The Cypress family of conifers is known as Cupressacea and includes 27-30 genera with about 130-140 species. They are a perennial tree and get about eighty feet tall. A mature trees bark is usually orange to red-brown. The bark is of a stringy texture and often flaky or peeling in strips but smooth, however, some species may be scaly, hard and cracked. On young Cypress the leaves are needle-like and fall of in groups, not individually. The Cypress family is known as the largest, tallest, and stoutest trees in the world. The botanical name is Cupressus sempervirens.
Cypress Essential Oil is steam distilled usually from the needles and the twigs of young branches. The color is a pale yellow and has a woody, slightly spicy, and a refreshing masculine smell. Cypress is also known as an evergreen tree having dark green foliage. The tree has small flowers and cones with seed nuts of brown-gray color. The origin of Cypress is Mediterranean, Spain, and Italy.
Cypress oil has been widely used in ancient civilizations as medicine by the Chinese, followed by the Greeks, and then the Egyptians used the oil for medicinal use as well as the trees for coffins due to its strong wood. The Cypress tree is often linked with death and usually found around cemeteries, which is probably due to the fact that Jesus was put on a cross of Cypress wood. However, the essential oil obtained from this tree has amazing preventions and cures for some truly devastating conditions and illnesses.
Sabinene, a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, d-3carene, myrcene, a-terpinene, terpinolene, linalool, bornyl acetate, cedrol and cadinene are the main components of Cypress Oil.
Cypress Essential Oil Benefits
Cypress Essential Oil’s benefits the body due largely to the fact that the oil is non-toxic, non-sensitizing, and a non-irritant. Cypress Essential Oil helps with limiting excess fluid, like perspiration, bronchitis and fluid retention. Cypress Essential Oil can be inhaled, applied directly to the skin, and added to bath water or other liquids.
- Antiseptic – fast healing for wounds, itching, eczema and psoriasis.
- Antispasmodic -by relaxing muscles and nerves will give you quick relief of cramps and muscle spams
- Deodorant – great for eliminating body odor
- Diuretic – by increases urination will help you lose weight and unneeded toxins in your body
- Hemostatic – great for circulation, varicose veins and cellulite
- Hepatic – promotes clotting
- Styptic -helps the blood flow normally for distribution throughout the body
- Respiratory – relief from cough, asthma or any other respiratory problems
- Sudorific – helps with perspiration, which a necessity to remove toxins quickly from our body
- Sedative – soothes nerves and nervous tension
- Vasoconstrictor – with the calming and soothing effect on the nerves
- Insecticide – mosquito repellent
- Headaches– lessens sensitivity of nerves to pain
- Astringent-strengthens your gums and tighten muscles in the body
- Cicatrisant – helps scars and other marks on your skin disappear
- Digestive – the stimulating effect increases the secretion of digestive juices
- Analgesic – with the use Bergamot Essential Oil you can reduce pain
- Weight Reduction – reduces cellulite in the body
- Anxiety – when inhaled as aromatherapy
- Antidepressant – has a positive impact on the psychology
- Antibiotic – inhibits the growth viruses and infections
- Acne – eliminates the effects that acne has
- High Blood Pressure– by eliminating stress
Cypress Essential Oil’s aroma makes it not only extremely relaxing on the mind, but also offers comprehensive benefits for the body.
Cypress Essential Oil Uses
- A few drop of Cypress Oil can be added to your lotions or diluted in the bath for arthritis, asthma, cellulite, cramps, diarrhea, sweaty feet, rheumatism, varicose veins, heavy menstruation and menopause.
- Cypress Oil can be used as a cream base for varicose and broken veins.
- Use a few drops of Cypress Essential Oil for clearing oily and congested skin.
- For a Nosebleed add a few diluted drops on a cold compress. You will find this very effective.
- For Foot Odor add a few drop of oil to a footbath.
- Inhaling Cypress Oil will help with that annoying runny nose.
- Adding a few drops of the Cypress Oil in bath water can remove fatigue and energize your mind and body.
- Mix a little Cypress Oil in with your hand lotions for improving your skin tone and eliminate toxins.
- Cypress oil is great for cleaning greasy hair and cleans the scalp without drying it out.
- Most essential oils do blend well together, Cypress Essential Oil will blend particularly well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Juniper, Pine, Marjoram, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Frankincense, and any citrus oils.
Cypress Essential Oil Side Effects
Cypress essential oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.