It’s nearing the end of the month and most of you have already received your very first Oil of the Month from Plant Therapy: Blue Cypress from Australia!
We thought you might enjoy a bit more information about this lovely oil, including some recipes we’ve had fun working up for you. But first…here’s the oil profile:
Blue Cypress Essential Oil
Botanical name: Callitris intratropica
Country of Origin: Australia
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Wood
Cautions: Should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
*According to expert Robert Tisserand, while use of Blue Cypress is better avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is safe for children ages 2 and up.
This lovely, thick clear blue oil is obtained through steam distillation of the wood of this native Australian tree. This is the only wood known to produce a blue color during steam distillation; the other “blue” essential oils known in aromatherapy are obtained from flowers (e.g. Chamomile German, Blue Tansy, Blue Yarrow).
There is evidence that aboriginal peoples of Australia have used this plant medicinally for many generations. Like most of the “blue” oils, Blue Cypress is a wonderful support for reddened, congested skin. It can help keep minor skin breaks “clean,” soothe bug bites, and can help as a respiratory support. For emotional uses, Blue Cypress is calming and soothing to a restless spirit.
The scent of Blue Cypress is somewhat more complex than a cedarwood, with a mixture of balsamic, slightly spicy, woody, and smoky, almost licorice-y notes. In perfumery, it is a “fixative” and a grounding base note in essential oil blends.
Note that Blue Cypress is a thick, tenacious oil (as are many other wood oils). To help “coax” it from the bottle, seal the capped bottle in a small zip-type baggie and place the baggie in a bowl of very warm water (it will not hurt the oil) for 10 minutes or so. Then remove the bottle and the oil should begin to drip for you. If it is still thick, you may need to use a pipette.
Balance the smoky, spicy, woody scent of blue cypress with the sweet brightness of a floral oil (Rose, Ylang Ylang, or my favorite here, Jasmine) and diffuse to soothe the mind; keep in mind that Blue Cypress also blends well with most citrus oils for an uplifting fragrance.
For a blend to help with respiratory support, make this master blend and use 1-2 drops in a steam or 3-4 drops in a diffuser. (This blend is for adults only).
Respiratory Support Blend
When life’s bumps or bruises are bothering you, try this topical blend for some relief! (This is for adults only)
Lumps and Bumps Blend
Add this blend to one ounce of lotion or carrier oil and apply to areas of concern. This is a 2% dilution.
Please let us know what you think of these blends and let us know about your own creations! Come join us at Plant Therapy’s sponsored FaceBook page Safe Essential Oil Recipes or email us with your questions, concerns, or comments at [email protected]!