Cypress Essential Oil

Cupressus Sempervirens

Cypress Essential Oil was valued by ancient civilizations for medicine, respiratory health, circulation and excessive perspiration.

It is currently being studied for its antioxidant and antiglycation properties that may be useful in the prevention of diabetic and cardiovascular complications. (Asgary S. et al., 2013). 

It has a fresh slightly woodsy aroma which makes it popular as a fragrance in colognes, after shaves, & perfumes.



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What is Cypress Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Cypress Essential Oil

Family:  Cupressaceae
Origins:  Europe
Other Names:  Italian cypress, Mediterranean cypress
Description:  Tall conical evergreen with small flowers and round brown-grey cones (nuts).
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Needles and twigs

Principal Constituents:  Pinene, camphene, sylvestrene, cymene, carene and others.

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Do not use near flame, heat or sparks
  • Do not store at temperatures above 120F (49C)
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Neat - Can be taken at full strength without dilution

Suggested Uses

Use Cypress Oil in a 50:50 blend with carrier oil for the following:

  • Massage on your legs to help with water retention (edema)
  • To relieve hemorrhoids, and help heal wounds
  • For a foot massage to control excessive foot perspiration
  • Massage the lower abdomen and the bottoms of your feet to ease painful menstruation and other menopausal problems including to regulate excessive menstrual flow.
  • Promote blood clotting.
  • Heals wounds, cuts and open sores quickly.

Cypress oil can be used to stop bed wetting in children. For small children apply a couple drops of Cypress Oil at the base of their spine 2 -3 times a day for about a month. If the child is older and can swallow capsules mix Cypress with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend, and give it to them 3 times a day. Gelatin capsules can be purchased from Amazon.

Asthma

To help with an asthma attack put a couple drops of Cypress Essential Oil on a tissue and inhale.

Mix Cypress with carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and rub it on your chest to treat asthma, bronchitis, coughing spasms, and whooping cough.

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Circulation

Cypress Oil is known for it's ability to improve circulation in muscles and joints which will help with rheumatism, decrease muscle cramps, control edema (swollen legs from fluid retention), treat varicose veins, and reduce excessive perspiration.

Massage a 50:50 blend of cypress and carrier oil into your arms and legs in the direction of your heart to assist in blood circulation.

For varicose veins, gently apply cypress undiluted and without massaging to the area of concern. Application should be in the direction of your heart.

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Depression

Cypress Essential Oil works well as a depression remedy.

It can be very calming and can provide a sense of stability in times of uncertainty which is helpful for people who are experiencing emotional stress or are having trouble sleeping.

Rub some oil on the soles of your feet to feel more grounded.

Rub a few drops of Cypress Oil on your palms or put on a tissue and inhale deeply. Cypress can also be disbursed into the room by a diffuser, especially at the bedside at night.

Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom Salts and take a nice relaxing bath.

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Emotional Balance

Cypress Essential Oil can provide a sense of security and stability in time of uncertainty.

Rub a few drops of Cypress Oil on your palms or put on a tissue and inhale deeply.

Rub some oil on the soles of your feet to feel more grounded.

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Healing

Cypress Essential Oil possesses antiseptic qualities and is able to treat both external and internal wounds while also controlling infections.

The oil has also been studied for its antimicrobial activity against certain bacteria and fungi with very good results.

Its ability to kill bacteria on the skin makes it an effective treatment against sores and pimples. 

Cypress can stimulate blood flow which is necessary for quick healing of damaged tissue.

Blend the oil with carrier oil in a 50:50 solution to apply topically wherever needed.

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Hemorrhoids

Cypress Essential Oil works well for healing hemorrhoids.

It has antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties. It is known for it's ability to improve circulation, treat varicose veins, relieve hemorrhoids, and help heal wounds.

It is able to stimulate blood flow which can reduce inflammation, spasms, itching and pain.

Cypress oil is also known for it's ability to stop bleeding.

Mix a few drops in a 50:50 solution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut and apply externally without massaging.

This solution can also be taken internally using a Gelatin Capsule available from Amazon

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Inflammation

Cypress Essential Oil has been known to:

  • decrease colitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the colon) spasms.
  • decrease fluid retention, a common cause of carpal tunnel as well as the pain associated with it.
  • Stimulate blood flow to reduce inflammation.

Blend the oil with carrier oils in a 50:50 solution and massage effected areas.

This solution can also be taken internally using a Gelatin Capsule available from Amazon

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Nasal & Nose Bleeds

Put a couple drops of Cypress Essential Oil into your palms and breathe in through your nose to stop sudden nosebleeds.

If nosebleeds are a regular problem try rubbing a drop over your nose and on your sinuses.

This can also be done around (not in) open wounds to stop minor bleeding.

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Pain Management

Cypress Essential Oil is antispasmodic and can be used topically to reduce muscle cramps and spasms and relieve restless leg syndrome.

Massage the area of concern with a 50:50 blend of Cypress and carrier oil.

Respiratory System

Diffuse 20 drops of Cypress Essential Oil to help with respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis and spasmodic coughing.

Cypress can also be massaged on your chest and throat in a 50:50 solution with a carrier oil.

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Skin Treatment

Cypress Oil can be massaged in a 50:50 solution with a carrier oil on the soles of your feet to deodorize and reduce perspiration. This action will also have beneficial effects on other parts of your body thanks to pressure points.

Oily skin - A few drops of Cypress oil can also be added to your regular skin care products to be applied to your face on a daily basis.

Perspiration - mix a few drops of Cypress with a little water and apply to your underarms for a natural deodorant.

Men - Its Woody aroma makes Cypress oil a great aftershave.

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Stress Management

Cypress Essential Oil can be very calming and can provide a sense of stability in times of uncertainty which is helpful for people who are experiencing emotional stress or are having trouble sleeping.

Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom salts and take a nice relaxing bath.

Rub a few drops of Cypress Oil on your palms or put on a tissue and inhale deeply. Cypress can also be disbursed into the room by a diffuser, especially at the bedside at night.

Rub some oil on the soles of your feet to feel more grounded.

Other Oils for Stress

Main Page - Stress Management

Toxins

Cypress Essential Oil is a diuretic:

Phytochemical investigation and hepatoprotective activity of Cupressus sempervirens L. leaves growing in Egypt
pubmed.gov

  • It helps flush out internal toxins
  • It helps remove water, salt and toxins through increased perspiration
  • It helps cleanse your liver and reduce your cholesterol

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Vertigo

Cypress Essential Oil is known to stimulate blood flow which can help reduce lightheadedness/dizziness and enable your brain to function more effectively. 

Cypress can be diffused or inhaled using steam in a pot of hot water. Some people report it is also effective when they dilute it with a carrier oil and massage it on their chest.

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Combine With Other Oils

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