Blue Cypress Oil for Seasonal Breathing
If you're part of the 33% that becomes seasonally sensitive in the spring and fall, this post may be for you.
I just posted about the difference that flushing with a nasal rinse daily has made in my routine, and a while back I posted on how the trifecta of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils can help us breathe better when stuff gets stuffy. Click here to read that post - you don't want to miss it! But let’s take a deeper look at breathing and some more ways to help ourselves do it well.
Spring Cycles: Love is in the Air
Spring is love season for trees. Pine trees, and cottonwood trees, for instance, send their spores hither and yon (inadvertently affecting the airways of some humans) in their attempt to "be fruitful and multiply." Pollination cannot occur if the trees don't release the spores to fertilize other trees.
So the next time your child asks where baby pine cones come from, reply with this:
"Well...when a daddy tree flower feels the changing of the season from winter to spring, he releases his microscopic pollen grains into the air, hoping they will land on a mommy tree flower. When that pollen grain gets lucky and finds a female flower, "conception" happens, and a baby pine cone starts to grow!"
Once the trees have been fertilized, and then produce their "fruit" (baby pine cones in the case of pine trees, and the snow-like fluff in the case of cottonwoods), then their babies have been conceived and are developing. Pollination season is over. And we all let out a sigh of relief...
Sometimes all this plant romance poses an inconvenience for humans. Luckily, certain plants themselves prove to be wonderfully convenient in addressing the inconveniences. Don't you just love that? It's like it was all part of a plan or something. Problems occur in nature. The solutions do as well.
If you still haven't checked out the Seasonal Breathing post on lemon, lavender and peppermint, go ahead and do that. Those three amazing oils come in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, plus 9 other versatile, must-have oils that would be pretty pricey to purchase by themselves...plus a diffuser. (It's GREAT for breathing and for safe, healthy air freshening - you need to have one in your home!) The kit is $165, which is basically 50% off the retail price of all that’s in there.
But beyond the 12 oils of the starter kit, I want to introduce you to a friend of mine: Blue Cypress.
I never would have thought to buy this guy before I got it free in the Essential Rewards program (20% back on everything I purchase, AND cheap shipping and free bonus oils.)
Blue Cypress came free one time, and it’s now free again this month!
You guys...this oil is BLUE. You should get it just for that reason. And it smells earthy and smoky. And it’s from Australia. What more could you ask for?
How about some respiratory help? You can ask for that too. Because this is one powerful oil. It contains guaiazulene in it (get it- azul?), which is responsible for Blue Cypress's blue color, but also for its ability to reduce the body's response to irritation. Emotional irritation. Physical irritation. Airborne irritation...all the things.
Apparently - some people get relief from skin irritations which are triggered by the airborne or physical irritations when they apply this oil topically to the affected area.
Check out this video that shows where this oil comes from, why it’s so unique, and how Young Living’s partner farm is the only one in the world producing its valuable contents.
That guiazulene in Blue Cypress is what makes it so good for supporting your respiratory system as well. I add 2-3 drops to my diffuser in the mornings and inhale deeply before I have to step out into the outdoor air, and it's making a big difference.
You know what though, I didn't even use Blue Cypress for the longest time after it came in my order a few years back. I didn't know what to do with it.
The smell originally reminded me of lentils. (No one else who has Blue Cypress agrees with me on that scent profile, and most people love it... but I'm entitled to my own opinion, aren't I?) Not my choice of perfume.
Other Ways to Use Blue Cypress
So though I didn’t know what to do with it, inadvertently, I had started applying it not by itself, but only because it was one of the ingredients in a blend called GeneYus...a kid's oil blend (yes - I'm a kid at heart and apparently in my head too). It's been working great for me for focus and mental clarity with my 12-hour-day work projects.
I had been applying it to the base of my skull because the iTovi bioimpedance scan that I had done reported that my body responded really well to that oil. (I was shocked by the accuracy of that scan, because I'd been dealing with a ton of unexplained brain fog during that time!)
So besides respiratory relief, you can use it as a:
Brain Fog Buster: It’s in the kid’s blend for study/focus/brain function support, called GeneYus, and the adult blend BrainPower. It’s VERY high in sesquiterpenes, which are powerful for regulating healthy cellular growth, oxygenating and protecting the brain, and grounding.
Circulation Enhancer : Add to a roller with either PanAway, AromaLife, or make your own blend and use 2-3 of any good muscle oils (peppermint, wintergreen, marjoram, elemi, cypress, lemongrass, grapefruit, helichrysum, etc.)
Anyways - I started applying GeneYus to the back of my neck, and the brain fog dissipated. But as an added bonus, I started noticing that I was breathing a lot better! When I learned about Blue Cypress's respiratory system-supporting effects, and that it was a key ingredient in this mind-support blend, it all made sense.
Remember how I said to rub lemon, lavender, and peppermint on the back of your neck for seasonal sensitivities? I was doing it with Blue Cypress without even knowing - and it was having the same effect. And now, I rub it on by itself and put it in the diffuser with my lemon-lavender-peppermint concoction.
The Solution Lies Not Far from the Problem
Undoubtedly, we are well-aware of the truth that nature is pure, but yet "fallen", and presents the human race with a vast array of problems. However - nature also provides humans with solutions. In nature there is support for our bodies, and a plethora of solutions to so many of our irritations and issues. And no one can disagree that nature provides us with potent, healing nutrition for our general and specific health needs.
After all - nature, and the human race, was around for millennia before lab-produced chemicals were invented. Granted - these man-manufactured chemicals we have nowadays do yield some helpful quick fixes, but they are not without consequences. Chemicals in cleaners, pesticides, and even genetically modified food are DIRECTLY related to respiratory conditions that we blame on pollen.
Did you catch that? Respiratory, seasonal sensitivities are ever increasing among Americans...but mankind has lived for millennia with the pollen, without HEPA air filters, air conditioning, and medications, and they were FINE. What has changed? The chemicals and the genetically modified food we consume in increasing amounts as a society is causing our bodies to have annoying (at best) and dangerous (at worst) inflammatory responses. There is a direct correlation.
The more I research, the more I conclude that many of those side effects are just too risky for me and my family. And the more I research, the more I'm in awe of the design of the natural world and the treasures it yields if we just stop to look for them.