Australian Blue Cypress
(also known as Northern Cypress Pine)
Plant Origin: Australia
Method: Steam distilled bark/wood
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenol
Aroma: "Rich, resinous, woody, smoky, honey-like and grounding" (Mark Webb in Bush Sense), cedar/lemony overtones, pleasant
Note (Evaporation Rate): Base
Suggested Shelf Life: 6-8 years
B eudesemol 5.34%
Blue Cypress has a cobalt blue color and is mostly sesquiterpenes. It serves as a wonderful base note and as a fixative in blends. It is especially nice with other wood oils, citrus oils and most florals.
Australian Blue Cypress (Callitris intratropica)
should not be confused with Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
. Australian Blue Cypress is high in sesquiterpenes, whereas Cypress is high in monoterpenes.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Not suitable
Medication/Health Condition Contraindicated orally: Drugs metabolized by CYP2D6 (antidepressants), Tamoxifen (cancer), Codeine (pain) and low blood pressure.
Australian Blue Cypress may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Herpes, simplex, zoster
HPV (human papilloma virus)
Skin, dry, itchy
Stings, wasp, bee
The oil exhibits anti-viral properties being particularly effective against the common wart (verruca), shingles (herpes zoster) and cold sores (herpes simplex). The oil has also been used for burns where is has significantly reduced the healing time and pain associated with the injury (Bush Sense, Mark A. Webb, 2000)
Blue Cypress is "resinous" and therefore a thicker oil. The viscosity (consistency) of some oils are just naturally thicker while some are thinner. For example, citrus oils are very thin, but root and resinous oils are thicker. From a chemistry perspective, the lighter/smaller molecules (such as those that make up citrus oils) are thinner, and heavier/larger molecules (such as those that make up root oils) are thicker. The oil is drops out more easily when warm.
Warm Water Bath: First, place the oil bottle in a bowl (something like a glass baby food jar works well), and then set that in a double boiler with enough warm water to affect the temperature of the oil. Avoid any possibility of allowing the water to get into the bottle. (I put my bottle in a ziplock bag and make sure it is standing upright.) Unscrew the cap slightly to accommodate for expansion while warming. Allow it to warm for about 15-20 minutes, replacing the water as needed if it evaporates. Continue warming until you get the oil at the right consistency to work with. Different oils take varying amounts of time to liquefy, and this somewhat depends also on how solid they are and their ability to soften. You may also want to use a pipette to help dispense.
Speaking personally, I use a rubber bulb/glass pipette that screws onto the bottle. I am aware that I need to be careful not to let the essential oil get on the rubber, so I make sure to wipe the rim of the bottle clean before recapping, and I do not let the bottle tip over, which would allow the essential oil to come into contact with the rubber. With care, the rubber will last a good while, but you can expect that it will eventually fail due to the aromatic oil. HEO offers disposable pipettes
or glass pipettes with rubber bulbs
(See Essential Oil Usage
for more information and a dilution chart
Dilute with a carrier oil
, unscented lotion
or unscented cream
and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator
for ease of application of prediluted oil. According to Tisserand/Young, Blue Cypress was not irritating to rabbits at 50% dilution.
(combine with thinner oils such as Lemon) or use a personal Nasal Inhaler
Internal: Australian Blue Cypress is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much.Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for more information about internal usage.
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1. I love this oil. I use it for any inflammatory rash
with very good results. I blend Blue Tansy (3 drops), Rosalina (5 drops), Cedarwood (3 drops) and Lemon (3 drops) into an ounce of HEO's unscented lotion
2. Blue Cypress is one of my favorite oils for mosquito bites
and other itchy rashes
. We apply neat. The aroma is very appealing to our family. - Linda
3. I make my deodorant
with Blue Cypress, Frankincense, Silver Fir, Lavender and a small amount of Cilantro. I dilute this into a spray bottle at 5% with jojoba oil. Love it! - Cassie
4. This oil was a great help to me when I got into some poison ivy. The skin turned into a mess of red, oozing, burning bumps. The itching was so bad that I couldn’t leave it alone. My scratching spread the rash all up my leg. In desperation I slathered Australian Blue Cypress oil (neat) all over the rash. Within a minute the stinging stopped. Then I mostly forgot about it. Two hours later when I put on a second application, the rash had receded to the size of a egg. By the next day it was gone. I was amazed by how quickly this oil brought me relief! - E.N.
Blends well with:
Pregnancy/Nursing: Contraindicated by all routes when pregnant or nursing due to probably link between antiangiogenic effects and reproductive toxicity. (Tisserand/Young).
Oral Use: Contraindicated orally with low blood pressure and with drugs metabolized by CYP2D6 because of a theoretical risk (Tisserand/Young).
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. 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 are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2013, pages 152-153, 265-266.
Webb, Mark, "Australian Essential Oil Profile - Blue Tansy," Aromatherapy Today, Vol 19, Sept. 2001.