Tanacetum Annuum, better known as blue tansy is a moroccan chamomile found in the northwestern parts of Morocco. The dried flowers of moroccan chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids that contribute to its many medicinal properties.
Blue tansy essential oil is prepared through steam distillation which results in a range of colours from brilliant blue to deep green. However, after a period of storage the oil will turn dark yellow. Despite this, blue tansy will not lose its potency.
What does blue tansy do for our skin?
Tanacetum Annuum contain 37 different classes of bioactive constituents that have been isolated to be used in cosmetics.
One of these constituents is chamazulene. Azulene has anti-inflammatory properties and is able to penetrate below the skin’s surface into deeper layers making it extremely important as topical anti-inflammatory agent.
Tanacetum Annuum is also composed of sabinene and camphor that contribute to its antifungal activity against Botrytis cinerea, Helminthosporium oryzae, Alternaria solani, Pyricularia oryzae and Verticillium dahliae. Blue tansy oil has found to completely inhibit the mycelial growth of each of those fungi named above.