I’m doing a bonus herb of the week in preparation for the Blue Bliss launch this week, which will include the good night lotion, a lip balm, an essential oil roller ball blend and a bar of soap. The sale on these (minus the soap) will run from Friday to Monday.
Many of you may be wondering:
💙 What is Blue Tansy?
💙 And why is it such a big deal?
Blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) is a perennial herb native to Morocco, Portugal and Spain. Today, it’s mainly cultivated in Morocco, and often called ‘Moroccan blue chamomile.’ Blue Tansy is part of the daisy family. It yields a deep blue essential oil when the flowers are distilled with steam, which is how it gets its name. Blue Tansy essential oil has a sweet, fruity aroma due to it’s camphor content, and also has a complex, woody undertone.
Low worldwide demand and small crops can make blue tansy essential oil expensive and difficult to find. It is important to not confuse blue tansy with its cousin, tansy (Tanacetum vulgare). Despite being related, the two plants and their essential oils differ in color and have different benefits and uses.
💙How is it made?💙
The above-ground flowers and stems of the blue tansy plant are gathered and steam-distilled. In the distillation process, one of the chemical components of the oil, chamazulene, is released.
When heated, chamazulene turns deep blue, giving the oil it’s indigo-to-cerulean hue. Exactly how much chamazulene the plants contain changes as the growing season progresses from May to November.
Blue Tansy has shown to be beneficial to soothe irritated skin, an effective decongestant (when inhaled), helps calm the mind and ease tension, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps repair damaged skin (including acne and wrinkles).
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My daughter has gone through some anxiety and also gets car sick. I have taken her to a health specialist who muscle tested her for an oil that would be most beneficial to her to help these areas. Of course, my child would test best for one of the the most expensive essential oils! It does have a very calming scent and is very quickly becoming one of my favorite oils. I’m very excited for this launch!￼￼