True Blues with Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)

Blue Tansy is one of the newest single oils to hit doTERRA’s expansive line of essential oils, although it’s been part of doTERRA Balance® and Deep Blue® formulas for a while now.

Blue Tansy is also known as Tanacetum annuum, which shouldn’t be confused with common tansy, Tanacetum vulgare. They do share some properties, both are fragrant, have yellow button flowers, have many uses, and should not be taken internally. (You may remember hearing about common tansy before, on the introduction to helichrysum, as the two share a very similar flower shape.)

However, Blue Tansy has a very unique chemical profile and definitely can’t be used interchangeably with common tansy! (Accept no substitutes – it’s important for your health and safety!)

Blue Tansy:

  • Contains no thujone (the chemical famous in absinthe for allegedly producing dream-like states)
  • Contains high amounts of chamazulene, which gives the oil a blue color
  • Comes from Morocco, and is also called Moroccan Blue Chamomile (for its similarity in appearance to chamomile!)
  • Goes from yellow flowers to blue essential oil during the distillation process, as chamazulene is formed

Blue Tansy has a sweet, fruity scent, and pairs really well with woody aromas. Try it in your diffuser when you feel the need to shake off a funk. Essentials like geranium, juniper, or the classic lavender should pair quite nicely for a relaxing and uplifting combo. There are some claims of possible anti-histamine action, making it a good one for the diffuser by your desk or bedside during fall when the air quality is affected by late flowers & leaf mold. There’s a classic decongestant, camphor, in the chemical profile of Blue Tansy, too.

Since Blue Tansy is a strong essential oil, it can’t be repeated enough: don’t take this one internally. Even with guidance. And when you use it for skin preparations to help with blemishes or in bath products like DIY blue soap, use a light hand, and always use a carrier oil when applying directly. Plus, you don’t want to get stained blue! It really is a true blue oil. (Blue Tansy has been used in plant-based dyes for hundreds of years!)

Blue Tansy oil will be available October 2, 2017, so get ready. It’s a very pretty, versatile oil and I can’t wait! Don’t forget, Wellness Advocates get discounts, so sign up if you haven’t yet!

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