By Katrina Scampini, Certified Aromatherapist
Blue Tansy Essential Oil is very blue. A kind of blue that’s hard to match anywhere else in nature—a deep, mesmerizing, and incredibly rich shade of dark blue that is simply stunning. Its intense color is matched by its powerful, robust aroma, as both are very unique and beautiful.
Traditionally, this beautiful bright yellow flowering plant has been used for digestive problems, fevers, and wound healing. Today, this versatile essential oil continues to have many practical uses for just about anyone!
Not all of us get to step outside into the fresh, crisp air and enjoy those deep, revitalizing breaths. Depending on the time of year, particularly in the spring and fall, pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds can cause some pretty miserable allergy symptoms. Blue Tansy is an absolute powerhouse of an oil when it comes to combating those struggles many of us face. It helps open our airways, allowing for easier, more comfortable breathing.
In a personal aromatherapy inhaler, add 2 drops of Blue Tansy, 4 drops of Saro, 3 drops of Ho Wood, 2 drops of Lemon, and 1 drop of Cedarwood Atlas. Take a deep sniff whenever you need some respiratory relief! For a KidSafe version, replace Saro with Rosalina or Helichrysum Italicum.
A single drop of Blue Tansy in a steaming bowl of water is another great way to support clear breathing. If you are unsure of how to do the Steam Method, check out this blog for more information: The Art of a Steam (Part 1)
Red, inflamed skin is always an unwanted visitor. Whether it’s on your face, hands, legs—anywhere—we want it gone as quickly as possible! Adding Blue Tansy to your skincare routine can help reduce redness and irritation, while also promoting healthy skin overall .
For facial application, we recommend a 1% dilution. So, if you have about 2 teaspoons of carrier oil, lotion, or cleanser, simply add 2-3 drops of Blue Tansy and continue using your product as you normally would. It is great for dry and sensitive skin and is perfect to add to any skin-loving blend you may already have. If you want to use Blue Tansy on other areas of your body, a maximum of 4% dilution is safe.
If you’re wondering about this blue oil staining your skin, rest easy. When properly diluted, Blue Tansy will not stain your skin. However, it can stain fabrics and should be handled carefully.
Blue Tansy houses a pretty unique chemical component called chamazulene. Not only is chamazulene what gives this oil its stunning blue hue, but it is also known to reduce discomfort associated with inflammation. When muscles and joints are overworked or just in pain from the normal wear and tear of life, using Blue Tansy topically can provide relief.
It’s absolutely perfect for a comforting bath blend. Mix 9 drops of Blue Tansy in one tablespoon of body wash and 1 cup of Epsom salt. Pour into warm, running bath water and enjoy! For topical application, use a tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil and up to 18 drops of Blue Tansy (this makes the max recommendation of 4%).
For a topical blend to help cool the flames of inflammation, try this recipe: in one tablespoon of the carrier oil of your choice, add 6 drops of Cypress, 4 drops of Blue Tansy, and 2 drops of Chamomile German, and 1 drop of Helichrysum Italicum.
Feel Calm and Collected
Need some relaxation or feelings of encouragement? Blue Tansy’s complex and sweet aroma is great to soothe a worried mind and promote a sense of calmness that can help power you through stressful times. Try it in a diffuser using 1 drop of Blue Tansy with 3 drops of Bergamot and 2 drops of Cedarwood Atlas to help recover some wellbeing after a long day.
Want a peaceful and calming massage blend? Add 5 drops each of Tangerine and Orange Sweet, and 1 drop each of Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy to an ounce of our Marvelous Massage Carrier Oil Blend. To make this blend KidSafe, just replace the Ylang Ylang with Bergamot or Lavender.
Or, give our popular Cheerful Inhaler Blend DIY a try:
A few cautions to consider…
We would be amiss not to mention a couple of contraindications Blue Tansy can present. Chamazulene presents a risk of drug interaction with several types of medications. This includes some analgesic, antiarrhythmic, antipsychotic, and anti-depressant medications, as well as those containing estrogen and serotonin .
If you have any concerns about this, please reach out to our aromatherapists at [email protected] for more information and how this may affect your particular situation.
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- Purchon, N., & Cantele, L. (2014). The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Novato, CA: New World Library. Pg. 111.