The bewitching blue hue and spicy wood-apple scent of Blue Tansy essential oil could come straight from the pages of a fairy tale. What other elixir, after all, has such a beautiful natural blue tint and intoxicating scent — besides unicorn tears and dragon’s blood, that is*. This powerful essential oil, in reality, comes from the true-life Kingdom of Morocco, where the leaves and flowers of the perennial plant Tanacetum annuum are steam distilled to extract precious volatile compounds, including inflammation-cooling Chamazulene, to benefit body, mind, and spirit.
What is Blue Tansy?
Tansy has been grown as a folk remedy for hundreds of years by the ancient Greeks, the Benedictine monks of St. Gall, and has long been valued for it’s ability to diffuse stress and negative emotions. The sweet scent carries natural constituents that work to support a healthy respiratory system, calm seasonal irritations, and bring feelings of relief to aggravated, stressed, and irritated skin. Tight muscles may also benefit from exposure to Blue Tansy essential oil.
Blue Tansy oil gets its enchanting color from the azulene component present in the oil. The color is a telltale mark of purity and authenticity. This oil has been difficult to source in recent years. High demand and low supply has triggered volatility in the market, and has, unfortunately, led to unscrupulous companies offering cheap knockoffs as substitute. To protect yourself when learning more about this remarkable product, it is important to understand what Blue Tansy is not. It is not, for instance, the same species as common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare). Common tansy, also used in traditional medicine, is pretty dicey stuff. It’s been linked with bad skin reactions, seizures, and even miscarriage due to it’s high thujone content, a toxic compound. True Blue Tansy contains no thujone, and is much safer to use, with an entirely different chemical makeup and different aromatherapy benefits.
Blue Tansy is not the same thing as Moroccan chamomile (Ormenis multicaulis), a product used mostly in perfume blends, although Blue Tansy is sometimes confusingly referred to as Blue Moroccan Chamomile.
Finally, Blue Tansy is not the only blue essential oil. German chamomile, Yarrow, Cypress and Wormwood all have varying degrees of natural blue coloring. These oils have different chemical properties, and work differently to benefit your health. The easiest way to avoid confusion is to note the botanical name to know exactly what you are getting.
How do I know if my Blue Tansy is good?
At Real Oil, we’ve developed a rigorous process to ensure that only the best authentic Blue Tansy receives a Real Oil label. We’ve built relationships with the producers in Morocco and suppliers in between to obtain a premium-quality product that is grown, harvested, and distilled under ideal conditions. Our Blue Tansy oil is 100% pure, 100% natural, unadulterated, undiluted, and therapeutic-quality, with no added chemicals or fillers.
Before it even gets to our shelves, we sample the bulk product to be sure it meets our standards. Samples go through a staged testing process that includes extensive GC/MS, microbial, and organoleptic testing. This proves to us that the product is actually Tanacetum annuum, that it hasn’t been diluted or corrupted, and that it meets our strict quality standards.
Blue Tansy essential oil is a remarkable natural product, especially when considering its power to support healthy respiratory function, and to soothe and boost the skin. Read more about these noteworthy benefits in the next post in this series.
*Dragon’s blood isn’t real, but if it was, we definitely wouldn’t recommend topical use.