Blue Tansy -also known as Moroccan Blue Chamomile- (Tanacetum annuum), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) in a base of 50% fractionated Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
Children? Avoid on children under 5 due to Fennel.
Pregnancy/Lactation? Not suitable due to Fennel.
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage): for more information and a dilution chart.):
Topical Use - This blend is diluted with Coconut oil, which absorbs quickly into the skin and has an indefinite shelf life. The Essential Oil Desk Reference suggests that the blend be applied as follows:
4-6 drops to forehead, crown of head, soles of feet, lower abdomen and lower back 1-3 times daily.
Massage 3-6 drops on reproductive points, inside and outside of ankles, 2-3 times daily
Warm compress daily on lower back and or lower abdomen
1. I just want to share that I bought the Irregular Blends for my 15 year old who has had such severely irregular cycles that I was trying to find a doctor for her. I knew if I went to just any regular doctor, they would put her on the Pill, which I would not allow. Anyway, I just happened to look on HEO and saw that you had blends for it, so I thought I would give it a shot before going the medical route. Well, she’s been using this for 3 months, diluted even, and she seems to be regular now. She uses both #1 and #2 diluted with coconut oil (she adds some Clary Sage), and she applies that on her forehead, lower spine, abdomen and bottoms of feet twice daily. We have had 2 months of normalcy. - Carrie
UPDATE from Carrie:
My daughter uses BOTH blends, #1 and #2, diluted in coconut oil along with some clary sage. We are not strict about the dilution. My daughter keeps a small container on her dresser with about a quarter cup of CO, into which she adds a few drops of each. She applies them 3x a day to the areas mentioned with the blends. I am hopeful that some day we will be able to cut down on that, but not yet. I should also mention that we are grain-free and mostly dairy-free (she has some cheeses allowed on the SCD/GAPS diet, though it’s been 5 years since we first started the GAPS diet, so we have transitioned off somewhat. Still grain-free though and mostly GAPS). As with my 3rd daughter’s success with patchouli, I know full well that the oil alone was not enough. Neither was diet alone. Both of these girls need both diet and the oil. Lastly, you asked how long before we saw results - 2 months. It seems to be a slow but steady solution, meaning she shouldn’t expect to see a miraculous overnight change, though change does come.
Sage Neurotoxicity: Avoid if the person is epileptic or has high blood pressure.
Sage Contraindications All Routes: Pregnancy and breastfeeding (Tisserand/Young).
Sage Oral Caution: Should not be taken orally. Sage officinalis is considered an oral toxin (due to thujone). If used inappropriately, it can be an abortifacient. (Tisserand/Young).
Drug Interaction: Reproductive hormone modulation, may inhibit blood clotting (Tisserand).
Avoid by all routes (topical, inhalation, oral): Pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis, estrogen-dependent cancers, children under five years of age (per The Expanded Commission E Monographs. Tisserand notes that no explanation is given.) Specifically regarding (E)-anethole, Tisserand writes: "We consider that there is sufficient evidence of an estrogenic action for ( E )-anethole, and that administration of essential oils containing a high proportion of it should be avoided by any route in pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis and estrogen-dependent cancers."
Tisserand also noted: "Fennel is contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing because it is estrogenic (due to about 75% trans-anethole content). This probably explains why it can boost milk supply, but the concern is that it might upset the delicate balance of hormones in an infant. This is only a theoretic risk, but it's one that is perhaps worth heeding."
Caution with Oral Use: Diabetes medication, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders (Tisserand).
Estragole: Tisserand writes: "Estragole is a rodent carcinogen when oral exposure is sufficiently high."
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salavatore Battaglia on the safety of Fennel: "I have a suspicion that some aromatherapists may be concerned about the fenchone content, which is a ketone. As we know, some ketones are reputed to be neurotoxic. There is no pharmacological evidence to suggest that fenchone or transanethole are neurotoxic in the doses used in aromatherapy." Battaglia references other noted authors: Blumenthal, Lawless, Tisserand.
Clinical Aromatherapy by Jane Buckle: "Some essential oils are generally contraindicated for all therapeutic uses." Her list includes Fennel. She continues: "These oils all contain toxic constituents." She lists Fennel as one to avoid if prone to epilepsy and then writes: ". . . although there is no published report of any of these triggering a seizure." (Note that the "toxic constituent" Buckle refers to in Fennel is a ketone - see Battaglia's note above.)
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless: Fennel is "non-irritant, relatively non-toxic, narcotic in large doses . . ."
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 200-202, 261-262.
Buckle, Jane, Clinical Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition 2003.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 152-153, 276-277, 413-414, 486-488.
Tisserand, Robert, private communication in regard to why Fennel is contraindicated for use during pregnancy and lactation.