Cypress is most useful for it’s ASTRINGENT (contracts and tightens tissue) and DIURETIC (relieves excess fluids and swelling) properties. Cypress is most commonly used topically on the skin to remedy swelling, oily skin conditions, varicose veins, and even sweaty feet! It’s also been found useful for twitchy legs and leg cramping.
Latin Name: Cupressus sempervirens
Plant Part: Cones, Leaves, Twigs
Processed: Steam Distilled
Chemical family: monoterpenes
Aroma: Balsamic, sweet, and woodsy
Color: Clear to pale yellow
Max Dermal Use: None suggested
Safety Concerns: None suggested
Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation and redness
Antirheumatic – relieves rheumatic pain and swelling
Antispasmodic – relieves muscles spasms and cramping
Astringent – contracts and tightens tissue
Decongestant – reduces nasal mucus production and swelling
Diuretic – aids in fluid reduction
Tonic – strengthens and restores vitality
Liz Fulcher of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute has a great article about Cypress HERE.
SAFETY: For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Always dilute essential oils before applying to the skin and keep away from mucous membranes. If the oil is past it’s “use by” date or stored improperly, it may cause irritation and lose therapeutic value.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We are not doctors or medical professionals.
We are passionate about aromatherapy and all things healthy and natural. We also believe strongly in the safe use of essential oils. To learn more about blending safely, we have a learning section devoted just to this issue: Drops & Dilutions.
Safety recommendations are based on Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 2014.