How to make Tagetes salve

Here is my experience with creating Tagetes salve from the harvested marigold blooms.

It begins with growing organically. This past winter I hauled in loads of horse manure from a barn that uses fresh pine shavings in the stalls. I composted it and then added red wiggler worms to increase the microbes and nutrient levels by as much as 7%. My marigolds, and other plants, have reaped the benefits – some are enormous, and I have no pests!

Read the scientific research in simple terms here: Tagetes

I harvested the Tagetes blooms and wilted them in the sun by spreading them across a white sheet for 6 hours to remove moisture.

I then shredded them in a food processor. The colors whizzed frantically like a psychedelic trip and the pungent scent filled my kitchen.

[The tall glass jar is filled with Tagetes dried in a food dehydrator to use as tea. The short jar is Tagetes salve.]

Day 1 – For this generic batch, here are the measurements for the Tagetes infused oil:

1 ½ PACKED cups of shredded Tagetes blooms

3 ½ cups extra virgin olive oil

Crock pot on LOW 200 degrees. Placed shredded blooms into crock pot and covered with the oil – 12 hours. Sieved with a cheesecloth. Let cool. Yielded a 1quart jar ¾ full. (Do not place lid until cool. Label lid and jar with herb and carrier oil.)

Day 2 – I created the Tagetes Salve:

Fill crock pot with about 1 ½ inches of water and line bottom with a clean cloth to prevent jars from moving around. Set on High 350 degrees.


3-ounce jars

Infused Oil of Tagetes

Coconut Oil – Food Lion brand

100% Natural Soy Wax by Country Lane

Canola oil -Food Lion brand

Bamboo Skewers for stirring

Paper Towels for work areas


Fill each jar with 100% Natural Soy Wax by Country Lane ¾ full

Add 1 heaping tablespoon of Coconut Oil – Food Lion brand

Add 1/4 cup Canola oil -Food Lion brand

Wipe jars and rims free of wax and place in crock pot. Do NOT cover. Remove when melted. Let cool. ADD 3 drops vitamin E oil (preservative) and 22mL (1/8 cup) essential oil of Tagetes. Optional: Add 2 drops of essential oil of lavender if you are not pleased with the natural aroma of this salve. Stir with bamboo skewers. When completely cool, add lid and labels.

This salve is creamy and absorbs quickly and effortlessly which is imperative when dealing with painful skin ailments.

“In scientific studies, essential oil of T. patula exhibited significant antioxidant activity. As a topical, it is effective in treating corns, warts, athlete’s foot, calluses, parasitic infestations and resistant fungal infections, insect bites and radiation damaged skin.

Because Tagetes is phytotoxic, meaning that it increases the sun’s intensity, use in the evening or avoid the sun.

This article does not intend to replace the advice of a physician. I am just a grandmother who enjoys research and nature’s rewards.

Have a great day!

Your watchdog



“The Benefits of Calendula Officianalis for Protection Against the Harmful Side Effects of Radiation.” Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week, 7 Oct. 2017, p. 5151. General OneFile Accessed 24 July 2019.

“Oncology Clinician Embraces Skin Care Benefits of Calendula.” Clinical Oncology Week, 3 Aug. 2015, p. 26. Health Reference Center Academic Accessed 24 July 2019.

Essential Oil Contents and Antioxidant Activity of Tagetes patula L.

J. S. Negi ,V. K. Bisht,A. K. Bhandari &R. C. Sundriyal

Pages 364-367 | Received 01 Oct 2011, 15 Mar 2012, Published 17 Sep 2013

Antibacterial and Antifungal Activities of Different Parts ofTagetes patula.: Preparation of Patuletin Derivatives

Shaheen Faizi,Humaira Siddiqi,Samina Bano,Aneela Naz,Lubna,Khalida Mazhar, show all

Pages 309-320 | 08 Oct 2007

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