Commonly known as Mexican Tarragon, this is a true marigold (Tagetes sp.) species from Mexico. Long used in sacred rituals by Mesoamerican civilizatiuons as both incesne, offerings, and shamanic medicine, this beautiful flowering herb is delicious in culinary dishes. The plant was sacred to the rain deities, Tlaloc and Chalchiutlicue. Tagetes lucida is still in use today primarily as a tea to treat the common cold, intestinal gas and diarrhea. Tagetes lucida also had many culinary uses by the Aztecs including as one of the ingredients added to make the drink chocolatl, which gave it a spicy flavor. Fresh or dried leaves are also used as a tarragon substitute for flavoring soups and sauces. A pleasant anise-flavored tea is brewed using the dried leaves and flower heads tahts is primarily used medicinally in Mexico and Central America. A yellow dye can also be obtained from the flowers, and when the plant is dried and burnt, it is used as an incense and to repel insects
1/4-1/2 tsp per packet.