Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?

I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.

We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.

As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.

Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.

And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you are currently taking. 

Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.


Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…




Pronounced as “tah-JEE-teez,” tagetes is a sweet and citrusy scent.  And is popularly known as marigold oil.  Native to Africa, marigolds where gathered in bunches to ward off flies and mosquitoes. The oil is extracted from the plant’s flowers, leaves, and stalks.



  • Fungal and Parasitic infections
  • Respiratory Illnesses
  • Wounds



  1. In a vaporizer
  2. In a massage oil blend
  3. In a bath
  4. In a cream blend or lotion blend


  • Clary Sage
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Tangerine/Mandarin



Use tagetes oil sparingly. Tagetes is a photosensitizing oil, so don’t use it if you expect to be out in the sun within 12 hours of application, and never add tagetes oil to tanning or sunscreen blends.

Pregnant women should avoid tagetes oil.



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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press

ISBN #9780989558693

Information pulled June 28, 2020

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