Blue Cypress Essential Oil
The aroma of Australian Blue Cypress Essential Oil is woody yet sweet with a fruity/lemony quality. It is quite pleasant, and I can see its aroma being well suited for emotional as well spiritual applications. Although I would not exactly describe Blue Cypress Oil as being similar to Rosewood, Rosalina or Petitgrain, you are likely to enjoy the aroma Blue Cypress if you have a kinship to these other lighter, sweet wood oils.
I've read several references to Blue Cypress Oil being a grounding oil, and I can see it being useful for that purpose or for work with the root chakra especially where balance is needed. Within chakra work, Blue Cypress Oil may be helpful for use with the Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras.
Blue Cypress Essential Oil may be blue, but also can be clear or very pale yellow. The color is dependent upon the amount of guaiazulene that the distillation contains. Guaiazulene acts as a noteworthy anti-inflammatory.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Clear to Pale Yellow
(Sometimes it's a very pale blue or has a slight hint of blue)
Strength of Initial Aroma
Fresh, sweet, with notes of lemon and cedar.
Blue Cypress Essential Oil Uses
Arthritis, asthma, fragrance fixative. [Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols (Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999), 51.]
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[L. Doimo, Azulenes, Costols and Gamma-Lactones from Cypress-pines (Callitris columellaris, C. glaucophylla and C. intratropica) Distilled Oils and Methanol Extracts. (Jounral of Essential Oil Research 13, 2001), 25-29. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 265-266.]
Avoid during pregnancy and lactation. It may interact with drugs and may be fetotoxic. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 266.]
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