Cypress Essential Oil
Italian Cypress, Mediterranean Cypress
- Cypress is calming and dependable oil. It soothes respiratory issues, relaxes an overburden mind, reduces excess fluids, tones the veins and balances oily skin.
Farming Method Wildcrafted Country of Origin Spain Plant Part Wood and Needle Scientific Name Cupressus sempervirens Application Method Diffusion
Cypress is a balancing and soothing essential oil. It’s like a best friend: dependable and there for you. Its astringent qualities makes is excellent for oily skin and edema, but, be careful with it in the case of inflammation, because it is a heating oil. Emotionally, if you are feeling out of balance and are seeking some steadiness in times of change or grief, Cypress Essential Oil can be a sturdy companion creating some comfort and tranquility.
Below is a list of benefits that Cypress Essential Oil provides, by category:
Respiratory System: Bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma
Nervous System: Over burdened nervous system, agitation, times of change, grief, psychic blocks.
Skin Care: Acne, oily skin,
For use on the skin (Topical Application), dilute up to 2-4% in any carrier oil.
For Whole Body Massage, use essential oil up to 2% maximum in any carrier oil. 2% is approximately 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential oil per 1 cup (250ml) of carrier oil, or about 10 drops essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil.
Restoring Calm: Diffusion
Bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma: Direct Inhalation, Diffusion
Skin care (for oily, acne): Skin Wash, Topical Application
Varicose veins: Topical Application (very gently apply with upwards strokes, do not massage).
Excessive sweating of feet: Foot Bath
Arthritis, gout: Dilute up to 2-4% in any carrier oil (10-20 drops per tablespoon) and massage into affected areas.
Sore throat: 1 drop on the tongue, but this helps only when done at the onset.
Hemorrhoids: Dilute up to 2-4% in any carrier oil (10-20 drops per tablespoon) and massage into affected areas.
Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. Avoid during the first five months of pregnancy.
The cypress tree has a long and interesting history. The Greeks dedicated the cypress tree to Pluto (the god of the underworld) so many graveyards are associated with cypress trees. Hippocrates used cypress to treat hemorrhoids and it was used for bladder infections and internal bleeding by Dioscorides.
About the Plant
The cypress tree dates back to the Pliocene era (5.3 to 1.8 million years ago) and can live to be around two thousand years old. Imagine seeing the world change so much in your lifetime as a tree! The Cypress Essential Oil is distilled from twigs from the tall evergreen tree bearing the cones. It is understood that the cones contain the active principle.
Where it Grows
Native to the eastern Mediterranean regions. It now grows wild in France, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, North Africa, England and the Balkan countries.
Description of Scent
Woody, spicy, clear, refreshing
Oils that Blend Well
Benzoin, Cedar, Juniper, Pine, Rosemary, Sandalwood
Pinene, camphene, sylvestrene, cymene, sabinol