Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
From eliminating respiratory problems, keeping acne at bay, banishing cellulite, right up to clearing the mind and easing anxiety, Cypress essential oil just keeps on giving. It’s clean and energizing aroma refreshes any home and is just as useful as a natural alternative to harsh chemical cleaners as it is to your mind and body. A great all-round oil and a staple oil for any natural medicine cabinet.
What does Cypress oil smell like
Cypress essential oil omits a fresh pine, slightly woody & evergreen aroma. It is often used in men’s toiletries so you may recognise it as a masculine scent.
Little known fact: chosen for its durability and beautiful fragrance, wood of the Cypress tree is used for the doors of St St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, Rome
Where does Cypress oil originate from
Cypress essential oil is extracted from the needles of the evergreen Cypress tree, Cupressus sempervirens, via steam distillation. Cypress is considered a medical tree and is native to the mediterranean region. Mediterranean Cypress has been cultivated as an ornamental tree, away from its indigenous regions for millennia. In Abaraqu, Iraq, there is a Cypress tree that is estimated to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old.
What are the properties of Cypress oil
Cypress essential oil has the ability to lift the mood and aid concentration, helping you to feel alert and bring about a sense of clarity of the mind. Cypress oil has incredible, natural healing qualities and can also be used to aid the treatment of the following ailments:
- Oily skin
- Excessive perspiration
- Nervousness & Anxiety
- Respiratory problems
- Heavy periods
- Menopause & Perimenopause
- Tight muscles
How to use Cypress oil
If you have oily or congested skin, Cypress oil can help to regulate the sebaceous glands and balance oil production. Add a drop or two to your toner and mix before applying to a cotton pad and gently swiping across the problem areas. Use daily to improve the appearance of oily skin.
The deodorising and astringent properties of Cypress oil can help control excessive perspiration, and is particularly useful when used to control foot odour.
Carry a bottle of Cypress oil with you and inhale from the bootle whenever you need to be top of your game. If you have a big meeting or an interview, Cypress oil will have a positive effect on grounding your emotions and keeping you alert and focussed on the job at hand. You can also use palm inhalation to get a quick boost, however remember to mix with a carrier oil first so you don’t irritate your skin. This method also works for nervousness and anxiety problems. Inhale deeply to get the maximum benefits.
If you’re suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma or blocked sinuses due to a cold, diffuse Cypress oil and breathe in the therapeutic aroma. Cypress oil has a sedative and decongestant effect on respiratory nerve endings so it should help you breathe more easily.
Cypress oil helps to strengthen emotions. Making it a great PMS, perimenopause and menopause treatment.
If the skin on your bum or thighs are giving off more orange peel than the contents of your fruit bowl, add a few drops of Cypress oil to your favourite carrier oil, and use a dry body brush to gently scrub the affected areas.
Cypress oil recipes
Cellulite-Fighting Massage Oil
To fight cellulite and to improve the appearance of orange peel skin, simply blend the essential oils together first and then mix with a carrier oil. Rub into your skin in small circles morning and night. For best results, buff with a dry body brush to encourage fresh blood to flow into the area.
Store your blends in a dar glass bottle in a cool, dark place. If you want to make a larger quantity,increase the ingredient quantities equally.
- 5 drops of Cypress oil
- 5 drops of Sweet Orange oil
- 1 drop of Sandalwood oil
- 20 mls of carrier oil
Citrus and Mango Nourishing Body Butter
Many body butters claim to be good for your skin, but have you ever taken a good look at the ingredients list? In all likelihood, you’re bound to see some unpronounceable, chemical ingredients on there which are not necessarily giving your skin the nourishment and benefit that the claim to. This body butter takes a fair amount of preparation, but it’s absolutely worth it to have your own homemade recipe with all natural ingredients.
Make sure to add the cornstarch to your butter, as this will take away the greasy feeling that the butter leaves on your skin.
- 10 drops Bergamot essential oil
- 8 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- 8 drops Palmarosa essential oil
- 2 drops Cypress essential oil
- 1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil
- 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
- 2/3 cup (4oz) Shea Butter
- 1/3 cup (2oz) Mango Butter
- 1 teaspoon Jojoba oil
- 3 teaspoons Grapeseed oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E
- Add an inch of water to a medium-sized pan and heat until the water is simmering. Place a glass bowl over the pan slowly melt the Shea and Mango butters together. Once melted, remove the butter from the heat.
- While the butters melt, add the essential oil to a glass bottle and roll between your hands to ensure that the oils are thoroughly blended, before combining with the butters (use a metal spoon for this).
- Add the vitamin E and cornstarch to your butter and use an electric mixer (or your own elbow grease will do) to whip the butter for several minutes until it looks like buttercream. If you would like a lighter butter, simply continue to whip until you’re happy with the consistency.
- Place the bowl in cold water to help your body butter set quicker. Whip at intervals to ensure you can form peaks with the butter.
- Spoon into a dark, glass jar and store in a cool, dark place.
To make this into a solid bar (perfect for travelling), spoon the mixture rather than whipping, and pour into a mould of your choice.
Oils to compliment Cypress oil
- Clary sage
- Marjoram sweet
- Sweet orange
Anything to note
You should avoid this oil if you are pregnant. Check for skin sensitivity in an inconspicuous place if it's the first time you are using the oil. Always dilute your essential oils. Do not ingest. Keep out of reach of children and store in a cool, dark place.