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
Suggested Shelf Life: 6-8 years
B eudesemol 5.34%
Children? No cautions mentioned in Essential Oil Safety (Tissersand/Young).
Pregnancy/Lactation? Not suitable (Tisserand/Young).
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, where as Cypress is high in monoterpenes.
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
Traditionally found useful in wound healing and as an antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. A drop neat on a bee or wasp sting gives immediate pain relief. Being analgesic, it has been used effectively with burns. Some have found relief from the intense itching of hives and other itchy rashes. Higley's mentions using Blue Cypress for abdominal cramps, brain function, cold sores, herpes simplex, herpes zoster and human papilloma virus (HPV).
Consider Blue Cypress for aching muscles, anxiety, asthma, arthritis, bug deterrant, clarity of thought, itchy and dry skin, and respiratory issues. Makes a nice deodorant.
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute appropriately with a carrier and apply topically as desired. Tisserand notes that Blue Cypress was not irritating to rabbits at 50% dilution.
Inhalation: Directly inhale; diffuse
Internal: no suggestions
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
Blends well with:
Pregnancy/Nursing: Contraindicated by all routes when pregnant or nursing (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. 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.
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.