Botanical Name: Cupressus sempervirens
Country of Origin: France
Plant Part: Needles & Twigs
Distillation Method: Steam Distilled
About the Oil
A tall evergreen tree with slender branches and a statuesque conical shape, the Cypress grows to a height of 25-45 meters (75-147 feet), bearing small flowers and round brownish-grey cones or nuts. Native to Southern Europe, this Italian varietal (Cupressus sempervirens) has spread to North Africa and North America and is now cultivated in France, Spain, and Morocco.
This essential oil is steam-distilled from the dark green needles and twigs of Cypress trees grown in France.
This Cypress oil has a distinct musty and citrus-like top note with a crisp, pine-like middle note and sweet balsamic undertones.
It blends well with Cedarwood, Pine, Juniper, Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Benzoin, Cardamom, and Sandalwood.
First used in ancient Egypt for medicinal and ceremonial purposes, Cypress oil was also employed by the ancient Assyrians for its astringent properties. The Greek physician Galen (165 AD) used it for stopping internal bleeding and diarrhea and due to its antibiotic action, for treating urinary infection.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Antidepressant, Antirheumatic, Antiperspirant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Deodorant, Diuretic, Hepatic, Styptic, Sudorific, Vasoconstrictive.
- Increases and balances blood flow
- Repairs and tones veins
- Promotes healthy circulation (detoxifying)
- Flushes and removes toxins
- Treats dysmenorrhoea (severe menstrual pain)
- Helps control menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding)
- Helps balance during periods of transition and transformation
- Promotes renewal and rejuvenation
- Evokes a stable mental state
- Helps to draw repressed feelings into consciousness allowing then to be processed
- Counteracts oily skin
- Treats acne
- Calms excess perspiration.
- Lessens scar tissue formation
- Aids in the healing of acne scars
- Can reduce cellulite
Application and Use
In terms of Oriental medicine, the principal action of Cypress oil is to enliven and regulate the flow of blood. Part of this action depends upon its restorative, toning effect on the veins, a by-product of its overall astringent quality. The essential oil may be combined with Clary Sage, Lemon, and Geranium and applied as a salve or ointment to varicose veins. It also blends well with Helichrysum, for an extra-potent formula for muscle and joint aches and pains.
The ability of Cypress oil to harmonize the blood makes it an important oil for easing menstrual difficulties. It is one of the primary essential oils for both dysmenorrhoea (menstrual pain) and menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding). Add few drops of cypress essential oil to a compress and apply to the abdomen or combine a few drops with carrier oil and massage into the abdomen.
Cypress has superior antibiotic effect and is highly effective in arresting the process of infection of either the throat, nose or bronchi when employed early in onset.
To decongest the lymph system, stimulate circulation and tonify the vascular system, Cypress can be used 'neat' in the shower. According to Dr. Pam Taylor in Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt's "Healing Intelligence of Essential Oil" to apply an oil in the shower, turn off the water halfway through and distribute a few drops on wet skin. Water will help make it easy to work the oil over the whole body. As the oil is repulsed by the water, it will be more readily absorbed into the fatty tissue of the skin. Start by patch testing 1 drop behind the knee to be sure the oil is well tolerated. Massage tiny drops from the soles and tops of feet up the front and back of the legs adding a tiny drop to each lymph point of the groin area. Continue upward over the solar plexus and liver adding a drop to each arm pit and finishing at the top of the neck. The effect should be pleasantly invigorating to the whole body while enlivening mental processes throughout the day.
The cooling effects of Cypress oil effectively balance nervous, unstable mental states. It can be used in a diffuser or inhaled periodically on a tissue or handkerchief.
Safety Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, Cypress oil is safe when used in proper dosages. Consultation with a physician is recommended if regular internal ingestion is intended.