Botanical Family: Cupressaceae
Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distillation from the heartwood, which makes up 70% of the tree trunk—Australia
Chemical Constituents: Sesquiterpene Alcohols (up to 70%): guaiol (<26%), α- and β- eudesmols (<25%), bulnesol (<15%); Sesquiterpenes (<22%): β-elemene (<0%), β-selinene (<10%), δ-guaiazulene (<2%); Lactones.
Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, insect repellent, and stimulant (to amygdalla, pineal gland, pituitary gland, and hypothalamus).
Common Primary Uses: Shingles.
Historical Uses: Blue cypress has been used historically for incense, perfume, and embalming. The resin was used for sores, cuts, and upset stomachs. The aboriginal Tiwi people of Australia would throw the wood onto the fire to drive away the mosquitoes and midges. The guaiazulene gives blue cypress oil its azure blue color.
Other Possible Uses: Blue cypress may help with abdominal cramps, aches and pain (minor), brain function (improves circulation and oxygenates), cold sores, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, and the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Body System(s) Affected: Digestive and Immune Systems.
Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and directly on area of concern; diffuse.
Safety Data: None available.
Blends With: Cedarwood, frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, melissa, and sandalwood.
Odor: Type: Base Note (5–20% of the blend); Scent: Long-lasting, warm, woody, earthy; Intensity: 3.