Blue Tansy is one of the two oils (along with Cedarwood) that inspired the name Blue Cedar, so I was over the moon when my favorite oil company, doTerra, announced it among their new floral oils this month. Blue Tansy is a very rare and precious oil that is unfortunately often sold in adulterated, synthetic, or diluted forms. It is made by steam distillation of Blue Tansy flowers from Morocco. The intense blue color only occurs after distillation, when chamazuline is produced. It can dye some fabrics and will turn your skin blue for a few hours, so this is one to dilute! It is very therapeutic topically at a 15% dilution ratio.
Primary Chemical Components:
Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, antihistamine, and expectorant.
Blue tansy is the oil of the Wood element in 5-Element Chinese Medicine, which corresponds to the Liver organ system. The liver process and regulates our emotions as well as our blood. In our society, the Liver system is often overworked and undernourished due to the toxins we take in and the stress we take on, which can lead to problems in all parts of the body and especially the emotions, eyes, and blood. Blue tansy is nourishing and calming to the Liver system when inhaled or applied to acupoints.
Uses for Blue Tansy Oil
Skin: Blue tansy is often used in facial products to help reduce the appearance of blemishes - just be aware of that blue color! Use at night or add one drop to your facial moisturizer.
Mood: I most often use blue tansy to regulate mood and anxiety. It's in doTerra’s grounding blend and is wonderful for releasing mental tension, stress and anger. Diffuse with cedarwood or other woody/earthy oils.
Aches and pains: this oil also helps you release physical tension when massaged topically (dilute!) into sore or tired muscles and joints. doTerra’s soothing blend contains this oil, or you can make your own blend with some fir, rosemary, lavender, wintergreen, or peppermint.
Sinuses: because of its antihistamine and soothing properties, blue tansy is a great oil to diffuse in the spring for itchy eyes/nose and sneezing, or for sinus-related headaches. You can also apply it topically on the chest, back of neck, or on acupoint LI 20 (on the outer corners of the nostrils).
Liver Qi: As a general tonic point for the Liver Organ System, apply blue tansy to LV 3 (on the top of the foot where the bones leading to the big and second toes meet). The blue tansy smudge in this photo shows you where!
A few considerations:
Especially if you have increased risk of seizures, consult your doctor before using blue tansy. Please be sure to buy this oil from a reputable company because the real stuff is very rare. And as I mentioned earlier, the blue color may stain fabrics and skin. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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