Marigold - western medicine

Marigold species are being investigated for their potential benefits to health. A number of compounds have been identified.

Active compounds

Marigold flowers (from both Tagetes erecta and Tagetes patula) contain compounds called carotenoids. One of these is lutein. Carotenoids, including lutein, may help reduce the risk of some age-related eye disorders such as cataracts.

The essential oil from the leaves of Tagetes erecta has been reported to have some anti-fungal and insecticidal properties, and the flowers of Tagetes patula have been associated with anti-inflammatory activity.


Marigold may react with the skin of some sensitive individuals when used as an essential oil.

This information is provided for general interest only. It is not intended as guidance for medicinal use. Further information on using herbal medicines is available.