Blue Tansy oil is a floral oil that lives in the shadow of more popular flower oils such as lavender oil and ylang-ylang oil. It is increasingly common in oil collections for good reason.
This oil hails from Morocco and features a beautiful blue hue. It emits a delightful, relaxing fragrance with notes of subtle floral sweetness. Find out more about blue tansy essential oil, how you can use it, and what you should watch out for.
What Is Blue Tansy Essential Oil?
Blue Tansy essential oil is made from the plant known by the botanical name Tanacetum annuum. It should not be confused with toxic tansy oil, which is made from the Tanacetum vulgare plant. The blue tansy plant is native to Morocco and the neighboring Mediterranean region.
Blue tansy is also known as Moroccan tansy, blue chamomile, or Moroccan chamomile. It derives its name from the vibrant blue hue when it is steam distilled. The actual plant part that is used to extract the oil is vibrant yellow flowers. The tincture doesn’t turn blue until it is extracted and processed through steam distillation.
It features a stunning deep blue color and a top-middle note fragrance. This essential oil is subtly floral and offers a mildly sweet aroma. Blue Tansy oil blends well with floral essential oils such as rose oil and helichrysum oil as well as herbs such as clary sage.
Uses of Blue Tansy Oil
Like many essential oils including lavender oil, blue tansy oil works directly on the nervous system to improve relaxation. Add a few drops of blue tansy oil to a diffuser and start to unwind by settling into a comfortable position and breathing deeply. You can also add it to a personal diffuser such as a bracelet or inhaler stick to relax on the road or in the office. Blue Tansy oil offers antibacterial and antifungal benefits that may help to clean and purify the air when used in a diffuser.
Blue Tansy oil is an excellent oil for muscle massages thanks to its medium consistency. This oil also boasts anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe sore and achy muscles. Always combine pure blue tansy oil with a carrier oil such as avocado oil, olive oil, or fractionated coconut oil. You can also add complementary essential oils such as frankincense or orange oil. Massage the mixture into sore muscles using a gentle, circular motion.
Blue Tansy oil can be added to the bath to help increase relaxation and decrease aches and pains. Combine 2 drops of blue tansy oil with 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Pour into the bathtub with some Epsom salts and soak your way to bliss.
Considerations When Using Blue Tansy Oil
The Food and Drug Administration does not approve the use of blue tansy oil in the treatment of any ailments. Always consult a qualified healthcare professional or aromatherapist before using essential oils.
The most common side effects associated with blue tansy essential oil are allergic reactions and skin irritation. When using blue tansy oil as a skin care product, make sure to mix it with a carrier oil before applying. Putting the highly concentrated oil directly on your skin may cause irritation including skin rash, redness, and a burning sensation. People with skin conditions such as eczema or sensitive skin should take extra precautions when using blue tansy oil topically.
Essential oils should not be used on children under the age of two years old. Young children have sensitive immune systems and are more likely to develop allergies to the oils. Keep essential oils out of reach of children to prevent accidental ingestion. Pregnant women or women who are nursing should ask a doctor before using essential oil products.
Blue Tansy oil may cause drug interactions with certain medications. If you take medications, consult a healthcare professional before using blue tansy oil as aromatherapy or topically.