BLUE TANSY ESSENTIAL OIL (TANACETUM ANNUUM):
Botanical Name: Tanacetum annuum.
Botanical Origin: Morocco.
Common Method of Extraction: Steam distillation.
Part Typically Used: Flowers.
Color: Vivid, deep blue.
Consistency: Medium to viscous.
Perfumery Note: Middle/ Base
Shelf Life: 4-5 years.
Strength of Initial Aroma: Sweet floral.
Blends Well With: Rose, frankincense, lavender, spikenard, german chamomile, roman chamomile, yarrow, palo santo, immortelle, sandalwood, marjoram, bergamot and peppermint essential oils.
Common name: Moroccan tansy, Annual Tansy.
The oil is a magnificent blue color. This comes from chamazulene that is produced during a precise distillation process. The guaiol and guaiazulene are known to reduce the body's response to irritation. Chamazulene can only be produced when distilling certain plants very accurately. Chamazulene is called an artifact for this reason. Blue tansy essential oil are the only plants that will produce this highly sought after artifact. Blue tansy contains 3-6% Chamazulene.
Note: Tansy blue is often mistakenly referred to as Moroccan chamomile (Ormenis multicaulis (aka Ormenis mixta)), although Moroccan Chamomile is actually an entirely different species. Both contain azulene. Schnaubelt lists blue tansy (tanacetum annuum) as Moroccan chamomile in his works. It is important to be familiar with the botanical names of plants for this reason.
Tanacetum annuum is often confused with common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) but the former produces an essential oil that is completely different chemically as it contains no thujone and high amounts of chamazulene making the oil dark blue in color, giving rise to it common name of blue tansy oil. Despite claims by some unethical resellers of essential oils who adulterate the very expensive blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) oil with the much cheaper oil from Tanacetum vulgare, it should be noted that the oil from Tanacetum vulgare is never blue in color as it contains no chamazulene. For this reason a high thujone oil from Tanacetum vulgare should never be referred to as "Blue tansy" oil and any such blue oil containing significant thujone is an adulterated product.
Tansy comes from a Greek word "Athanaton" meaning "immortal".
Tanacetum annuum produces leaves and flowers, from which the blue essential oil tansy blue is extracted through high pressure, low heat steam extraction.
Blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) is confusingly also known as blue Moroccan chamomile - not to be confused with Moroccan chamomile (Ormenis multicaulis). It owes its other synonym, Moroccan tansy, to its country of origin, Morocco. Blue tansy is an annual herb that produces one of the “blue” essential oils, other “blue” essential oils include German chamomile (Matricaria recutica), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). All members of the Asteraceae plant family, the “blue” oils owe their nickname to the azulene chemical component present in the essential oil (from the Spanish word "azul", meaning blue).
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Therapeutic Properties :
Contraindications : It is purported to have some toxicity and should not be used directly on the skin. The herb itself is poisonous and the essential oil should only be used very sparingly or as a small part of a blend. Blue tansy essential oil is generally found to be non-irritating and non-toxic but if you use at a maximum concentration of 5%.
Pregnancy / Lactation : Aromatherapy warns against the use of blue tansy essential oil during pregnancy: the essential oil is contra-indicated for women who have an endocrine imbalance and in pregnancy. In addition, do not use in dilution above 5%. Avoid in the first three months of pregnancy. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health-care practitioner prior to use.
Skin Care: 0,1 - 0,2%
Body / Hair Care: 0,2 - 1,0%
Spot Treatment: Up to 4,0%
Blue tansy oil has traditionally been used to induce relaxation, reduce nervous tension and stress, relieve itching, soothe pain, sedate nerves, calm the lymphatic system, promote a feeling of self-control, and relieve irritating skin conditions.
When blended with other oils that have overlapping or similar properties, it makes a powerful synergistic blend for sleep.
Blue tansy essential oil is one of the best essential oils to have in your natural medicine chest. As one of the most powerful anti-histaminic, anti-inflammatory oils it is the perfect choice for spot treatment of any inflammatory issues, as well as being one of the best choices for your bath and body products geared toward healing skin and preventing, or treating, inflammation. As one of the blue oils, it may be used as a more cost effective source of chamazulene.
Blue tansy is also well know for its anti-histaminic activity, where it is said to modulate histaminic response, and many aroma therapists carry this oil for contact irritation reactions.
Blue Tansy essential oil traditionally used to support the body’s natural response to irritation. It supports the nervous system by relaxing and soothing stress and irritation.
Essential oil has anti-allergenic properties - it is able neutralise and halt the production of histamines thereby helping to control reactions to different allergenics. Particularly good for asthmatics whose symptoms are often triggered by allergens in their environment. Blend with lavender and ravensara for a great synergistic blend for dealing with asthma and croup during the night.
The blue tansy is toxic. Blue tansy like all of the blue essential oils containing the active azulene is best known for it is skin care properties as an anti-inflammatory. It has also been credited by aromatherapists as being an antihistamine and antispasmodic.
Blue Tansy is a supreme skin soother, apply to skin that needs deep relaxing. Dilute with jojoba to make calming serums that can be applied to red, irritated, inflamed, blemished skin and allow the epidermis to drink in this true blue tonic.
Emotionally, blue tansy is known to ignite feelings of self-control, focus, and balance. Sufferers of respiratory imbalances have had wonderful results using blue tansy oil as an inhalant, either with a diffuser, salt pipe or a simple handkerchief. It is believed by some to induce relaxation, reduce nervous tension and stress, and be beneficial for allergies.
Tansy essential oil nourishes the spirit by helping it to release pent up anger and frustration, longstanding resentments, and subconscious fear.
It helps to create harmony between body, mind, and soul by addressing the root emotional issues that have manifested themselves as problematic symptoms in the body. Calm the nervous system, address inflammation, and be the master of your emotions with this vibrant, complex oil.
Blue tansy has a very high resonance energy making it a high vibrational oil. It releases the emotions of anger and control and allows more flow in our life.
It will calm those who feel overwhelmed to the point where they are losing self-control. And in this respect, I get that it will help with addictions and negative habits that are self destructive to the body, mind and spirit.
Chakra affected: Throat chakra.
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