used in some fragrances, especially as a fixative and additive.

Health benefits

The therapeutic properties of Tagetes oil are anti-infectious, anti-microbial, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and antiseptic.

Disinfectant: The essential oil has anti-microbial, anti-parasitic and antibiotic properties. If used in a 5% dilution, it eliminates and inhibits maggot growth in open wounds and disinfects the area.
Insect bites:  It also works as a salve to soothe insect bites and stings. It is used as a blend with Castor oil for calluses and Athlete’s Foot.
Massage: It is often blended with various massage oils and applied topically.
Aromatherapy: In burners, vaporisers or steamers, the vapour from the oil can treat headaches, coughs, bronchitis, chest infections or be an insect repellent for a wide variety of insects. The smoke also acts as an antiseptic in a room.

Caution should be taken when using Tagetes Oil. It is potent and should be used sparingly on the skin (less than 0.5% dilution), not on sensitive skin, and avoided during pregnancy.
It is phototoxic and may cause photosensitivity, and should not be used in sunscreen cosmetic products.

The oil is regarded as volatile and is shipped as hazardous cargo.


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