Blue Tansy (also known as Moroccan Blue Chamomile)
Plant Origin: Morocco
Cultivation: Wild crafted; Distilled Fall 2015
Method: Steam distilled from flowering tops
Chemical Family: Ketone
Aroma: Sweet, fruity, wine-like with camphorous and herbaceous undertones
Color: Dark Indigo Blue due to chamazulene content
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# BLT-104
dihydrochamazulene isomer 4.42%
Pregnancy/Lactation? No known hazards or contraindications.
Not to be confused with Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), which is classifed as toxic and neurotoxic, Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) is considered useful and desirable in aromatherapy.
Blue Tansy is deep indigo with a sweet, honey-apple, wine-like aroma. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-itching, hormone-like and relaxant. Kurt Schnaubelt notes: "Tanacetum annuum apparently works at an early stage of the inflammation cascade, preventing the synthesis of the proteins that would transmit inflammation. Experience in the aromatherapy community suggests that this oil is nontoxic and its liberal addition to preparations for topical or inhalation is free of risks" (Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils p. 27).
"Translation factors such as NF-kappa beta are key regulators of inflammatory and immune responses. They are essential for the transcription of multiple pro-inflammatory molecules. Sesquiterpene lactones, for instance, from Arnica herb or Inula graveolens or Tanacetum annuum essential oil, have been demonstrated to be effective against inflammatory processes by preventing activation of translation factors such as NF-kappa beta by different inflammation stimuli" (Schnaubelt: Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils).
"Through its sesquiterpene lactones, Tanacetum annuum modulates the cascade of events that mediate inflammation, ultimately slowing or decreasing the release of histamine."
A classic blend for allergy relief consists of 4.5 ml MQV [Niaouli], 0.5 ml Tanacetum annuum [Blue Tansy], and 3 to 4 drops of Peppermint oil. Allergy symptoms such as runny nose and watery, itchy eyes can be minimized by simply applying 1 or 2 drops of this blend topically on the face. It is advantageous to wash or rinse the face with cold water, simply to create an extra degree of cooling, and then apply the oils on the moist facial skin. While this treatment will not cure the susceptibility to the allergen, it will make the symptoms more bearable. Over time it will contribute to undoing the mistaken conditioning of the immune system" (Schnaubelt: Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, page 147.)
In Medical Aromatherapy, Schnaubelt writes that Blue Tansy has "good anti-histaminic and/ or anti-allergic properties," and notes that it can be used in blends for asthma (between ribs at top of stomach) and for emphysema (in diffuser: 10 parts Pinus sylvestris, 5 parts cypress, 1 part Tanacetum). It is also used to help calm down dermatitis inflammations resulting from many different causes. Schnaubelt suggests a topical blend that consists of 5 ml sesame oil, 3 drops Helichrysum [Blend], and 2 drops Tanacetum annuum. "This blend works as a first-aid remedy for painful sunburns or other situations where skin is actually damaged." This combination has been used in a water-based spray to ease the effects of radiation treatments.
Anti-fungal - skin issues, running ears, hair issues, dysentery
Anti-inflammatory - especially of the skin but also respiratory, digestive and nervous systems, sciatica
Anti-histaminic - allergies, rashes, itches, severe coughs, asthma, breathing issues, continuous sneezing or hiccups. Blue tansy neutralizes histamine and checks further production.
Anti-Viral - common cold, mumps, measles and chicken pox
Febrifuge - reduces fever by fighting the bacteria, viral or fungal invader
Insecticide - insect repellent when used in fumigants, diffusers or sprays.
Hormone Stimulant - stimulates endocrine glands and increases secretion of hormones. Particularly effective on thyroid and thymus glands, which directly affects growth and maturity.
Sedative - anxiety, depression, anger, convulsions, nervous afflictions, epileptic and hysteric attacks, impulsive behavior
Vermifuge - intestinal and parasitic worms such as round worms, tape worms and hook worms
Hopewell Essential Oil blends with Blue Tansy
Regeneration for Bones and Joints
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart):
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and use as desired. The blue color may stain. Schnaubelt notes that external use "seems to display its strongest effects if its maximum concentration in a blend does not exceed 5%."
Inhalation: Directly inhale; diffuse
1. I used Blue Tansy for a pulled muscle in my neck, and it really helped and has a soothing aroma. - Veronica
Not to be used by women with endocrine imbalance (Jeanne Rose).
Pharmaceutical Drug Cautions
May possibly potentiate the action of some antidepressants. "Since chamazulene inhibits CYP1A2, CYP34A and CYP2D6, there is a theoretical risk of interaction between blue tansy oil and drugs metabolized by these enzymes" (Tisserand/Young).
Caution (all routes of application): Drugs metabolized by CYP2D6.
Caution (oral): Drugs metabolized by CYP1A2 or CYP3A4.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Purchon, Nerys; Cantele, Lora, Complete Aromatheapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, page 111.
Rose, J, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Frog Ltd, 1999, page 52.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2111, page 27, 52, 147.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy, 1995, page 210.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 438-439.