The sweet and earthy scent of Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) is a powerful and versatile addition to your aromatherapy toolbox. This rich, warm, and complex oil can be used to deeply support skin health, ease feelings of congestion, relax the mind, and calm the mood.
Blue Tansy has an herbaceous scent with apple and wood undertones, and quite a thick consistency. The striking color (blue, you guessed it), is an important indicator of its authenticity and purity. Be aware that the color can actually stain clothing and skin, so be judicious when applying it topically. Blue Tansy hits a middle note aromatically. When blending it with other oils, consider using Geranium, Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood, Lemongrass, Bergamot or Peppermint, depending on what properties you want to emphasize.
Respiratory Benefits of Blue Tansy
For respiratory support, breathe the scent straight from the bottle, or add it to a diffuser with a few drops of bracing Peppermint or sweet Spearmint to create a supportive long-lasting ambiance. Create a dilution of Blue Tansy and massage it into the chest, neck, and upper back for feelings of respiratory support when you are feeling stuffed up or weighed down by seasonal stressors.
Skin Benefits of Blue Tansy
This oil has long been valued for its ability to soothe the skin. Blue Tansy can be diluted and applied to irritated or inflamed areas and blemishes. It can also be used as an all-purpose skin balm — create a dilution with a carrier oil such as Grapeseed or Jojoba, and combine with other skin-boosting essential oils such as Frankincense and Geranium. You can also add a drop or two of Blue Tansy to a bottle of your favorite lotion for daily toning.
Blue Tansy is also a powerful ally for exercise and fitness. Diluted in a carrier oil, it can soothe and relieve muscles and joints. Carry a dilution with you to the gym or on the trail and use it either before exercising to work out the kinks, or afterward to boost and soothe tired muscles, tendons, and joints. You can use it between workouts, as well, to ease tired joints in your hands, elbows, hips and knees, especially after overuse.
Experience Calm with Blue Tansy
Unless you’ve somehow already reached a Zen state of consciousness, Blue Tansy can benefit you mentally and emotionally. It has powerful aromatherapy effects to calm the mind and help you to release stress. For feelings of self-control, balance, and relaxation, try diffusing a drop or two combined with the gentle vanilla-citrus scent of Bergamot or woody spice of Lavender to unwind after work or just before bed to ease into a good night’s sleep.
A few warnings: Blue Tansy oil may interfere with certain medications including antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines and antibiotics. Because it is high in camphor, it shouldn’t be used by people with epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease. Speak with a medical doctor about your concerns.
Learn to use this exceptional essential oil, enjoy the natural benefits, and watch your life become focused, stronger, sweeter, and more natural.