Tansy, Common (Tanacetum vulgare) Essential Oil

Tansy, Common (Tanacetum vulgare) Essential Oil

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Tansy, Common (Tanacetum vulgare) Essential Oil

Tansy, Common (Tanacetum vulgare) Essential Oil

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Tansy, Common (Tanacetum vulgare) Essential Oil
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Plant description

Latin Name : Tanacetum vulgare (Chrysanthemum vulgare)
English Name : Tansy (Common), Bitter buttons, Scented Fern
French Name : Tanaisie vulgaire, Barbotine
Family : Asteraceae
Origin : Canada

History and Origin

 Common tansy is a vigorous plant native to Eurasia now widely distributed in North America and often considered as a weed. Yet, it is strongly scented and offers a wide range of uses. As an example, in Europe, the leaf is commonly used as an aromatic for eggs and omelettes. Tansy also plays a role in the European medicinal heritage, traditionally used to get rid of worms, colds and flu, dyspepsia and cramp pains. The hydrosol is used to keep the complexion pale and the bruised leaves employed as a cure for scabies, bruises, sprains and rheumatisms. The Amerindians notably use it as an analgesic, contraceptive, tonic, antiparasitic and anti-abortive (wearing the leaves around the waist or in the shoes). Interestingly, a tansy liquid can be sprayed on your garden plants to prevent or treat rust and powdery mildew or get rid of parasites like the white fly and aphids.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part : Aerial Part
Extraction : Steam distillation
Main Components : ß-thujone, camphor, germacrene-D
Oil Characteristics : Transparent yellow liquid with a warm, spicy and herbaceous smell.
Properties : Tonic, anticatarrhal, mucolytic+, expectorant, anthelminthic +++, anti-parasitic+++, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, emmenagogue++, antifungal++
Indications : Intestinal worms+++, external parasites (scabies, louse, fleas), warts

Energetic and Emotional Effect

Common tansy is an energetic protection oil as can indicate its therapeutic properties.

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Tansy can be used as a condiment in cooking and was used to prepare alcoholic beverages.


Tansy is sometimes comprised in herbaceous perfumes. Besides, it can be used as a fixing agent.


Common Tansy has a repulsive effect on some insects like ticks. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18283947


  • Because of its high thujone content (neurotoxic and abortive), tansy essential oil has to be avoided in babies, children and pregnant women.
  • This oil contains ketones and must be used carefully.
  • Since tansy oil contains neurotoxic components, it must be used with great precaution when consumed internally.


Documentation and References

  • MARIE VICTORIN, La Flore Laurentienne, Gaëtan Morin Éditeur.
  • LAWLESS, Julia, The Illustraded Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Element.
  • MOERMAN, Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Timber Press.
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