Positivity – that’s what cypress essential oil throws at its users. There’s no time to entertain joy-sucking emotions with this soothing extract on hand. It’s an oil of motion and flow, helping you rid your mind and life of things you cannot control.
Botanical Name: Cupressus sempervirens
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean, Europe
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Plant Parts Used: Needles, twigs, cones. (An absolute is occasionally produced)
Note Classification: Middle
Scent: Woody, nutty scent, with a hint of spice
Blends Well With: Juniper, bergamot, cardamom, cedarwood, pine, clary sage, lemon, lavender, mandarin, Moroccan chamomile, ambrette seed, labdanum, orange, marjoram, sandalwood, benzoin
Shelf Life: 2 years
- For a list of cautions associated with the use of cypress essential oil, please review this article.
- Read more about essential oil safety here.
Maximum Dilution: Avoid skin sensitivity by applying a maximum dermal use of 3%.
Benefits Of Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress is an emotional cleanser that facilitates and encourages change.
The oil breaks down walls, creates balance, and hails flexibility. Cypress helps you to appreciate that it’s fine to do things differently. Out of your comfort zone; that’s where the oil takes you. While the oil cleanses your emotional state, it also has a detoxifying impact on your body’s systems. Cypress essential oil can be used
- for women’s health
- for skin care
- for respiratory issues
- for pain relief and detoxing
- for personal hygiene
- for mental elevation and comfort
For Women’s Health
Soothes The Dreadful Blows Of Painful Menstruation
The soothing action of cypress may relieve localized menstrual pain when applied. Sure, a monthly cycle has its perks, but you don’t always have to fall flat when it happens. The sedative impact of cypress will quiet the uproar in your abdomen as your uterus’ walls break down. The oil also works to improve circulation which may relieve menstrual cramps.
Keep Mood Swings And Other Menopausal Problems At Bay
In most cases, women going through menopause are ticking time bombs; they’re just waiting to explode at someone. It’s difficult dealing with hot flashes, insomnia, and a barrage of other menopausal problems. These issues can turn a sweet, calm woman into a nightmare.
If you identify with any of the above, know that cypress essential oil may be able to regulate your symptoms. The calming effect of the oil may lessen these unhealthy emotions. You can just about wave goodbye to those extreme highs and extreme lows as your hormones will be regulated.
Regulates Abnormal Menstrual Cycles
Abnormally heavy bleeding, prolonged cycles, and irregular periods cause anxiety in women. Some women may worry that there may be an underlined reason for this irregularity. Abnormal cycles are common, especially if you engage in heavy exercise, is underweight, or too stressed.
These conditions upset the natural order of your hormones, creating an imbalance. Cypress may push your system in the right direction.
For Skin Care
Promotes Moisturized and Vibrant Skin
Cypress can be used to clean the skin and shrink pores . If you’re suffering from oily skin, the oil may be able to help. It eliminates bacteria on the skin that could promote pimples and blackheads, if left undisturbed.
As cypress mimics the action of an astringent, the oil puts moisture in its proper place. There’s no need to lament about oily or overly hydrated skin. Cypress oil also boasts balancing properties; your skin won’t be too dry or oily.
The toning properties will equalize your skin’s pH level. You need oil on your skin, just not in excess. Your appearance will look better. Facial pores will likely be reduced, your skin tissues will tighten, and you’ll have a more vibrant look to flaunt.
Helps to Minimize Excessive Perspiration
The cedrol component of cypress essential oil produces a relaxant effect. This activity may be used to reduce stress encounters that incite one to sweat profusely. The oil also work as a cleanser and deodorizer.
While it works to regulate body temperature and perspiration, the deodorant impact it has may kill body odor caused by sweating. Once you can control that, you’ll smell much better, and repel less people.
Varicose, or spider veins, typically occurs when blood accumulates in the veins, rather than its usual flow. This may cause the veins to bulge or protrude. As cypress essential oil stimulates blood flow, it may be used to lessen the effects of varicose veins. Once topical administration of the oil is consistent, the oil may “astringe varicose veins”.
BONUS: Because cypress aids with detoxification and excretion, it may boost circulation and rid the body of fluids that may contribute to cellulite formation.
For Respiratory Issues
Provides Relief Against Asthma-Like Attacks and Symptoms
Cypress may relax the muscles around your airways and prevent them from tightening. Narrow airways make breathing challenging, and chest discomfort often follows. The muscle-soothing properties of the oil assuages these muscles and may prevent an asthma attack from happening.
Also, by removing air pollutants and allergens, it could provide significant relief for asthma victims. While this won’t cure asthma, it opens the airways, allowing a fresh space for oxygen to inhabit.
Lessen Inflammation and Discomfort Associated With Issues Of The Bronchial Tubes
The virus that causes bronchitis often leaves the bronchial tubes inflamed. This makes it difficult for your airways to do their job – transport air to your lungs. Inflamed tubes are restricted and may cause chest discomfort, shortness of breath, and wheezing. These symptoms could last up to 2 – 3 weeks.
Cypress essential oil may be used to reduce swelling, tenderness, and pain experienced along the airways, which may make it easier to breathe.
For Pain Relief and Detoxing
Give Your Joints, Muscles, and Connective Tissues A Break
Conditions like fibromyalgia, rheumatism, bursitis, or osteoarthritis leaves your body engulfed in extreme muscular pain, swelling, and stiffness. While unable to ‘cure’ your degenerative condition, the cedrol constituent of cypress may just provide the relief you need.
Frequent usage of the oil reduces swelling and pain in the joints and muscles. It’s possible that your muscles will feel more relaxed, and less inflamed. You likely be able to move around more without feeling like a decrepit soul.
Poor Circulation Has No Hold On You
Cypress essential oil supports lymphatic function and may help rid the body of excess fluid. If the lymphatic system fails to operate as it normally would, problems could develop. These problems include skin changes and discoloration, blisters, fluids leaking from the skin and even infections. With toxins ousted from the body, your health could see exponential improvements.
For Personal Hygiene
Replace Musty Air With Nutty, Woody Fragrance
As one of the primary constituents of cypress, carene is used in flavors, cosmetics, and perfumes, and may be used to evict musty air.
You’ll be left with a woody, nutty, and rustic scent. You can now feel confident inviting friends over for a good time.
Stinky Feet – Smelly Home
There are many things that make a woman cringe; stinky feet is one of them. This isn’t a comment targeting men, but they seem to have it pretty bad; especially when they use one specific pair of shoes daily for work. Pregnant women and teenagers are also susceptible to smelly feet. In addition to making everyone in the home cranky, it can leave nasty odors behind.
If you, or a relative, is struggling with smelly feet, cypress essential oil may be used as a deodorant to clean up stinky feet. Your feet and home will smell better in no time.
Stop Children From Bed Wetting
Your kid is old enough to control their bladder, but for some reason they can’t. Worse case, even your teen has fallen prey to bed wetting. Don’t ask me why; not even doctors are able to pinpoint a reason. It’s a natural process, I guess, until your kid grows out of it.
But, what if you could help speed up that ‘natural’ process? The cedrol constituent of cypress essential oil may help reduce incontinence and prevent excessive fluid retention – AKA bed wetting. Help them break the cycle.
Mental Elevation And Comfort
Provides Comfort During Moments of Grief
Cypress essential oil should be your go-to therapeutic remedy in moments of grief. Carene, a major constituent of the oil, has a calming effect. This reduces brain function and puts you at ease. As your brain tries to process and accept the loss of a loved one, it’s easy to think irrationally. Cypress removes irrationality from the equation, and even helps you sleep during this period.
Relieves Anxiety And Helps You Concentrate On What’s Important
The Carene constituent also acts as a calming agent for the nervous system. Family drama, economic downturn, and chronic illness; these can cause emotional unrest and stress. Cypress softens the blows of these unfortunate situations.
Even as your world falls apart, the oil allows a sense of peace to set in. With cypress, you’ll always have a ‘calm during the storm’.
A Mental Tonic To Boost Memory Function
The cedrol compound of cypress boasts an uplifting or invigorating effect when administered. It strengthens tired minds and improves mental focus. To supplement, the carene constituent has a similar effect. It increases memory retention and stimulation. Your mind will feel rejuvenated, and you’ll likely have less, “Oh my gosh! I can’t find my key”, moments.
The Bottom Line
- Cypress helps you break emotional stiffness, stagnancy, and rigidity. It may help women cope with ovarian issues, to reduce menstrual cramps, while also working against mood swings that commonly affect women struggling through menopause.
- It can be used to cleanse the skin for vibrancy, tightening, and oil removal that may encourage acne. Unattractive skin conditions such as varicose veins (spider veins) and cellulite may be reduced by using cypress.
- Cypress promotes muscle contraction and reduces swelling, it may promote better breathing to fill your air passage with breath.
- It may also have a detoxifying and pain-relieving impact on joints, muscles and connective tissues.