Have you ever used Blue Tansy oil?
It. Smells. SO. GOOD!
I was first introduced via Primally Pure’s Spa Set. The aroma was unlike anything I’ve used before, and it was intoxicating. Plus, full of skin health benefits!
Skincare Superfood: Azulene
If you listened to the recent Skincare FAQ podcast, you know I’ve been researching what the nourishing super foods are for our skin. I wanted to create bath and body products, beyond just the body oil Primally Pure has, using Blue Tansy. See, the active-ingredient, azulene, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. Which means:
In addition to anti-inflammatory actions, they have analgesic, antipyretic, and platelet-inhibitory actions. They act by blocking the synthesis of prostaglandins by inhibiting cyclooxygenase, which converts arachidonic acid to cyclic endoperoxides, precursors of prostaglandins. Inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis accounts for their analgesic, antipyretic, and platelet-inhibitory actions; other mechanisms may contribute to their anti-inflammatory effects. [PubChem Source]
Azulene is found in the essential oil, Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy).
Its bright blue color is found in only a few organic compounds, like mushrooms. Additionally, what I personally like is that it has been tested to both have beneficial properties for skin health, as well as low negative effects. Specifically, it is recommended for those with inflammatory diseases.
Regional variability of the chemical composition of T. vulgare essential oils is well-known… Here, we assess the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and cytotoxic activities of T. vulgare collected from northern Quebec (Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean), Canada… The oil possesses anti-inflammatory activity inhibiting NO production. It also inhibits intracellular DCFH oxidation induced by tert-butylhydroperoxide. Anti-inflammatory activity of essential oil appears driven mainly by α-humulene while antioxidant activity is provided by α-pinene and caryophyllene oxide. Essential oil from T vulgare was active against both Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus with camphor and caryophyllene oxide responsible for antibacterial activity. Finally, T. vulgare essential oil was slightly cytotoxic against the human healthy cell line WS1 while α-humulene and caryophyllene oxide were moderately cytotoxic against A-549, DLD-1, and WS1.
Moreover, the authors concluded that α-humulene might represent an important compound for the management and/or treatment of inflammatory diseases. [PubMed Source]
Benefits of Blue Tansy
Additionally, Blue Tansy show positive in fighting cancer (see results in link above and this study currently underway). Not all essential oils have been tested this way, so while you COULD use this recipe with whatever EO you choose – I recommend this specific recipe, because of existing safety research. So, layman’s terms… why Blue Tansy?
- powerfully soothes irritated + inflamed skin and combats inflammation
- leave the skin feeling silky smooth, healthy and radiant
- can treat burns, irritation, inflammation, or damaged skin
- the analgesic can also effectively address allergic or asmathic conditions
- the aroma can help calm nerves and anxiety
Who wouldn’t want all that, right?! After loving the Blue Tansy body oil from Primally Pure, I wanted more. Specifically, a body scrub I could use before or after shaving to prevent razor burn or ingrown hairs. I searched for quality products sourced safety with other ingredients that would be skin superfoods and couldn’t find what I was looking for. Which meant…
I got crafty.
I’m going to be honest: I really don’t like making my own stuff. I enjoy the process of cooking food from scratch, or the gift of someone’s time who made something themselves. But for me, I’d rather do pretty much anything except make something I could buy. I say this so that you know a few things: a) if I can do it, so you can you; and b) there is a reason I made this; unfortunately there isn’t anything else out there for me to shortcut.
However, it’s SUPER simple and batches really well. I quadrupled this recipe and it came out great! Just know, because it is made with home-made ingredients that you want to ensure sanitary conditions and it may need a stir before use – to reincorporate ingredients that may separate over-time.
Things you’ll need (other than the ingredients). Storage jars – I used these from Amazon:
- 1 C Sugar (I use and recommend raw organic)
- 5 drops Blue Tansy Essential Oil, I used DoTerra because it's the brand I use and trust
- 2 tsp blue Tansy Body Oil (from Primally Pure, you could use a different oil here if you don't have it)
- 1 Tbsp honey (I use and recommend raw organic)
- 2 T avocado oil
- In a clean environment, where no other activity is happening (you will stink up the kitchen, friends), combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pour into an airtight container for use.
- 1 1/2 C epsom salt
- 3/4 C salt (pink, sea or kosher)
- 1/2 C baking soda
- 8-10 drops blue tansy essential oil
- 1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
Why the other ingredients?
- natural exfoliator, unclogs pores
- helps eliminate blemishes
- restores balance to skin’s oils and acts as hydrant
Nourishing oils like fractionated coconut, argan and pomegranate seed heal the skin and are easily absorbed, leaving the skin feeling supple and soft. While you could use this amount of avocado oil and another drop of Blue Tansy oil, the aromoa of this particular blend with the addition of florals is really special and why I recommend using it.
- antibacterial and clarifying, unclogs pores – great for acne treatment and prevention
- full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging
- extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow
Firstly, avocado oil is rich in fatty acids, carotenoids, vitamins and antioxidants such as vitamin E and C, and minerals. Moreovr, it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and very high moisturizing properties. Vitamin E can reduce damage to skin while Vitamin C is necessary for collagen synthesis for skin as well as brightens.
Magnesium in an epsom salt soak can soothe the body (and mind). Moreover, other benefits include relaxing the nervous system, reducing symptoms of skin conditions and aid in healing process, soothing body pain, aches and strain, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. [more info on epsom salt soaks here]
Himalayan Pink Salt
With antimicrobial properties, soaking in baths with salt can treat acne on hard-to-reach areas of the body where breakouts occur, such as the back or shoulders.
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