Blue Essential Oils

Blue Essential Oils

Why Blue Oils Are So Special

In aromatherapy, we have a handful of essential oils that are blue in color. This is not because food coloring has been added. Rather, it happens through a natural distillation process. When the plant material is steam distilled, heat opens up the scent glands releasing the oil and chemical constituents within it. When the heat releases matricine, it creates chamazulene, giving it the blue color. This only happens with steam distillation, and is not present in the pant itself, or produced in CO2 oils.

Your blue oils have a strong sesquiterpene content, which gives it their calming, soothing, cooling, balancing and grounding roots.

Which oils are considered a “blue oil”?

  • Blue Chamomile (German Chamomile)
  • Blue Cypress
  • Blue Tansy
  • Yarrow

Why are Blue Oils so special?

Blue oils are known to contain a certain chemical profile that offers some powerful therapeutic properties.

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Cardiotonic
  • Cicatricant (promotes healing through formation of scar tissue)
  • Gastroprotective
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Nephroprotective
  • Nervine
  • Relaxant
  • Vulnerary (wound healing – physical, mental & emotional)

Let’s dive deeper into understanding the benefits and personalities of these 4 amazing oils.

Blue Chamomile, also referred to as German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita

This oil, being in the chamomile family, tells you it has a caretaking personality. It also helps you set better boundaries so you can take care of yourself, while taking care of others. Compassion coupled with strength lends to its true nature. This teaches you how it can help you when you smell it or include it in an aromatherapy blend formula.

Physically, German Chamomile is known to deliver anti-inflammatory properties to calm pain, heat, swelling, and muscle and joint trauma. It lends a hand in strengthening digestive functions and adrenal support to combat fatigue and exhaustion. I like to mix with carrier oils of arnica, calendula, evening primrose and/or black cumin oil (Nigella sativa) to help strengthen knees, elbows, hips and ankles. It helps reduce stomach and PMS cramps, leg cramps, and neck tension.

High in oxides and sesquiterpenes, it helps move out congestion and inflammation, strengthen immune health, and calm skin irritations.

Blue Cypress, Callitris intratropica

A nurturing and strengthening tree oil that fosters inner strength and resilience by keeping you rooted in you. Blue Cypress strengthens the mind and body to instill a “hopeful determination”. It keeps you feeling grounded, supported, and promotes feelings of security.

A great choice to support the muscular-skeletal system – muscle pain & tension, skin irritations, acne, and joint pain. Being blue in color, you know it offers cardiovascular support, calms bruising and scars, as well as aids the elimination organs to work at their best. Having antipruritic (stops itching) properties, it would make a nice addition in skin and bug bites formulas.

As a nervine, it can help quiet anxiety, nervousness, feeling overwhelmed and chaotic.

Blue Tansy, Tanacetum annuum

One of my absolute favorite oils to support and strengthen the adrenal glands. It is so nourishing and nurturing, giving you a mental boost while allowing you to restore your core. A must for the person who is always on the go, giving without receiving or replenishing, and overwhelmed by responsibilities.

Tanacetum annuum also has mucolytic properties helping to soothe dry skin, sore throats (applied in a cream topically), skin redness like rosacea. The Swiss use tansy to expel worms (antiparasitic & vermifuge), rheumatism, and digestive upset.

Emotionally, it helps quiet racing thoughts and dispels negativity to promote a better mood and self-confidence.

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

The “healer of healers” oil. I have always associated yarrow with being a blood helper – calming bruising, excessive bleeding during periods, and spider veins. The reason it’s considered the healer of healers, is because you carry all your emotions, new and old, in your blood. When you are working through past traumas, yarrow can reach the depths of where those traumas are hidden. I call this buried treasure. These are the culprits keeping you unhappy, unwell, and imbalanced.

In a topical blend, it helps to calm painful and inflamed muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. It alleviates cramps (IBS, PMS, leg cramps), fibromyalgia discomfort, and neuropathy (poor circulation).

Yarrow contains monoterpenes giving it the ability to stimulate movement for toxin removal. Sesquiterpenes give it a gentle nature of being effective while getting rid of physical and psychological toxins.

Contraindications with blue oils: Avoid during pregnancy & breast-feeding. Not recommended for internal use. Skin irritant when used undiluted. May stain clothing and fabrics due to blue color.

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