Blue Tansy

Blue Tansy (tanacetum annuum) is native to Morocco and is in fact, sometimes called Moroccan Chamomile. It is an annual, yellow-flowered herbaceous plant with finely divided leaves and button-like yellow flowers. It is likened to chamomile and helichrysum which have similar properties.

Amazingly, it takes 3.8 lb / 1.72 kg of plant material to make a 5ml bottle of pure essential oil, hence it’s a highly-priced oil.

As an essential oil, Blue Tansy can be used aromatically and topically. It may help to reduce the appearance of blemishes and provide a soothing sensation when applied to the skin.

Whilst I quite enjoy the aroma of Blue Tansy, during the online deep dive into essential oils class we discovered it was not people’s favourite smell at all. In its defence though, it blends well with other oils and seems to add sweetness and tones down strong aromas.

For example, when added to Lemongrass which is a rather powerful smell, it rounds it off rather well and is equally as nice in my opinion. Another good reason for blending Blue Tansy is that it means we can make it last longer, it is worth every penny invested.

It is excellent for adding that ‘calming down’ element! So be bold, go ahead and add this one to your collection, it can definitely hold its own. This is an oil to be cherished for its nurturing qualities and one I am now including in my self-care routine, even if it is a drop a day in my diffuser or adding to my face moisturiser.

This oil is a beauty, it reminds me of blackberries and the month of September and harvest time – I really love it. It makes me think of the last of summer days just before we move into autumn time.

If you want to purchase some Blue Tansy from me, please get in touch or you can visit my webshop hereMy favourite brand, doTERRA is the world’s largest essential oil company that invest in ongoing scientific research. For me, they are the best essential oils I’ve met.

Extraction method Black Tansy essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowers, leaves and stem of the plant
Place of origin Morocco
Aroma Fruity, mellow, balsamic
Properties antibacterial, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-rheumatic, hypotensive, sedative
Body systems skin & nervous system
Blends with Clary Sage, Coriander, Fennel, Geranium, Helichrysum, Juniper Berry, Laurel Leaf, Lavender, Lemongrass, Litsea, Melaleuca, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Spearmint, Turmeric, Ylang Ylang (is in doTERRA’s Balance Grounding Blend & Deep Blue Soothing Blend)
Practical use
  • Aromatic: inhale from bottle or add a drop to a tissue, diffuse 3-4 drops in diffuser, uplifting & positive properties
  • Topical: apply one to two drops to desired area, or minor skin irritations for a soothing effect, add to a hot bath, use with skin care products add one or two drops to moisturiser or cleanser and apply topically to hydrate and soothe skin, massage into skin
Historical use
  • In ancient India, Blue Tansy essential oil was sometimes blended with Frankincense and Rose for spiritual practices
  • The scent of the flowers was believed to help the spirits of the dead on their journey to the afterlife, placed on an ancestral altar to honour loved ones or used to contact spirits
  • Historically, a tea brewed from Blue Tansy’s dried flowers or leaves was used as a parasitic to treat intestinal worms
Emotional use The Oil of Inspired Action – Blue Tansy helps to transform procrastination, resistance to change and inner guidance, feeling uninspired, exhaustion, lethargy and self-sabotage TO feeling energised, motivated, purposeful, and ability to take responsibility

Solar Plexus – purposeful action

Interesting facts
  • The chemical component Chamazulene in Blue Tansy gives it its indigo colour – it can be quite a surprise when you see it for the first time!
  • Used in manufacturing for its natural fragrance and as a natural dye for its valued indigo colour
  • Like Black Pepper, Blue Tansy may help with addictions and improving self-control
  • The name ‘tansy’ of this flowering plant comes from the Greek word ‘Athanaton,’ which translates to “immortal”
  • In its herb form, Blue Tansy may be calming to nerves
Safety data Possible skin sensitivity, keep out of reach of children, consult your doctor if pregnant or in treatment, avoid eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas, may stain surfaces & fabrics, and temporarily stain skin




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