What's Inside Blue Tansy Essential Oil?
by Atanaska Adams
Tanacetum annuum’s leaves, flowers, and stems are used to make blue tansy essential oil. The plant itself is a yellow-flowered Mediterranean herb native to Morocco; the term “Blue Tansy” is actually a misnomer. The Blue Tansy plant’s oil is a member of the same family as chamomile oils, which also includes German and Roman chamomile. The fact that Blue Tansy is sometimes described to as “Moroccan Blue Chamomile” in this context is not surprising.
The perfume of Blue Tansy essential oil is energizing, sweet, and herbaceous. It fosters a good mood and soothes the emotions. Due to its capacity to reduce tension, stress, and irritation, blue tansy is a crucial component of doTERRA Balance® Grounding Blend.
WHERE DID BLUE TANSY COME FROM?
The blue tansy plant, a fragrant member of the daisy family with tiny blooms that grow in close clusters, is used to make doTERRA Blue Tansy, which is distilled from the plant’s flowers, leaves, and stems. Unexpectedly, the blossoms are yellow rather than blue. The presence of chamazulene in the oil, which develops during the steam-distillation process, is what gives it its deep blue hue. The skin is calmed and soothed by chamazulene.
Northern Morocco is the source of doTERRA Blue Tansy essential oil, where the subtropical temperature and cooling seaside breezes are ideal for the plant’s growth.
Fun Fact: Due to Blue Tansy’s dark color, it’s best to dilute this oil prior to use to ensure it doesn’t stain fabric, skin or any surfaces.
WHAT’S INSIDE DOTERRA’S BLUE TANSY ESSENTIAL OIL?
- There is a substance called chamazulene that both blue tansy and German chamomile contain. Their hue comes from the strong blue color of chamazulene. Surprisingly, chamazulene is created during the steam distillation process, which explains why the oils are blue although the plants they come from are not. When exposed to water vapor at high temperatures, the sesquiterpene molecule matricin, which is naturally present in the aerial portions of plants, undergoes a reaction. Chamazulene, a sesquiterpene with a deep blue colour, is the reaction result. The oil from blue tansy has a fair amount of chamazulene. This indicates that it might have potent calming effects.
- In addition to having chamazulene, Blue Tansy oil also has sabinene and myrcene, which make it special. A cyclic monoterpene called sabinene has a woody, spicy scent. Additionally, according to experimental research, it might be calming and aid in minimizing the visibility of skin blemishes.
Plant Part: Flower/Leaf/Stem
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Aromatic Description: Fruity, mellow, balsamic
Chemical Components: Sabinene, Chamazulene, p-Cymene, α-Phellandrene, ß-Pinene, Camphor
HOW TO USE BLUE TANSY
Due to its capacity to support a clear complexion, blue tansy essential oil is appreciated as a component in high-end skincare products. This is because the primary chemical in blue tansy, sabinene, works to make wrinkles, fine lines, and blemishes less noticeable.
Camphor, an ingredient of blue tansy, is well known for relieving stress when applied topically. After exercise, Blue Tansy is calming when used topically, making it a calming complement to a massage lotion.
Here are other ways on how to use Blue Tansy:
- Apply a drop topically after mixing it with your preferred moisturizer or cleanser to help fade scars or calm rashes.
- Add one or two drops to lotion for a relaxing massage after a demanding workout or hectic day.
- Massage the shoulders and neck with a mixture of a few drops of Blue Tansy, fractionated coconut oil, lavender, or helichrysum for a calming massage.
- Internal use of Blue Tansy, is not advised.
Happy Skin Serum with Blue Tansy Essential Oil
Whenever I’m feeling down and wanted to give my skin a little more TLC, here’s my go-to facial serum (I’m not going to be ashamed to say I have these in my bathrooms and in my bag whenever I’m traveling from the US to Bulgaria).
What you need:
- 20 drops of Blue Tansy essential oil
- 10 drops Copaiba
- 20 drops Myrrh
- 30 drops Frankincense
- 45 ml doTERRA’s Fractionated Coconut Oil (or you can also use Jojoba oil)
- Combine everything in a glass roller bottle and shake well before using.
- Avoid your serum bottle to be exposed in sunlight.
- Apply to evening before bed, before moisturizer.