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4 Ways to Use Blue Cypress: Our Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Blue Cypress: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Blue Cypress

Latin name: Callitris intratropica

Aroma Description: Smokey, woodsy and spicy

Therapeutic benefits

  • Can help support reddened, congested skin when applied topically. We recommend a dilution of 1%-3%.
  • Soothing for bug bites and small wounds.
  • When diffused, it can promote a calming and soothing atmosphere when the spirit is restless. Consider blending with a floral oil for a soothing aroma.
  • Excellent for respiratory support.

Kidsafe?

Yes! Blue Cypress IS KidSafe.

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Blue Cypress: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Dilution instructions:

For topical application, we recommend a dilution of 1%-3%. Mix equal parts with Myrrh and Frankincense Frereana for a skin soothing serum.

Diffusion instructions:

Combine with other floral oils, like Rose Absolute or Ylang Ylang for a soothing blend. Blue Cypress also blends well most citrus oils.

Oils to blend with:

Black Pepper, Cedarwood Atlas, Cedarwood Virginian, Cypress, Helichrysum Italicum, Lavender, Lemon, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Australian, Turmeric CO2.

Check out all our other essential oil spotlight blog posts by heading to our Spotlight Page!

Blue Cypress Essential Oil from Plant Therapy

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous “blue” essential oil? Blue Tansy, Blue Yarrow, and Chamomile German. They all share that unmistakable rich blue hue and all come from steam distilled flowers. So even though Blue Cypress is part of this “blue group,” it doesn’t fit in quite so nicely as the others. Unlike the rest of the group, Blue Cypress is the only wood known to produce blue coloring during steam distillation. Pretty cool, right?

Native to Australia, the wood from this tree (Callitris intratropica) has been used medicinally for generations by the aboriginal peoples of Australia. Its complex, balsamic, woody, and smoky aroma was known to support a wide variety of concerns, ranging from emotional needs to physical pain. Nowadays, we can still enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Blue Cypress, along with its signature thick blue oil, in a few useful ways. Check it out!

Emotional support whenever you need it.

Hands holding on together

Blue Cypress is calming and soothing to a restless spirit. If you are dealing with a “busy brain” struggling to turn off rampant thoughts, this is a wonderful oil to reach for! It can help to settle your emotions down, allowing you to pull yourself together and focus on whatever it is that needs your attention.

Diffuse with a floral oil like Rose Absolute or Ylang Ylang Complete to help soothe the mind. For an uplifting atmosphere, try Blue Cypress alongside a bright citrus oil, such as Lemon, Kumquat, or Bergamot. Enjoy some peace with our Zen Zone Diffuser Blend; simply add 2 drops of Bergamot, 1 drop of Blue Cypress, 1 drop of Davana, and 1 drop of Sandalwood Australian to your diffuser and relax! Or, try our Mellow Mind Diffuser Blend:

Helps soothe inflammation and discomfort

A common characteristic shared by “blue” oils is that they are fantastic helpers for aches and pains. Blue Cypress is no exception! When inflammation in the joints is bothering your day, simply dilute to 1-3% in your favorite carrier oil or lotion and massage onto the area of concern. For instance, if you use two teaspoons (10 mL) of a carrier, make a 1% dilution by adding 3 drops, a 2% dilution by adding 6 drops, or a 3% dilution by adding 9 drops.

Blend Blue Cypress with other great oils for inflammation, including Copaiba Oleoresin, Frankincense Serrata, or Lavender. You can also give our Lumps and Bumps blend a try: in an ounce of carrier oil or lotion, add 6 drops of Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, 5 drops of Blue Cypress, 4 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus, and 3 drops of Lavender. To make this recipe KidSafe, substitute Rosemary for Spearmint and Eucalyptus Globulus for Eucalyptus Dives.

Helps clear up skin concerns

Woman looking at her skin in the mirror

Reddened, congested skin is no match for Blue Cypress! Whether you’re waging a war against pores, bumps, or itchy bug bites, this blue oil can help save the day. Use a maximum of 3 drops per 10 mL of carrier oil for a safe 1% dilution on the face, but you can increase the number of drops to 9 drops (a 3% dilution) for other areas of the body. For extra skin-loving power, blend Blue Cypress with essential oils like Myrrh, Frankincense Frereana, Helichrysum Italicum, or Rose Absolute.

Supports clear breathing

Woman relaxing at home

Like many coniferous essential oils (think: Pine, Cypress, Balsam Fir), Blue Cypress can provide wonderful help if you’re feeling like your respiratory system may need a little boost. That can be especially true during the spring season thanks to pollen leading to sore throats and irritating coughs. For a blend that supports your respiration, add together 3 drops of Blue Cypress, 3 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus, 2 drops of Lemon, and 2 drops of Lavandin. Use 3-4 drops of this blend in a diffuser or add a single drop of the blend into a steam bowl and get to clear breathing again!

Some more things you should know about Blue Cypress…

Curious about the difference between Cypress and Blue Cypress?

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) and Blue Cypress (Callitris intratropica) may have a very similar name, but they are very different oils! Each oil is not only steam distilled from different plants, but they are also distilled from different parts of those plants. Cypress is distilled from the leaves while Blue Cypress is distilled from the wood. Additionally, they have very different chemical profiles. Both are great for respiratory support, but Blue Cypress has some amazing skin-soothing properties that really set it apart.

Last but not least….

Blue Cypress is a thick, tenacious oil that may need some help coming out of its bottle. If you are having trouble coaxing the drops out, try warming it up! Seal the capped bottle in a small zip-type baggie and place in a bowl of warm water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Don’t worry—this won’t hurt the oil! Or, you can get your drops out using a pipette.

If you have any questions about Blue Cypress Essential Oil, make sure to reach out to our awesome team of aromatherapists at [email protected].

54 thoughts on “4 Ways to Use Blue Cypress: Our Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week”

  1. after reading this article, i blended blue Cypress with Jack pine and eucalyptus radiata for a congestion remedy that worked and feels less harsh than some other blends! thanks

  2. Blue Cypress has been on our wish list for a while now. After reading this great info, I am sure it won’t be long until it will be in our oil collection.

  3. I struggle with redness on parts of my face and have yet to find anything that really makes a difference in helping with that. I may have to try this!

  4. I need to order this! I’m going to add it in my facial routine and also try diffusing it! I’m getting ready to order it now. I missed it in the spotlight if the week.

  5. Blue Cypress is a beautiful oil! Thank you for this informative blog post. I can’t wait to try the diffuser blend recipe, it sounds lovely!

  6. I have Blue Cypress and love the smell, but his blog post really helped me to understand the oil better and utilize it in new ways.

  7. I just bought some Blue Cypress. And came here to read the details. It was prefect timing. My daughter woke up stuffy so I made her the diffuser recipe listed above. She likes it. Cypress is one of my favorite oils and I’m sure Blue Cypress will be too.

  8. I was keeping an eye on this oil to recreate Snow Flurries, but other priorities cam up. I hope the next season will be the winning one 😉

  9. I love this oil! It has so many uses! So great for the skin. Looking forward to using it for other things as well.

  10. This is one of my favourite oils. I use it in a room spray with frankincense and myrrh and my house smells amazing!!

  11. This oil is definitely on my list to use! I’ve had alot of shoulder pain from my workouts and would love to try this to see if it helps. I love that it is a grounding oil too and helps support skin and respiratory.

  12. Wow! I didn’t know! I’m wanting to explore oils topically for pain and joint discomfort. I may just need to add this oil to my collection!

  13. I’ve also read it is good for work on the lower chakras, so I am looking forward to it as a meditation oil. I just got it last night, so looking forward to exploring it.

  14. This sounds like the oil for me. I was on the fence about it. Now, I have to get it. I have blends for joint pain, muscle pain, and bug bites. I think the joint pain one could do with a different smell.

    Will the woodsy scent be strong enough to cut out some of the medicinal scent of a balm? It’s not my favorite to smell like a medicine cabinet.

  15. I like the description of the Blue Cypress. I am curious to see if it would work to reduce the redness of rosacea.

  16. This oil of blue color? I have a blue cypress from other producer, but it is not blue….
    Big opening for me that this oil of blue color. Very good article. I know now that I will buy in the following order:)

  17. Looking forward to purchasing it! It’s so amazing how many benefits this oil is able to provide. Still, I was wondering …does the common Cypress oil have the same benefits when it comes to lumps???

    1. No, Cypress and Blue Cypress are very different regarding the therapeutic properties they provide. It is kind of confusing because they both have “cypress” in their name, but their aromas, chemical makeup, and the tree they come from are all different 🙂

  18. Blue Cypress sounds awesome! I’m excited to add it to my oil collection and try out all these lovely benefits.

  19. Great article and very informative. I have always used Cypress for my breathing issues. I will have to try Blue Cypress for inflammation/joint issues along with respiratory support.

  20. Great article! I love kid safe oils, especially ones with so many uses! The product sheet says not to use if pregnant or breastfeeding. I wonder what the specific safety concerns are and whether they are just topical or for diffusion as well?

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Shanna! Please feel free to email in to our aromatherapist team at [email protected] to get more information about the specific pregnancy/breastfeeding concerns with this oil.

  21. Looking forward to purchasing this today. It’s been on my wish list and now that it a “spotlight” oil with 15% off I have no excuse. So it’s in my shopping cart. I will reference back to this blog when I get it so I can make some potions.

  22. Looking forward to purchasing this oil while its the oil of the week and trying it for all its benefits! It having a woodsy scent is an added bonus because those are my favorites!

  23. I love blue cypress. It is one of my go-to blues for my boo-boo blend. I am so glad to see it is the spotlight oil, I am nearly out, and need to get more.

  24. I ordered this as soon as I realized it was spotlight oil of the week. It’s been on my wish list forever!

  25. I didn’t know that Blue Cypress had such capabilities. I have always loved the smell but I am glad to have this article to look back and see what the benefits are to this oil.

  26. How does the smell of Blue Cypress compare to Cypress? I love the smell of Cypress, but is Blue Cypress anything similar? Or entirely different?

    1. Blue Cypress and Cypress have very different aromas! While Cypress has a very distinct coniferous aroma like you would expect from an evergreen tree, Blue Cypress is much sweeter…almost a little Spearmint-y, if that makes sense. And while Cypress is composed primarily of the constitute a-Pinene, which gives that “tree” smell, Blue Cypress has very, very little comparatively. I hope this helps!

  27. Blue Cypress is one of my absolute favorite singles! I am so glad to see it as the spotlight oil this week and to learn some new uses for it!

  28. This sounds divine. I love Cypress and imagine I’ll love Blie Cupress just as much. Will be purchasing this for sure. An added bonus is that it’s kidsafe.

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