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Getting to Know Blue Tansy

Blue Tansy essential oil comes from the beautiful, sustainable, yellow-flowered plant Tanacetum Annuum. Due to its Moroccan origin, many people know this plant as Moroccan Tansy or Moroccan Chamomile, as the flower is in the same plant group as Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. In order to extract the essential oil, farmers and distilleries harvest the plant from mid-July through September and use a steam distillation process.

Despite coming from a yellow-flowered plant, Blue Tansy gets its name from its deep indigo blue color. The thing responsible for this color? A chemical compound called chamazulene, which, interestingly enough, is a result of the steam distillation process. In short, chamazulene is made when as natural elements in the tansy plant react to the hot water vapor. Although you cannot find chamazulene in the Moroccan Tansy's original state, this unique compound helps bring out the plant's natural therapeutic and aromatherapeutic benefits.

Blue Tansy essential oil is well-known for its soothing properties, particularly when applied topically to inflamed skin or itchy bug bites. It is also great for reducing the appearance of skin blemishes. If you do decide to use Blue Tansy topically, however, keep in mind that its intense blue color could actually stain the skin. The stain isn't permanent, but you can avoid darker stains by wiping off any excess oil with a damp cloth. Other topical uses for Blue Tansy include:

  • Reducing muscle cramps
  • Reducing the number of bacteria, fungi, or viruses in your system
  • Ease nerve pain
  • Ease discomfort created by acute arthritis or fibromyalgia

If you prefer to diffuse your oils, you'll want to add Blue Tansy to your collection. Blue Tansy is great for uplifting the mood, relieving congestion, and alleviating seasonal allergies. In short, Blue Tansy, albeit a colored essential oil, is one that is great to have as part of your collection. What have you used Blue Tansy for? Share your comments with us below! For more uses and recipes, click here.