Tansy Essential Oil properties
Tansy oil has a pungent aroma.
Origin of tansy oil
This hardy perennial herb is a native from Europe and grows to about 1 meter (3 feet) high and has a smooth stem, dark green ferny leaves, and small, round brilliant yellow flowers borne in clusters.
The whole plant is strongly scented and the gypsies regarded it as a 'cure-all'. It was used for expelling worms, to treat colds and fevers, to prevent miscarriages and to ease dyspepsia.
Tansy oil is high in thujone, a poison that can cause convulsions, vomiting and uterine bleeding. Death is normally the result of respiratory arrest and organ degeneration.
Tansy oil is extracted from the whole plant by steam distillation.
The main chemical components of tansy oil are thujone, isopinocamphone, camphor, borneol, camphone, artemisone and piperitone.
Tansy oil is extracted from Tanadetum vulgare (also known as Chrysanthemum vulgare and C. tanacetum) from the Asreraceae (Compositae) family and also known as bachelors' button and scented fern.
It should not be used in aromatherapy as it can cause convulsions and epileptic-like attacks, and even small doses can be lethal.