Cypress oil, which is obtained by the steam distillation of the needles and twigs of the Cypress tree, is used widely in soaps, perfumes, and air fresheners, because of the fresh, evergreen woodland aroma that it gives off and it has also been used for centuries for its many medicinal benefits. The oil can be used in aromatherapy and used topically, and it is said to have the ability to relax the mind and the muscles, detox the system, and regulate the flow of blood around the body. Like all essential oils, Cypress oil is very strong, so it should be diluted with carrier oil, tested on a small patch of skin before using it topically, it should not be taken internally without first seeking medical advice, and it is not recommended for use by pregnant women. Here are ten of the amazing benefits and uses of cypress essential oil.
The scent of cypress oil is said to be a masculine scent, which is why it is often used in soaps, aftershaves and deodorants for men. The oil does have natural deodorising properties too, so it can be used as a homemade deodorant in place of synthetic, store bought ones.
Cypress oil contains camphene, which is a naturally occurring antiseptic and the oil is often used as an ingredient in antiseptic creams and lotions. You can use cypress essential oil to treat minor wounds and it will fight infection and help the wound to heal faster.
3. Relieves pain
Cypress oil is very good for relieving muscle and joint pain and it can be used to ease the symptoms of complaints such as arthritis, rheumatism and osteoarthritis. It is also an anti-spasmodic, so it can be used to ease the pain of cramps and the pain associated with periods. All you need to do is to massage the oil into the affected area and it will soon get to work for you.
4. Improves the circulation
If you suffer with poor circulation, cypress oil can be a remedy for that too. Cypress essential oil is well-known for its ability to regulate blood flow and tone the veins, which is due in part to its astringent properties. It can also be a very useful treatment to help with reducing the appearance of varicose veins.
Cypress oil is a diuretic, which means that increases both the frequency and the volume of urination. This has a number of potential health benefits including helping you to lose weight, because urine contains up to 4% fat, so the more you urinate, the more fat you remove from your body. Frequent urination will also help flush more harmful toxins from your body and remove excess fluids.
6. Improves liver health
The liver also plays a very important part in removing toxins from your body and you can improve the functioning of your liver with cypress essential oil. Cypress oil maintains liver health by regulating the amount of bile that is produced from the organ and it also helps to protect the liver from disease.
7. Treats oily skin
Cypress oil can also be used to treat oily skin. If you add a few drops of cypress essential oil to your regular skin toner, it will help to remove excess sebum from the skin. This will help stop you getting oily patches during the day. It will also help to keep your pores clean, so it could reduce breakouts too.
8. Alleviates coughs
If you are suffering from a chesty cough, cypress oil will help ease that condition. The oil can used for a number of respiratory problems, because it acts as an expectorant, which loosens up phlegm in the chest and makes a cough more productive. To use cypress oil to relieve a cough and a cold, put a drop or two of the oil in some steaming water and inhale the vapours.
9. Reduces stress and anxiety
Cypress essential oil has a mild sedative effect, that can east the symptoms of stress and relax both the mind and the body. It also has the effect of promoting a feeling a calm and happiness and is sometimes used to calm people down who have suffered a severe shock. If you put a few drops of cypress oil in your bathwater, it’s a wonderful way to relax after a long day at work.
10. Improves the complexion
Cypress oil has many benefits for skin care as well. Its astringent properties will remove excess oil, its antiseptic properties will fight the bacteria they cause acne, and it also helps to lighten scars and reduce swelling.
Cypress Oil Uses and Benefits
- Colds & flu
- Dandruff treatment
- Varicose veins
How to use
- Add 3-5 drops to a bowl of steaming hot water, cover your head with a towel & breathe in the vapour
- Add to your shampoo or conditioner to help fight dandruff
- Blend 5-6 drops into a carrier oil for massage oil