Benefits of Amarillo
This flowered plant is popularly known as “Marigold” in English and comes with a scientific name Tagetes Patula. It is sometimes considered the same with Ahito (Tagetes erecta) but Quisumbing’s and other compilations list them as separate species. Well, they actually look like the same except that the latter is smaller, with finer leaves and smaller heads.
It is known to be native of Mexico. Here in Philippines, it is thoroughly naturalized in Lepanto and the Benguet Sub provinces, along gravel banks and streams. Although, Amarillo is widely cultivated for ornamental purposes, it still provides different benefits to our health. In fact, its flowers are used in refreshing drinks. It is considered as carminative and refreshing. Thus, it is used for treatment of indigestion, colic, severe constipation, coughs, and dysentery. In addition, Amarillo leaves and essential oil can be used as food flavoring.