Cypress (Cupressus semprevirens) essential oil benefits
Cypress, thanks to its vasoconstricting properties, is useful in reducing fluid retention and support the circulatory system. In skincare, it reduces puffiness and balances water loss. Cypress has a warm, spicy, inspiring quality that can be used as an excellent tonic for the emotions. It is comforting and fortifying especially in times of sadness and to encourage assertiveness; it is also of great support during important transitions. Because of its astringent properties, it is widely used to support healthy circulation, to counteract fluid retention and cellulitis. Cypress acts as ‘hormone-like’ and stimulates estrogen production by mimicking it when in deficiency only; it is therefore very suitable for PMS, ovary related problems, painful and irregular periods, and menopause. It is also used in natural women’s health as a tonic for the reproductive system. In skincare Cypress is used to control broken capillaries.
Botanical Name: Cupressus semprevirens
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation from the flowering tops
Origin: Italy, France, Spain
Color: Pale yellow
Aroma: Fresh, green, evergreen aroma, balsamic
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary sage, Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Juniper berry, Lavender, Rosemary, Vetiver, Geranium
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative, tonic
HOW TO USE
For emotional comfort and balance burn 2-4 drops.
For fluid retention and cellulite massage legs and/or feet 10 drops diluted with 10 ml of carrier oil
For menopause discomfort and hot flashes disperse 5-10 drops in warm water (bath). If used as compress 4-5 drops.
For broken capillaries dilute 0.5 % to 1% Cypress oil with a carrier oil or a cream