Tansy Blue Essential Oil

Adam Michael has this to say “Many comparisons therapeutically speaking are made with tansy blue and German chamomile which is understandable as the major components within the chemistry are very similar. The key component is azulene which is found in chamomile oils in percentages that vary greatly. Another important constituent which does not get the attention it warrants is a-bisabolol and between the two (which account for over 40% of this oil) you have plant material with exceptional ability to cool, calm and soothe sensitive skins types.

The colour is a beautiful deep blue and whilst the aroma is of similarity to German chamomile I feel this material has a creamy, fruity and sweet middle note that is not present in German Chamomile. Should you buy a bottle of tansy for purposes of aromatherapy please remember to stay away from tansy with the botanical name – Tanacetum vulgaris as this species contains approximately 60% thujones and is a big no no.

I will finish by saying if you are a keen gardener like I am then you may wish to consider growing Tanacetum balsamita commonly known as English mace and sweet mary. I have this growing in my own garden as I think it’s quite elegant visually, especially when you get to see the little daisy flowers. Also when anyone in the family gets a bee sting all you have to do is pick the leaves and rub on the sting and the pain vanishes. The only better material for treating bee stings is probably aloe vera with a drop of helichrysum – species italicum or angustifolium.”

Botanical Name: Tanacetum annuum

Origin: Morocco