Benefits and Properties
of Cypress Essential Oil
Cupressaceae coniferous family
Cypress essential oil has the ability to get 'stagnant matter' moving so is good for help with the circulatory, urinary,and digestive system and also the skin.
Place of Origin
Asia Minor, also native to eastern Mediterranean. Mostly produced in France and Italy, but grows wide in Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, North Africa, England and some other countries
The cypress tree is a coniferous, evergreen tree that grows to around 83 feet. It has arrow-like, erect shape. The name is derived from the Latin for ‘ever-living’.
The oil is steam distilled from the needles and twigs and sometimes the cones. It takes about 30 pounds of plant material to yield 1 pound of oil. It is a clear, pale yellow, or greenish yellow oil in color with a smoky, woody, warm, spicy, dry and resinous scent.
Pinene, terpineol, terpine, camphene, cymene, tannin, cedrol, sylvestrene, sabinol, furferol,
Blends well with
Lavender, cedarwood, bergamot, juniper, lemon, lime, orange, sandalwood, camphor, pine, clary
Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, do not use for pregnancy,
Approximate drops per use
Use about 3-5 drops in 1 ounce of carrier
Beneficial Effects – Physical
Astringent, antispasmodic, expectorant, antiseptic, bactericide, decongestant, deodorizing, regulates female hormone system
Specific Conditions – Physical
Common cold, sore throat, whooping cough, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, heavy or painful menstruation, fluid retention, wounds and sores, helps stop bleeding –internally and externally, warming, arthritis, varicose veins, menopause problems, ovarian cysts, cellulite, muscle cramps, poor circulation, asthma, bronchitis, oily skin, acne, excessive perspiration, gum infection, bleeding gums, dandruff
Beneficial Effects – Mental
Balancing, refreshing, relaxing, uplifting
Specific Conditions – Mental
Insomnia, absent mindedness, lack of concentration, uncontrollable sobbing, squandering energies, nervous breakdown, easily distracted, restores calm
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Cypress will help stop everything that flows in excess, which make it great to use for a cold (a never-ending runny nose0. At the onset of a cold (sore throat, runny nose, etc.) apply a standard dilution to the throat massaging gently downward to drain the lymphatic fluid and also diffuse the oil.
For heavy and painful menstruation dilute with a carrier oil (add lemon if you want) and use as a massage oil over the abdominal area, then cover with flannel and a warm water bottle. You can also take it internally (internally not recommended without professional help) by taking 2 drops twice daily for one week before the onset of menstruation.
Taken internally or used as a massage oil it may help slow the growth of ovarian cysts.
For a remedy for acute stage of diarrhea you can take 10-15 drops, three times a day, mixed in an infusion.
Use in a sitz bath to help treat a weak bladder.
For bleeding hemorrhoids add cypress and myrtle to a sitz bath, and also mix the oils in a salve or in witch hazel and apply externally.
For help with menopause (including hot flashes) diffuse cypress and clary sage. Also dilute with a carrier and have a whole body massage.
For coughs use the diluted oil as a massage over the chest, back, and throat. Also diffuse the oil or use a oil infused cloth or essential oil jewelry and inhale now and again.
For excessive perspiration you can make a body spray with pure water, floral water, or witch hazel and the essential oil and spray on affected areas. For extreme foot perspiration add to a foot bath (you can also add lemon).
Varicose veins can be helped by adding the oil (add lemon if you like) to a carrier oil and gently apply to the affected area.
Do you have tired, swollen feet - try a foot bath with this oil and juniper.
Add it to your shower gel for a refreshing, uplifting shower and to your shampoo for oily hair or dandruff.
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