Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress essential oil is derived from the steam distillation of cypress tree branches. It has a fresh and slightly woody scent, one of the more masculine, grounding aromas. For centuries, cypress essential oil has said to have been used for both urinary and liver support. It also has a range of uses for muscular and joint health. This essential oil also has an extremely grounding and balancing effect.
Primary Physical Benefits
Cypress essential oil has a range of awesome benefits on human health. For centuries, people have sworn by this oil for assistance with urinary and liver health. Additional physical health benefits of cypress essential oil include:
- The soothing of tight, tense or painful muscles;
- Assistance with clear breathing;
- Promotion of healthy respiratory function;
- Support of localized blood flow, and
- Managing oily skin conditions.
Primary Emotional Benefits
Cypress essential oil has a strong range of emotional benefits. This oil is well-known for its grounding and balancing effect, which makes it useful for an aid in recovering from trauma, balancing emotions and letting go of past hurt and harm.
Because of this, cypress essential oil is a very effective oil for those who are suffering from grief and loss, mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, or those who need help in recovering from past traumatic experiences. Cypress essential oil can help us tap into our repressed emotions and face them.
Just as harmful gases and compounds can be absorbed into the bloodstream through inhalation, so can the healing and positive properties of cypress essential oil. Aromatic use of this essential oil can help to clear breathing as well as help to balance emotions and recover from emotional harm and distress. There are a number of different ways in which cypress essential oil can be used aromatically, including:
- Diffusion: Using a diffuser with cypress essential oil is one of the best ways to ensure that you are inhaling the positive properties of the oil regularly. When choosing a diffuser, be sure to select a good one which uses either ultrasonic vibrations or cool/room temperature to diffuse the oil molecules into the air. This will help to ensure that the oil molecules stay air-bound for as long as possible whilst not being damaged by heat.
- Direct Inhalation: Cypress essential oil is safe to directly inhale. Do this by holding the bottle of essential oil just a few inches from your nose and breathing in deeply. Or, add one or two drops of the oil to the palms of your hands and cup them around your mouth and nose to breathe in.
- Indirect Inhalation: Drop a small amount of cypress essential oil to your pillowcase, a handkerchief, cloth or cotton ball to inhale indirectly.
- Steam Tent: Add a few drops of cypress essential oil to a bowl of warm (not boiling) water. Place a towel over your head and neck, and lean over the water to inhale the steam. This is an especially effective use of cypress oil for those suffering with respiratory problems and want to clear the airways.
- Perfume: Use cypress essential oil as a perfume or cologne by placing a few drops behind the ears and on the wrists. Because it has quite a masculine odor, ladies may wish to blend the oil with another before doing this.
- Fans and Vents: Similar to indirect inhalation, cypress oil can also be added to a cloth or handkerchief and placed in front of a fan or vent. This is a good alternative for those who do not have a diffuser and want to inhale the essential oil from the air in the room.
Cypress essential oil has a number of beneficial uses when used topically either on its own or blended with other essential oils. Cypress oil is safe to use topically without diluting, however it is always advisable to conduct a skin patch test before liberal application of cypress essential oil to the skin.
Cypress essential oil can be used as a massage oil and rubbed over sore, tight or tense muscles and other areas of the body to promote relaxation and relieve pain. A carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil is commonly mixed with the cypress oil for massage. Rubbing this mixture over the chest can help to support healthy breathing and keep the respiratory system strong.
Oily skin conditions can also be managed with the use of cypress essential oil. The best way to do this is to add one to two drops of the oil to a facial toner, and apply as you would normally after washing and drying the skin. Mix with lavender and frankincense essential oils for a natural and rejuvenating eye makeup removing product.
For firmer and more youthful skin, try topical application of cypress oil mixed with fractionated coconut oil and a few drops of grapefruit essential oil.
Cypress essential oil can also be added to bathwater – add a few drops of the oil on its own or with another favorite essential oil to the water for a bath which relaxes muscles and helps to lift the mood.
Cypress essential oil is unsuitable for internal use. However, it can be gargled with water for a soothing effect on a sore throat. Do not take cypress essential oil internally in any other way including placing in veggie capsules, adding to drinks or using in cooking.
Using Around the Home
The woody, masculine aroma of cypress essential oil makes it a popular choice for use around the home, especially in bachelor pads or in the ‘man cave’ room.
Diffusion is one of the most common ways to use cypress essential oil in your home. This not only adds a natural scent to your rooms, but also allows you to use the oil aromatically at the same time. Add to a diffuser on its own or blend with other oils such as white fir or cedarwood essential oils to create a unique and relaxing home scent.
Reed diffusers are also a common choice when it comes to using cypress essential oil around the home. These are cheap to obtain and easy to use – simply fill up the bottle with the essential oil, and place the reeds into the oil. Place in an open area such as on a table or window shelf, and turn the reeds every so often.
If you enjoy the scent of cypress essential oil and want to use it aromatically more often, adding it to your laundry is an easy, simple and effective method of using it around the home. You can do this by adding a few drops of the oil to unscented laundry detergent or fabric softener before washing. Or, mix a few drops of cypress essential oil with distilled water, place in a spray bottle and spray over clothing before hanging them out to dry or putting them in the tumble dryer.
The cypress essential oil and distilled water mix can also be used as an effective home air freshener. Simply place in a spray bottle and spray around the home as and when needed for a natural and refreshing scent. It’s good to bear in mind that cypress essential oil blends well with lavender, clary sage, lemon, wild orange, bergamot and sandalwood essential oils if you are considering creating a natural air freshener from a cypress essential oil blend.
As with all essential oils, there are a number of precautions that must be taken before using cypress essential oil either aromatically or topically. When using aromatically, stop immediately if you experience any adverse reactions which could be caused by the oil. If you experience nasal or sinus pain when inhaling, you may need to dilute the oil or stop using it.
In general, cypress essential oil does not require dilution before inhaling or applying to skin. However, it is important to conduct a skin patch test before using this oil topically. To do this, rub a small amount of the oil on your inner arm and leave for a day to watch for any allergic reactions or adverse effects.
Cypress essential oil is NOT suitable for internal use. Please do not use this essential oil internally.
If you are pregnant, nursing or plan to use this oil with or around children, please contact your doctor beforehand. In general, cypress essential oil is safe to use on children or during pregnancy with a doctor’s approval.