Claire Levenberg
Claire Levenberg

Claire Levenberg is currently the Research & Development Manager for the iLAVA and iLAVAHEMP Brands and the Director of Science Operations for the Downtown and D2 Dispensaries.

She has been in the medical cannabis industry for 3 years now, with in-depth knowledge of Ethanol Extraction, Fractional Distillation, Butane Extraction, lab operations and requirements, and managing daily productions as well as researching new products. Her interests lie in researching new techniques, product development, and educational outreach.

Claire received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Arizona in Plant Sciences with a focus in Microbiology.

Essential oils, such as ylang-ylang oil and lavender oil are highly popular but the Blue Tansy oil is undoubtedly the rising star of the bunch. It has many cosmetic and medical benefits, and we have used it since ancient times for many different conditions.

Blue Tansy essential oil is rare, but it is even much rarer to find thorough scientific backing for its beneficial properties. Scientists are still trying to prove its skin healing capabilities fully. Can it irritate the skin, and what quantities or dosages are safe?

In this article, we will discuss several reasons to add this increasingly common essential oil, or its substitutes, to your collection. You will also learn about blue tansy essential oil’s origins, extraction process, all known benefits, how to use the oil and several precautions and side effects to be aware of.

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What is Blue Tansy?


Blue Tansy has two other names – Moroccan Tansy and Moroccan Chamomile. It is good for many pharmacological and cosmetic uses. The plant, which scientific name is Tanacetum annuum, is a tiny flower that has become more popular in recent years. The herbaceous Blue Tansy is now native to Morocco, but the plant originally came from the Mediterranean wild.

The slender leaves of the Tanacetum annuum are draped in an ethereal white “fur,” while the blooms are an unmistakable yellow. Note that Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) is a different plant from the common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

The Tanacetum annuum plant was very close to being extinct as beauty products ensured the near extinction of the flower because people harvested it without restraint. Nowadays, suppliers are increasing in number, but the plant still remains rare. The blue tansy essential oil is one of the most expensive. A 2-ounce vial could cost more than 100 USD.

It is a crucial ingredient in many products, such as anti-aging lotions and acne creams. Those who practice aromatherapy say Blue Tansy is an effective calming agent. Similarly, aestheticians praise its rare healing properties.

Pure Blue Tansy is priceless because it is rare. Being scarce makes adulterated Blue Tansy more common and also cheaper. Thus, anyone who wants pure Blue Tansy has to ensure that they are buying from a supplier who several knowledgeable people trust and have good reviews over the internet.

What color is blue tansy oil?

Blue tansy essential oil contains a high amount of chamazulene, giving it a characteristic dark blue color. After distillation with steam, the blue tansy oil has a lively blue hue.

What does blue tansy oil smell like?

Blue Tansy essential oil smells sweet. Their complex aroma is a blend of herbs and camphor. The aroma is mildly floral. It is also pleasant, calming, and refreshing at once. The sweet, herbal fragrance comes from its high camphor content.

Look out for the unmistakable blue color and a top-middle note aroma. Blue Tansy essential oil is slightly floral and offers a mildly sweet fragrance. It makes a sweet blend with floral essential oils like helichrysum oil and rose oil. It also sits well with herbs such as the clary sage.


How is The Blue Tansy Oil Made?

There is a painstaking process for making Blue Tansy essential oil. The plant’s stems and flowers are first picked fresh. Then, they go through steam distillation.

Chamazulene is released during this distillation process. It is a vital chemical of Blue Tansy. Chamazulene turns deep-blue under heat, to give the Blue Tansy oil its characteristic indigo-to-cerulean hue.

The quantity of chamazulene in the plant depends on the period from May to November, which is the span of the growing season. The guaiol and guaiazulene are responsible for reducing the body’s response to irritation.

How is it extracted?

We can extract the oil from the plant’s vibrant yellow flowers. Steam distillation is critical to remove Blue Tansy oil from Tanacetum annuum. Extraction occurs due to high-pressure, low-steam distillation. The tincture only turns blue after both the extraction and the distillation processes are completed.


Major Constituents

Apart from chamazulene, other constituents of Blue Tansy Essential Oil include:

  • 3,6-Dihydrochamazulene
  • a-Phellandrene
  • B-Eudesmol
  • B-Myrcenelen
  • B-Pinene
  • Camphor
  • Sabinene

What are the Benefits of Blue Tansy Oil?

Now we’ll consider the strengths of Blue Tansy essential oil. What can it actually do? What are its effects on the human body and are there any scientific evidences?

Conclusive research on Blue Tansy is scarce. Still, there are real-world and clinical applications of the Blue Tansy oil that suggest that it is effective in protecting the skin and remedying skin irritations, for instance.

The Blue Tansy is genetically similar to chamomile. It shares much of the chamomile’s calming qualities. Base Blue Tansy oil, mixed with a little shampoo helps with itchy scalp (rinse more thoroughly if you are a platinum blonde).
Let’s consider some of the other beneficial uses of Blue Tansy in the following sections. Have in mind that scientists are yet to prove fully every benefit, so always be cautious when taking the oil and watch out for unwanted side effects or reactions.

Calming effects

Typical essential oils work directly on the nervous system to enhance relaxation. Put a few drops of Blue Tansy oil to a diffuser and settle into a comfortable position, and then breathe deeply. You can also add the oil to a personal diffuser such as a bracelet or inhaler stick. Such a set-up can help you relax while in the office or on the road.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Blue Tansy oil may help reduce inflammation. There is ample evidence that two of its major components help with inflammation. These components are Sabinene and Camphor.

Camphor and sabinene reduce inflammation in the body. The American Chemical Society says chamazulene is also an anti-inflammatory agent.

Skin-healing effects

The high concentration of camphor in Blue Tansy oil also helps repair damaged skin.

One study exposed mice to UV radiation but found that camphor treatment helped the skin recover and rejuvenate. Camphor might help to heal wounds and clear out wrinkles.

The anti-inflammatory properties of Blue Tansy make it an excellent way to enhance healing and prevent any wound inflammation.

Some radiologists have employed spritzer bottles containing water and Blue Tansy oil to help treat skin for burns. These burns are sometimes due to cancer radiation treatments for cancer.

There is a need, though, for more studies to tell if Blue Tansy essential oil is effective in treating skin irritations.

Is Blue Tansy Oil good for hair?

Some hair care products also include Blue Tansy oil, and it will at least protect the scalp. However, there is not much information on whether Blue tansy can lead to healthier hair.

Antihistamine properties

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Blue Tansy is an antihistamine to reduce nasal congestion. Aromatherapists recommend drops in a bowl of steaming water to create an infused steam.

We can say that Blue Tansy’s anti-histaminic activity is well documented. It can modulate the histaminic response. Many aromatherapists carry this oil for contact irritation reactions.


Like other essential oils, Blue Tansy is anti-allergenic. It can neutralize histamines and stop their production. Therefore, it can help tame reactions to several allergens.

It works well for asthma patients who often struggle with allergens in their environment. Blend it with Ravensara and Lavender for the best results in coping with asthma and croup at night.

Antibacterial and Antifungal

Current antifungal remedies leave adverse side effects. They also make the individual need for new antifungal therapies that are urgent and unmet. Fungal infection rates are rising globally. The resulting infections increasingly impact healthcare systems. The development of new treatments is no longer a luxury. Many essential oils show significant antimicrobial and cytotoxic properties.

Some current therapies are toxic to the kidney and the liver.

Beyond the antibacterial and antifungal benefits of Blue Tansy oil, the oil may also help cleanse and purify the air when used in a diffuser.

Blue Tansy’s analgesic properties are what help it ease pain. Because of its antibacterial properties, there is a lower probability of infecting the wound.

Ease Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne

Did you know that using Blue Tansy oil can earn you a soothing feeling deep in your skin? It works great for skin that needs deep relaxation.

There is a simple way to make a calming serum for red, inflamed, blemished, or irritated skin. Dilute Blue Tansy oil with jojoba oil. Allow this true blue tonic on the skin for a while so your skin can soak it in.

Blue Tansy oil is highly effective against fungi that can cause skin infections. Skin diseases such as scabies, eczema, dermatitis, acne, and psoriasis have can be relieved with Blue Tansy oil.

Muscular Aches

Let’s say you have sore muscles, and other home remedies or foam rolling do not work for you. You will do well to resort to Blue Tansy oil for relief. It is effective for various kinds of muscle and joint pains.

Blue Tansy treats various inflamed conditions such as neuralgia, arthritis, and tendonitis. It also treats more generalized muscle ache. Rub some of it and another organic product along the shoulders or other joints. You will find relief.

Due to its medium consistency, Blue Tansy oil is excellent for muscle massages. It enhances anti-inflammatory qualities that help soothe aching and sore muscles. Be sure to add a carrier oil to pure Blue Tansy oil always.

If you desire to use complementary essential oils, great options include orange and frankincense oil.
One can wear off the effects of a grueling day at work using Blue Tansy drops to initiate relief. You can add drops of Blue Tansy oil to your bath to improve relaxation and reduce aches and pains.

Two drops of peppermint oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a bathtub with Epsom salts can help you drain away stress while you soak.


Blue Tansy and Khella oils have antihistamine-like characteristics that prevent might asthma attacks.

Some patients report that diffusing some Blue Tansy oil in an aroma lamp each morning has helped reduce their intake of allergy medications.


We have said that Blue Tansy essential oil is soothing. It is also reliable for sunburnt skin.

Mood Booster

Blue Tansy oil does not just focus on treating physical disease. It cures many depressing mental conditions. Anxiety, depression, anger, and nervousness are some of the negative psychological issues that Blue Tansy oil can deal with.
The aromatic nature boosts positivity in a person’s mind. It can also treat insomnia and control impulsive disorder.

Repels insects

Insects can be terrible. Many humans have even developed phobias to them. Some insect bites can be highly lethal but, Blue Tansy oil is up to the task.
Blue Tansy essential oil can do two critical things about insects:

  1. It can prevent insect bites.
  2. It can also treat existing insect bites by controlling itching and inflammation.

Soothes irritation

Blue Tansy is your skincare buddy when you want supple, glowing skin. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are second to none. The only possible contender may be chamomile.

Moisturizes skin

Blue Tansy oil’s moisturizing abilities help restore dry, itchy, and irritated skin. It also contains various essential ingredients for healthy skin. Your skin will remain fresh, glowing, and smooth.

How to Use Blue Tansy Oil

Having said much about the terrific wonders of Blue Tansy oil, how can anyone experience its healing prowess? We outline a few widely common methods below.

In a cream or carrier oil

First things first: always dilute Blue Tansy oil before it touches your skin. The same applies to all essential oils.

One or two drops of Blue Tansy oil in your body lotion, moisturizer, or cleanser can improve the respective product’s skin-rejuvenating effects.

You may also add several drops to a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil before using it on your skin. Other excellent carrier oils include olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, or avocado oil.


Topical applications of Blue Tansy oil on the body can:

  1. Treat skin irritations,
  2. Promote skin healing from wounds
  3. Manage muscle and joint pains.

Cosmetic use of Blue Tansy essential oil mostly relies on topical applications to be effective.

In a diffuser

The pleasant herbal scent of Blue Tansy oil gives a relaxing feeling. You enjoy the scent in your home with only a few drops in your diffuser.

Essential oils can trigger allergy symptoms or asthma in some individuals. Therefore, you should use them sparingly in public spaces such as your office.

In a spritzer

To make a spritzer for anti-inflammatory purposes:

  1. Pour 4 milliliters of Blue Tansy oil in a spray bottle containing 4 ounces of water.
  2. Shake the bottle vigorously to mix water and oil before spritzing.

If the blend is for treating your skin in the aftermath of radiation treatments, do not use aluminum spray bottles. Opt for glass bottles instead. Aluminum can interfere with radiation.

Can you ingest Blue Tansy Oil?

Many essential oils, including Blue Tansy oil, should not be ingested or taken internally, as it is poisonous. Ensure that it is far from other foods and beverages, and should be away from the reach of children.


Cautions, Safety, and Side Effects of Blue Tansy Oil

Most essential oils are poisonous. You should not ingest them or apply topically (on the skin) without proper dilution.

When you purchase Blue Tansy oil from any vendor, choose Tanacetum annuum (Blue Tansy) essential oil. Some people buy common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) oil and assume they have the real deal. Then they erroneously decide that Blue Tansy oil does not work. It’s precisely how a good dog gets a bad name.

Common tansy is rich in the chemical, thujone. Thujone is a toxic enzyme that is absent from Blue Tansy oil. If your aim is aromatherapy, do not use common tansy oil.

Some aromatherapy practitioners say Blue Tansy essential oil alleviates asthma symptoms. But, while some essential oils may help with asthma symptoms, others may give rise to an asthma episode.

Doctors at the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology say people with asthma should avoid using essential oil inhalers and diffusers. They advise so to lower the risk of bronchospasms and breathlessness.

Is Blue Tansy oil safe during pregnancy?

Speak to your doctor before using essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing a baby. The general recommendation is that small children, epileptic individuals, and pregnant women should avoid Blue Tansy oil. The full scope of infant medical reaction to the use of essential oils is yet unknown.

Does Blue Tansy oil stain?

When applied on the skin, Blue Tansy oil can leave a slight stain of blue color that fades after a short time. Dilute the oil to avoid this color of the stain.

Is Blue Tansy Essential Oil Toxic?

Blue tansy oil is non-toxic, making it safe for aromatherapy. However, common tansy oil is toxic because it contains thujone so be very careful and always make sure that you use blue tansy one!

What to Look for When Choosing Blue Tansy Oil

You want the highest quality when you buy essential oils. It’s quite similar to purchasing motor spirit. You would prefer the highest octane grade possible. There are several things such as reading, that you can do to get the very best Blue Tansy oil. It’s crucial to do this, considering it is right up there among the most expensive essential oils.

  1. Read the label details like you were going for a life-changing job interview.
  2. When you read the label, make sure the botanical name Tanacetum annuum is present on the label. If it is Tanacetum vulgare, that is common tansy (the one you should avoid).
  3. Ensure it is not a blend of Blue Tansy oil and vegetable oil. Such a recipe often yields lower quality oil.
  4. Ensure the packaging is a dark glass bottle. Such bottles preserve the oil for a long time.
  5. Carefully consider any review of the Blue Tansy product, and ensure that the review is from a knowledgeable person within the industry.
  6. Ask as many questions as possible about things like cost (you can use email) before you add the Blue Tansy oil product to your shopping cart. Choose your shipping option when you know what it will cost you.
  7. Beware of unscrupulous dealers who may recommend their common tansy is the real deal. Common tansy is never a blue color, and if the product contains significant amounts of thujone, then it is adulterated. A copyright notice on the bottle can help establish authenticity.

What substitutes are there for Blue Tansy oil?

The best essential oil substitutes for Blue Tansy oil include:

  • Roman chamomile oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Great mugwort oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Marjoram essential oil
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Ylang-ylang essential oil
  • Ravensara essential oil
  • iLAVAHEMP Touch – This is our unique blend of full spectrum topical CBD cream and 11 essential oils, including blue tansy oil. Combined together they are a home remedy for dozens of conditions and skin issues.

If you are not sure if you should use Blue Tansy oil or any other essential oil at all, you better speak with your doctor first. Medical practioners will always give you the best advice for your health. 


Blue Tansy and Blue Tansy essential oil are growing in popularity. Still, more research is necessary to define its healing properties and effects on the human body.

Blue Tansy and its various constituents display skin-calming, antihistamine, and anti-inflammatory effects, along many others. On the other hand, common tansy is toxic. Keep this in mind when you shop for Blue Tansy essential oil.

And never forget! Always talk to your health professional to know if Blue Tansy oil is safe or even beneficial for your condition.

Have you tried blut tansy before? Do you have any questions that steel need answers? Feel free to drop us a message in the comments below and tell us about your case. 

Our team of professionals will be happy to provide you with an expert advice.

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