Cypress Essential Oil

CypressCypress essential oil is popularly used to ease breathing.  It can also be used to ease tight, tense muscles and, used topically, to support localized blood flow.  It also has a grounding, yet stimulating effect on the emotions.

Cypress oil is steam distilled from the twigs and foliage of the Cupressus sempervirens, the tall evergreen tree, yielding an oil with a very pleasing, clean, fresh, woody, herbaceous aroma.  The oil contains monoterpenes, making it beneficial for oily skin conditions, and to stimulate localized blood flow.

Cypress is popularly used to assist clear breathing.  It can be diffused or inhaled directly, to promote healthy respiratory function.

Cypress is frequently used in spas, and by massage therapists, for its ability to soothe tight, tense muscles and promote localized blood flow.  It also has a grounding, yet stimulating and uplifting effect on the emotions, making it a popular oil to diffuse during times of transition or loss.

Primary benefits of cypress oil

  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Promotes healthy respiratory function
  • Soothes tight, tense muscles
  • Supports localized blood flow
  • Beneficial for oily skin conditions

Uses for cypress oil

  • Diffuse, inhale or rub on the chest, with carrier oil, topromote healthy respiratory function.
  • Apply to tight, tense muscles, or use with a carrier oil for massage, to support localized blood flow and soothe the muscles.
  • Add one to two drops to toner, to help reduce oily skin conditions.
  • Mix together cypress and grapefruit oils, with carrier oil, and rub on problem areas, to help give skin a more youthful appearance.

How to use

Cypress oil is intended for aromatic or topical use.  It is gentle enough to be used neat.

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.  Dilute with carrier oil, to minimize any possible skin sensitivity.  See additional precautions below.

Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity.  Keep out of reach of children.  If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas.