Cypress Essential Oil <br/><em>Cupressus sempervirens</em>
Cypress oil brings new life to a wasting soul, offering energy, vigor and hope for a new, enlightened tomorrow. Find inspiration in this warm, woody scent that helps you connect your spirit with the wisdom and light of the universe.
Soul-affirming cypress essential oil is appropriately named Cupressus sempervirens. Sempervirens is Greek for “ever living”. Life and death and the stages in between are experiences we must all confront. Cypress oil helps to ease the transformations our bodies and souls experience, honoring the cycle of life and spirit.
For thousands of years, cypress oil has been an integral part of this cycle of life and death. Cypress was used to carve and build sarcophagi for Egypt’s ruling class, and it was burned in Egyptian temples to purify the air. Reportedly, it was cypress that created the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
Cypress was such an important element to ancient Greek life that its mythology created an origin myth to tell its story. In this myth, Apollo bestowed a stag upon Cyparissus, his young male lover, intending that the stag would be a good companion for the young man. In carelessly throwing a javelin, Cyparissus accidentally killed the stag. In his broken-hearted grief, Cyparissus wished his tears to fall forever. Apollo acceded to Cyparissus’ wish, turning the young man into a cypress tree, and his tears still fall from the tree as sap droplets.
Today, the cypress tree remains a symbol of mourning and also life after death.
Using Cypress Oil to Its Full Benefit
Cypress oil abounds with health, wellness, emotional and spiritual uses. It is an astringent, deodorant, diuretic, hemostatic, vasoconstrictor and mild sedative. It can also ease bleeding and spasms.
Health and Wellness Benefits
- Blood Clotting. The styptic, astringent and hemostatic properties of cypress oil inhibit bleeding and encourage blood clotting. This helps wounds to heal more quickly and menstrual flow to slow.
- Respiratory. Like other warm and spicy scents, cypress oil is a natural nasal decongestant. Inhaling this oil from a diffuser or burner can help to open nasal passages and reduce the production of congesting phlegm. The anti-spasmodic component is an additional benefit for respiratory conditions like asthma. As a final advantage to respiratory issues, cypress oil is a strong antibacterial agent, so it fights infection caused by bacteria.
- Muscle Strain and Cramps. Those same antispasmodic attributes that aid respiratory conditions also help to ease painful muscle cramps and restless leg syndrome. The oil can also ease the inflammation and pain that comes with repetitive-use conditions like carpal tunnel and tennis elbow. It also helps these repetitive-use injuries by improving blood circulation to the injured area and lowering fluid retention that can aggravate the ailment.
- Varicose Veins. The improved blood circulation that cypress oil induces is also beneficial to conditions such as varicose veins. These bulging veins are caused by excessive pressure being placed on the blood vessels or smaller veins.
- Diuretic. Cypress oil promotes urination, allowing you to flush toxins and waste from your body. This is beneficial in a number of ways, including to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, improve digestion and assist kidney function.
- Anxiety and Stress Relief. Cypress oil aromatherapy both calms and energises your senses, promoting cheerful, contented emotions. Part of this effect is due to cypress oil’s slight sedative effect which can help ease tension and soothe your nerves to promote better sleep and reduced anxiousness.
- Skin Care. The astringent in cypress oil can help reduce the severity and duration of acne by reducing the size of your skin pores, and it also promotes tighter firmer-looking skin. For these reasons, cypress oil is a good home remedy for ageing, acne, blackheads and loose or sagging facial skin.
- Deodorant. The spicy, fresh smell of cypress oil is appealing and makes an ideal room or personal deodorant.
- Throat Chakra. Cypress oil is a positive force for both the physical and spiritual bodies. It clears away phlegm and gives you the confidence you need to acknowledge and speak your truth. It eases the transformation that often goes along with balancing your throat chakra and gives you a sense of spiritual renewal.
Pregnant and nursing women should consult with their healthcare practitioner before using cypress oil. Those with sensitivity to cedar or peaches may also be sensitive to cypress, so always perform a skin- patch test before using topically.
- Botanical Name: Cupressus sempervirens
- Common Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Plant Part Typically Used: Needles and twigs from young branches
- Color: Pale yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Aromatic Description: Fresh, herbaceous, slightly woody, evergreen aroma