Blue Tansy essential oil is obtained from the leaves, flowers, and stems of the plant Tanacetum annuum. The name Blue Tansy is actually a misnomer; the plant itself is a yellow-flowered Mediterranean herb native to Morocco.
The oil of the Blue Tansy plant belongs to a group called the chamomile oils, which also includes Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. In this context, it is no surprise that Blue Tansy is sometimes referred to as “Moroccan Blue Chamomile.” Chamazulene, a chemical component in Blue Tansy, provides the characteristic indigo color and is recognized for its skin soothing benefits. At the same time, the main chemical component Sabinene helps diminish the appearance of blemishes. Uplifting to the mood, Blue Tansy provides a sweet aroma to fill any room. It’s perfect for massaging into skin with fractionated coconut oil or lotion after a long day of work or intense exercise to aid the body in the natural recovery process.
What each of the chamomile oils has in common is the presence of a compound called chamazulene. Chamazulene’s intense blue color is what gives all the chamomile oils their hue. Interestingly enough, chamazulene is actually formed during steam distillation, which explains why the oils are blue but the plants they come from are not. A sesquiterpene compound called matricin, which is found naturally in the aerial parts of chamomile plants, goes through a reaction when it is in the presence of water vapor at high temperatures. The reaction product is chamazulene, a sesquiterpene with a deep blue hue and soothing properties. Chamazulene has surface cleansing properties and may also help to soothe the skin when applied topically. Its soothing properties are believed to come from its ability to affect certain enzymes involved in the production of inflammatory biomolecules. Of all the chamomile oils, Blue Tansy is the oil with the greatest chamazulene content. This means that it has the most powerful soothing effect on the tissues. However, remember that with great power comes great responsibility. There is so much chamazulene in Blue Tansy that the oil can actually stain skin and surfaces blue, so it must be used carefully.
Myrcene and Sabinene
Aside from its high chamazulene content, Blue Tansy oil is also unique because of its high sabinene and myrcene content. Sabinene is a cyclic monoterpene known for its woody and spicy aroma, its ability to support healthy immune function and response, soothe the skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes, and for its powerful antioxidant activity. Myrcene is a straight-chain monoterpene that supports a healthy nervous system, protects against skin aging due to UV exposure, has antioxidant effects, and may help relieve discomfort by acting on targets in the peripheral nervous system.
Primary benefits of Blue Tansy oil
- Helps reduce the appearance of blemishes
- Uplifts mood when used aromatically
- Provides a soothing sensation when applied to the skin
Uses for Blue Tansy oil
- Diffuse to uplift mood and create a positive atmosphere.
- Add a drop to 1 or 2 oz of your favorite moisturizer or cleanser and apply topically to help reduce the appearance of blemishes or soothe skin irritation.
- Include 1 or 2 drops in lotion for a restoring massage after a stressful day or extreme workout.
How to use
- Diffusion: Use one to two drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity or temporary staining.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. May stain surfaces, fabrics, and skin.