Blue Cypress Essential Oil (Callitris columellaris)
Blue Cypress may also be referred to as White Cypress Pine, Coast Cypress Pine, Emerald Cypress, Emerald Cypress CO2 Extract, Murray River Cypress Pine, Northern Cypress Pine, Australian Blue Cypress. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the wood and bark.
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 Root or Sacral chakras.
As its name indicates, Blue Cypress Essential Oil is typically pale blue in color. Salvatore Battaglia indicates that guaiazulene, a sesquiterpene, is responsible for the oil's beautiful blue hue and its anti-inflammatory properties. Guaiazulene is not present in the botanical material itself, but is formed during the distillation process. [Reference: Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy Third Edition Volume 1 - Foundations & Materia Medica (Brisbane Australia: Black Pepper Creative, 2018), 263.]
This would be similar to the matricin present in German Chamomile converting to chamazulene during the distillation ofGerman Chamomile Oil.
Blue Cypress is a conifer.
- Aroma Description:
- Common Name(s): White Cypress Pine, Coast Cypress Pine, Emerald Cypress, Emerald Cypress CO2 Extract, Murray River Cypress Pine, Northern Cypress Pine, Australian Blue Cypress
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Synonyms(s) for Callitris columellaris: Callitris arenosa, Callitris columellaris var. campestris, Callitris columellaris var. intratropica, Callitris columellaris var. microcarpa, Callitris glauca, Callitris glaucophylla, Callitris intratropica, Frenela columellaris, Frenela moorei, Frenela robusta var. microcarpa, Frenela verrucosa var. laevis, Octoclinis backhousii, Widdringtonia equisetiformis
- Botanical Family: Cupressaceae
- Botanical Genus: Callitris
- Major Compounds: B-Eudesmol, Dihydrocolumellarin, Guaiol, Gamma-Eudesmol, a-Eudesmol
- Perfumery Note: Middle to Top Note, Fixative
- Consistency: Thin
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Color: Pale Blue
- Indigenous Country: Australia
- Cultivation: Sustainably Wild Grown
- Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
- Part Typically Used: Wood and Bark
- Ethically and sustainably sourced
- Wild Harvested
- Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
- Not recommend or safe for children
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Allergy Arthritis Burns Gynaecological Conditions Insect Bites Insect Repellents Skin : All types Wounds
Benefits of Blue Cypress:
Reddened, congested skin, can help keep minor skin breaks clean, and can help with respiratory support
Therapeutic Benefits of Blue Cypress:
Analgesic Anti-bacterial Anti-inflammatory Calming Cicatrisant Insect Repellent Wound healing
Other Uses for Blue Cypress:
Blue Cypress Blends:
Amyris Bergamot Black Pepper Cardamom Cedarwood, Atlas Cedarwood, Virginian Chamomile, Roman Cistus Clary Sage Cypress Eucalyptus Fir Balsam - Canada Frankincense Frankincense frereana Geranium Grapefruit Jasmine Juniper Berry Labdanum Lavender Lemon Lime Marjoram Myrtle Oakmoss Patchouli Pine Rose Rosemary Sandalwood Spikenard Ylang Ylang
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Blue Cypress:
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.]
Safety Precautions for Blue Cypress:
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Contraindications of Blue Cypress:
Hypotensive (may lower blood pressure); otherwise no known hazards. Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
Botanical Description of Blue Cypress:
Callitris columellaris also knows as white Cypress pine, Northern Cypress pine and Murray River pine is a species of coniferous tree in the cypress family, found across the drier interiors of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
The tree can grow up to 20 meters, but most are about 12 m high, with a trunk of up to 50 cm in diameter.
The oil has a very earthy, woody aroma and is a mild yellow honey color and is extracted via steam distillation from the leaf or twigs.
History of Blue Cypress:
The Blue Cypress Oil has long been used for medical purposes and to repel mosquitoes, among other uses, by some mainland aboriginal groups and by the Tiwi people of Bathurst and Melville Islands, northeast of Darwin, Australia.
Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities
Blue Cypress Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Isolation and characterization of 52 polymorphic EST-SSR markers for Callitris columellaris (Cupressaceae).
- PubMed: Analyses of delta(13)C and delta(18)O in tree rings of Callitris columellaris provide evidence of a change in stomatal control of photosynthesis in response to regional changes in climate.
- PubMed: Desoxypodophyllotoxin, the cytotoxic principle of Callitris columellaris F. Muell.
- PubMed: Cultural legacies, fire ecology, and environmental change in the Stone Country of Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park, Australia.
- PubMed: The development of seasonal tree water deficit in Callitris intratropica.