Blue Cypress


Blue Cypress- Young Living


The word “cypress” is a common name given to several genera of evergreen, aromatic trees and shrubs which belong to the Cupressaceae family, and many of them yield essential oil. This particular cypress oil, callitris intratropica, comes from Australia. The oil’s most striking characteristic is surely its bluish coloring. Derived from the Northern Territory Cypress Pine, this oil is distilled from the barks and heart woods and requires extremely long distillation times of up to 48 hours. Most oil companies do NOT distill their oils properly (so they lack the vital constituents for wellness), so beware of who you purchase from! Historically, blue cypress has many medicinal uses for the Blue Cypress has been used historically for incense, perfume and embalming


Widely used in cosmetics as an anti-aging agent, it is beneficial to all areas of the skin, everything from the face and beauty routines to delicate baby bottoms when their diapers have rubbed them raw.

Cypress essential oil can help strengthen the gums and tighten muscles throughout the body. The main function is contraction, so cypress oil makes your gums, skin, muscles, and hair follicles contract and strengthens the cavities that hold hair and teeth, etc. It also tightens up loose skin and muscles.

Cypress oil is helpful in promoting calm muscles in the face of spasms, from  the respiratory system and intestines to the muscles in the limbs, making it a wonderful oil for the musculoskeletal system.

Cypress oil stimulates  frequency and quantity of urination, which is beneficial because urine removes excess water and toxins from the body, helps to reduce blood pressure and cleans out the kidneys. Many of the mainstream medications for lowering blood pressure are based on this aspect of detoxing through increased urination.

Other properties of cypress oil make it a good choice for treating wounds- it is a common ingredient in first aid lotions and creams, namely, Cypress oil behaves as a hemostatic and a styptic agent. Hemostatic means that it can help stop blood flow and promote clotting. Styptic primarily means it helps to prevent excessive loss of blood through contraction of the blood vessels. If someone is bleeding profusely, they need a hemostatic agent to speed up the clotting of blood and stop its flow to save their life. Similarly, a styptic agent promotes the contraction of gums, hair follicles, muscles, skin, and blood vessels, thereby stimulating the flow of blood through the blood vessels. Both of these properties can be life-saving.

Cypress oil boosts the respiratory system and increases lung  efficiency. It helps clear any buildup in the respiratory tracts and lungs to make breathing easier during times of seasonal sniffles or the common crud.

Cypress oil is considered to be a very powerful sudorific agent, which means it can cause sweating or perspiration. Periodic sweating helps remove toxins, excess salt, and water from the body, clearing out the pores. Clean pores helps to  keep away bacteria and disease.

Cypress oil endures optimal liver health by regulating a proper discharge of bile- a crucial part of a healthy the digestive process. Because Cypress also soothes muscle tension, it can bring abdominal comfort, for the digestive process or menstrual cycle.


  • Apply a few drops with carrier oil topically over abdomen to soothe menstruation flow
  • Apply a few drops over the bladder to increase urinary flow
  • Apply to the underarms to increase sweating and the release of toxins from the body- great to apply before a workout
  • Massage over areas where muscles are continually contracting to promote calmness
  • Apply daily over liver and kidneys (in a rollerball)
  • Add drops to a wound to help control bleeding
  • Massage over chest to open airways and promote respiratory comfort
  • Apply over intestines to encourage healthy, solid stool as needed
  • Diffuse or inhale for an uplifting fragrance
  • Add a few drops to a hair tonic n the shower
  • Plus a few drops in your shampoo or conditioner
  • Add a drop to your favorite moisturizer to tighten the skin
  • Apply on location for nerve support as needed
  • Apply over sores to help encourage healing
  • Make a homemade insect repellent
  • Apply and inhale daily to support the endocrine system


Sesquiterpene Alcohols

Sesquiterpenes: Beta-elemene, Beta-selinene










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Clary Sage

Clary Sage essential oil by Young Living


Clary Sage- Young Living


Originating from the mint family, clary sage was famous during the Middle Ages for its ability to help clear eye problems, This earned it the name “Clear Eyes.” A perennial in the genus Salvi, and its scientific name is salvia sclarea, it is considered to be one of the top essential oils for hormones.


Widely used for female issues, kidney support, digestive aid and skin enhancers, clary sage affects the hormones, or endocrine system. Clary sage affects the hormones of the body because it contains natural phytoestrogens, which are referred to as “dietary estrogens” that are derived from plants and not within the endocrine system. These phytoestrogens give clary sage the ability to cause estrogenic effects. It regulates estrogen levels and ensures the long-term health of the uterus — reducing the chances of uterine and ovarian cancer.

A lot of health issues today, even things like infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome and estrogen-based cancers, are caused from excess estrogen in the body — in part because of our consumption of high-estrogen foods. Because clary sage helps balance out those estrogen levels, it’s an incredibly effective essential oil.

Clary sage works to regulate the menstrual cycle by balancing hormone levels naturally and helps to alleviate typical pre-menstrual conditions. It has been used effectively in balancing mood as it has been shown to reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels upon to 36%. It also helps with sleep, supports healthy circulation and blood pressure levels,

A study was done of over 8,000 women in labor, and the aromatic benefits of clary sage demonstrated significant effectiveness at lowering maternal anxiety, fear and even pain during labor.  Another study showed clary sage’s remarkable power to soothe menstrual conditions in women


Apply on location for support

Diffuse or inhale for a calming effect

Add a couple drops to your favorite moisturizer

Inhale or diffuse for better focus

Apply to the feet at night for restful sleep

Add a few drops to a relaxing bath

Apply to pulse points or on the wrists

Inhale several times deeply to stimulate the mind and jog your memory

Apply on lower back for comfort and support during menstrual cycle

Apply over abdomen for menstrual comfort

Apply over stomach and bowls to enhance digestion

Add to night time lotion and apply over the legs

Add a few drops directly to the scalp or into your shampoo

put a drop on cuts or scrapes to speed healing

Rub over chest with carrier oil for respiratory support

Add a drop to your daily face moisturizer


  • geraniol
  • linalol
  • sesquiterpenes
  • beta-caryophyllene
  • sclareol
  • monoterpenes:
  • myrcene
  • alpha-pinene
  • beta-pinene
  • l-limonene


  • Dragon-Time
  • Cell-Lite Massage Formula
  • Femi0Gen
  • Sclar-Essence
  • Into the Future


  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Citrus Oils
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Juniper
  • Sandalwood



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No Poo in the Shower

Normally my shower is full of poo. There’s poo in every corner. In all shapes and colors. Each one with its own aroma. Each one leaves its own texture. I hate to get rid of it.

And yes. You read that correctly.

shampoo hairI have a love affair with poo. We stockpile every kind, from Pantene, to Paul Mitchell to Selsun Blue (OK, that’s my husband’s) I love the sudsy goodness on my scalp, the fragrance of… whatever it is, the creamy rinse that leaves my hair so sleek and utterly comb-able. I love shampoo.

And now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.

pureologyToday is detox day #12. I’m sorry I didn’t write sooner about it, but to be honest, I’ve been suffering a deep, dark withdrawal that I wasn’t ready to share with the world. I mean, NO POO??? I felt a bit like a criminal somehow, walking around with un-shampooed hair. After all, somebody might catch me… and then what would they think?

But I had to at least try, just to see it it’s even possible.

And then I think about all those people, since the dawn of time who didn’t have these sudsy little bottles for their hair. They never knew the joy of a salon-styled, freshly blow dried coif. They had to wash in the river for crying out loud. At least my hair won’t smell like fish!

If you spend at least four seconds surfing Al Gore’s internet, you will learn there are zillions of ways to quit shampoo. But I opted for the most basic route first. Water washing.

Of course I’ve often gone for days without washing my hair. We all have. It’s good for you, or so they say. But what I’d never done before is wet my unwashed hair. I mean NEVER. In fact, I would wash my hair just because it got wet! 

combSo Day 1 was like a total shower crisis. There I was, having wet my hair. And that was it. I attempted a comb, and to my surprise, I was easily able to comb through it. Sigh of relief. And that was the moment I realized I’d been holding my breath.

Day 2 of No Poo. Still scared out of my mind. My husband’s dandruff shampoo mocked me from it’s shelf, with it’s bright happy colors and swirly little fonts- like it was having a party and I wasn’t invited. I gritted my teeth and did the comb test. Everything felt MUCH thicker, and definitely greasier. But the comb sailed through.

Day 3- I was so distraught from days 1 and 2 that I threw it in a ponytail and didn’t wash. Denial Day

hair brush messDay 4 was not so good. When I wet my hair, it felt like someone had dumped a bottle of bacon grease in it. Not the slippery kind of greasy feeling like conditioner. But a sticky greasy feeling, like rubbing my hands across a carpet full of Crisco and bubble gum. Not fun. But I persevered. When I blow dried, it looked light and fluffy, but the texture was sticky straw. Yuck. Another pony tail

Day 5. I couldn’t WAIT to get in the shower and rinse all that nasty…oh wait… I still couldn’t use shampoo. No degreaser. No wonderfully dried out scalp and locks. That was the day I almost cried. If there had been something other than Selsun Blue available, I might have caved. Again I persevered. And wore a pony tail. Which was pretty much slicked to my head. Gross

water rinseDay 6. I rinsed. And I rinsed and I rinsed. And I rinsed and I rinsed and I rinsed and I rinsed… And I combed my hair under the shower water. And I rinsed. And I combed. And I rinsed. And I combed.  Maybe I was imagining it, but it felt a little better. That day I blow dried and wore it down. But I kept TOUCHING it because the texture was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Not straw exactly, but thicker and courser than my hair had ever felt in my life. And it dawned on me that I had barely lost ANY hair in the shower the last 5 days. Hmmmm. Interesting…

Day 7. Well, Day 6 had been such a success that I didn’t want to mess it up- so it was a ponytail day. I was still scarred from Day 5 and dreading the next “water wash”

hair combDay 8. Rinse. Comb. Rinse. Comb. Every time I ran the comb through my hair, I studied it to see HOW LITTLE HAIR came out!!! Could this be for real??? Blow dry was successful, but just in case, I wore a ponytail

Day 9. Perhaps the beginning of a breakthrough. Perhaps not. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but it’s all starting to feel a little more normal now. After my blow dry, I kept running my hand through my hair and thinking “Perhaps this is how my natural hair is, and I’ve never known it my entire life!” That thought kept me going to Day 10. It was kind of exciting. Like meeting a friend I never knew. My REAL hair!!! Maybe it would be better than my chemical treated hair! Oh the possibilities!!!

Day 10. More of the same. Still adjusting to and excited to discover my real hair- for better or for worse, this was my hair the way God intended. And it’s DEFINITELY much thicker. MUCH, MUCH THICKER.

Day 11. My hair was less “stiff” after blow-dry. It’s starting to relax more now and find a balance. I can run my fingers through it during the day and 1. they do’t get stuck and 2. It actually feels nice- although the new, thick texture is totally foreign to me!

hair 1Day 12. I did NOT blow dry. My hair FELT smooth and flowing, but it looked unstyled (as it always does without a blow dry) so I really don’t know what I was thinking. Perhaps I thought that getting in touch with my new, NATURAL hair would suddenly turn me in to the next Loreal model. Ha! A girl can dream, can’t she?

So that’s my No Poo Adventure so far. I’m determined to make it to 30 days before giving a definitive assessment. And perhaps I will try a different No Poo technique after that.

I know I had you on the edge of your seat with this journey. So stay tuned for the next installment of my poo-free adventure!