31 Benefits Of Using Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress oil is extracted from the bark of a tree that comes from a family known as Cupressaceae. However the most common species of Cupressaceae tree used to yield cypress essential oil is Cupresses sempervirens, commonly known as Mediterranean Cypress. Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) is another popular species of cypress native to central Japan.

Back in ancient times, this tree was known as a tree that never dies. Furthermore, this tree has the ability to resist fire. Apart from making essential oil from it, this tree also has a religious significance in various cultures such as in Tibetan culture; they use it to make incense.

Generally, the essential oil produced from Cypress tree tends to have amazing preventive as well as curative benefits for certain devastating illnesses and conditions.

Constituents Of Cypress Oil

Cypress oil contains terpenes such as beta-pinene, alpha-pinene, and alpha-terpinene. These constituents give cypress oil medicinal as well as soothing properties. Additionally, the mentioned organic hydrocarbons are the major building blocks for this essential oil which also contributes to the oil’s scents, colors, flavor, and medicinal effects.

The formulated oil also contains sabinene, terpinolene, carene, myrcene, camphene, cadinene, bornyl acetate, and linalool. all these are essential to its healing effects.

How Cypress Oil Is Made

Cypress essential oil comes from the young stems, twigs and also needles of a Cypress tree. Steam distillation is used to extract the oil. Additionally, on some occasion, Cypress’ fruits are used to make this essential oil.

Below are various health benefits of using Cypress essential oil;

1. It Treats Wounds And Sores


To get a quick and positive outcome, you should apply this essential oil to the affected areas in a day so as to avoid cases of bacterial infections and to also hasten the healing process.

How to apply;
Before applying the oil to the affected areas, you should first mix 1-3 drops of the oil into 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil. Avoid using concentrated cypress oil. You should use a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil to blend the cypress essential oil.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4052795/)

2. Treats Acne


Procedure:
Add 1-3 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil you may have. This would help to treat your acne.
Based on its antiseptic, astringent and antimicrobial properties, they would hasten the treatment of acne.

If you have dry skin, you could use jojoba oil as a carrier oil when mixing. It enhances the production of sebum on your skin. And for oily skin, try using sweet almond oil or argan oil.

3. It Promotes Blood Clotting


Mix Cypress oil and a carrier oil at a ratio of 50:50 to assist in stopping the bleeding. Cypress essential oil has certain properties that would promote blood clotting;

Styptic properties: Cypress essential oil promotes blood clots formation.

Vasoconstrictor properties: Cypress essential oil makes blood vessels constrict so as to slow the bleeding.

Procedure;
A stronger dilution should be used for only 10 days to 2 wks. A dilution rate of 1-3 drops per teaspoon of a carrier oil should be applied and can be used on a daily basis.

4. Smoothen And Reduces Varicose Veins


Apply blended Cypress oil to the affected area. Based on cypress oil’s anti-rheumatic and astringent properties, they would help in shrinking and healing the varicose veins. The anti-rheumatic properties also help reduce the throbbing pain you feel in the affected areas with varicose veins. For a good result, apply two times a day.

Remember to apply a small portion of the blended cypress oil (1-3 drops per teaspoon of a carrier oil) as you wait for some few hrs thus to see the outcome before you use it again.

5. It Treats Cellulite


Apply the oil gently on the skin surface to clear up cellulite. Cypress oils’ diuretic, anti-rhematic, and astringent properties help to reduce the extra fluids and inflammation as it gets the skin firm. Dilution rate should be 2%-3% and should be applied 1-2 times a day. It is recommended to use argan oil or coconut oil for blending Cypress oil. You can apply the same procedure on your radiocarpal joint to assist in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17615482)

6. Treats Arthritis


Apply a mixture of cypress oil and a carrier oil at a dilution rate of 2%-3% onto painful areas affected by arthritis. The oil’s anti-rheumatic properties would facilitate quick relief. When dealing with severe cases, use a more concentrated dilution for a duration that doesn’t exceed 2 weeks.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5751100/)

7. Helps Firm Loose Skin


With a dilution rate of 1-3%, use the mixture, of cypress oil and a carrier oil, to firm the loose skin. This procedure is suitable for those who recently lost weight. In addition, for individuals who are aging and have developed some loose skin around their throat, thighs and upper arms can also apply this.

8. For Edema

Edema can also be referred to as a condition where one has excess water weight in the skin as well as the outer tissues. Through the process of aromatherapy, cypress oil is used to enhance sweating in your body and eliminate these excess waters through urination. It’s a natural process which encourages the body to eliminate the excess fluids in a healthy manner. A dilution rate of 1-3% is required for this procedure.

9. Reduces Muscle Cramps

A dilution rate of 1-3% is required. Use the blended oil (cypress oil and a carrier oil) to massage the cramped muscles. This would soothe the muscles so as to end the spasms quickly.

10. Helps To Detoxify The Liver


This is done through aromatherapy. Using a diffuser, add 5-7 drops of the mixture to the diffuser as you run it for 30-60 minutes. If you chose to go through the massage route, a dilution rate of 1-3% should be used. Apply the oil to the right and upper abdominal area that is just above your liver. Continue rubbing it as you massage the area in a gentle but firm manner. Wait for some few minutes to pass to continue with the massage as you go down over the remaining unmassaged part of the abdomen. This action would help to stimulate the liver as well as bile production so as to release toxin.

11. Reduces Anxiety


The same process of detoxifying liver is applied here but the difference is applied on how to massage. Here you would massage cypress oil onto the chest as well as the back so as to relax from a respiratory condition.

This helps to reduce bronchitis, asthma as well as other related respiratory conditions. A dilution rate of 1-3% should be used to have a good vapor if you are using a diffuser. However, in a case where you are unable to use a diffuser, just add 3-5 drops (Cypress oil) to a pan containing hot water. Thereafter, put a towel to cover your head drop as you inhale the vapor that comes from the pan. It should be hot enough to provide steam.

To reduce anxiety, you could inhale the cypress oil from a diffuser thus it would help you to calm down quickly. But for individuals who are away from their homes thus no access to your diffuser, just take a few direct inhales (deep) of the vapors from the bottle of cypress oil.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23738468)

12. Reduces Stress


Do a 30-60 minute of aromatherapy to help reduce stress that has accumulated after a long day. A dilution rate of 1-3% should be applied when massaging your shoulders as well as your neck’s back. You would experience quick relief from stress.

13. It Prevents Body Odor

Just apply a mixture of cypress oil and a carrier oil with a dilution rate of 1-3% under your arms. This would help in preventing body odor. With its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, cypress oil would help your body to naturally stop body odor.

14. Enhances The General Health Of Your Skin And Hair


To get a good outcome, add 1-3 drops of this essential oil to one teaspoon of a face-wash, conditioner or shampoo you normally use. This would help improve the overall appearance and health of your skin and hair. With the antimicrobial properties of cypress oil, your scalp, hair, and skin get a deep and thorough cleansing.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19576968)

15. Enhances Mood

Just take a deep breath in the cypress oil’s vapors and it would ultimately lighten your mood. It also helps to relieve stress and anxiety as well. This oil has a natural ability to lift your spirits.

16. Astringent Properties


You can use cypress oil to strengthen your gums in addition to tightening up your body muscles. You can use this oil to make your gum, muscles, skin, hair follicles stay firm and intact, thus, helping to keep your hair and teeth healthy.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5694587/)

17. Can Be Used As Anti-Aging Oil


For a good result, use cypress oil as one of your daily skin care oil. It would help keep your skin firm, supple and also very pliable. Cypress oil would inhibit the skin-aging process by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Additionally, cypress oil can act as a good moisturizer to effectively hydrate your skin.

18. Benefits Against Lethargy


Just by using a few drops of this essential oil, it would help rejuvenate your body. Put a few drops of this cypress oil in your bathing water to help get relief from fatigue and also energize your body.

19. Helps Prevent Raynaud’s Disease

Raynaud’s disease has a symptom associated with both feet and hands starting to turn pale during severe cold. This happens because the blood capillaries have constricted too much, thus, reducing the circulation of blood. Mix your Cypress oil with olive oil as a carrier oil. Then, with that mixture, massage both the hand and the feet. This would strengthen the blood circulation in your hand and feet. Additionally, cypress oil also helps to prevent this condition from reoccurring again in the future.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198341/)

20. Helps To Reduce Weight

This oil has the capacity to decrease cellulite in your body. With regards to weight reduction, due to the diuretic nature of cypress oil, you tend to lose excess water weight from the body.

21. Relieves Bursitis

Bursitis is an unpleasant condition affecting the joints. This condition causes difficulty in moving your joints that is normally followed by a sharp and burning pain. Mostly, it is caused by bursa irritation. Bursas are fluid filled sacks located at the joints. With a diluted cypress oil, massage gently around the location but you’ll have to avoid moving the affected body part for some hours. This process would help relieve you from bursitis.

22. Eliminates Phlegm

Any condition that leads to the production of excess phlegm would make you suffer from congestion within chest, nose or even sinus. For this remedy, just inhale steam from cypress oil and eucalyptus oil. When you utilize these two essential oils, they would help in removing the phlegm by loosening it as they force it to come out. Cypress oil would also protect you from productive cough, bronchitis, cold as well as other infections that might come from the respiratory system.

23. Boosts Urinary System


During aromatherapy process, cypress oil is used to stimulate sweating and increased urination. Therefore, as you increase urinating you are able to remove the dangerous toxin from your body as well as reduce blood pressure level. Additionally, based on diuretic properties of Cypress oil, your kidney is also cleansed thus cleaning the urinary tract.

24. It Helps Reduce Menstrual Pains


If you are suffering from pain that comes along with menstruation then, this oil would be of great use. When you use cypress oil, it helps reduce menstrual pains. Moreover, cysts that might be within the ovaries could be reduced as well by using this oil. The oil works by controlling excessive bleeding during the menstrual period.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3638625/)

25. Enhances Removal Of Toxins


You can use cypress oil to help your body flush out harmful toxins and this is facilitated by the oils’ diuretic properties. Furthermore, this oil also helps to safeguard kidney function as it also helps it to remove excess ions through urine.

26. It Serves As A Natural Deodorant


Apart from using cypress oil to prevent body odor instead of using synthetic deodorant, you can opt for cypress oil as a natural deodorant. It has a clean, warm and spicy fragrance that can lift your spirit up as well as stimulate a sense of well-being in you!

Cypress oil also helps to prevent bacteria growths that are responsible for producing the unpleasant body odor.

27. It Can Be Used To Reduce Fever


Cypress oil can be used to increase the perspiration rate so as to ease discomfort that comes with fever. Perspiration is also used to remove toxin from the body. However, the skin is a very important organ in the human body. Thus, since it acts as a mode to remove sweat that, in response, helps you to maintain the normal body temperature, cypress oil, via its ability to cause perspiration, can also help in breaking a fever.

28. It Acts As An Astringent

Cypress oil has astringent properties and the primary function of astringent is to tighten tissues. Astringents help to tighten the pores on your skin as they make the acne scars to be less visible. They are also essential when it comes to managing hemorrhoids. They also support gut and gum health.

29. It Has Diuretic Properties

Diuretic properties are used to increase the quantity of urine excreted. Cypress oil has diuretic property hence when it is used, often it enhances the excretion of urine especially during aromatherapy. Diuretics also help in cleansing the kidney as well as reduces the chances of kidney stones accumulation in the kidney.

30. It Assists To Relieve Spasms


You can use cypress oil to treat numerous types of spasms. With a good dilution rate of the cypress oil and carrier oil, massage the affected muscles so as to provide relief. This can also help to relieve restless leg syndrome as well as neurological conditions that are characterized by pulling, throbbing and uncontrollable spasms within the leg. Cypress oil may also help in improving circulation of blood and ease chronic pain.

31. Helps To Maintain Liver Health

Cypress oil helps in supporting your liver function. This oil helps to maintain the health of your liver by assisting it with bile production. It also helps to regulate levels of liver enzymes.

 

Precaution
Never use undiluted cypress oil especially for aromatherapy. To avoid risks of irritation, it is advisable to always dilute your cypress oil before use. There have been reports of adverse effects for oral consumption of cypress oil. Therefore, if you may consider using undiluted cypress essential oil directly on your skin or orally, it is advisable that you consult a health specialist.

Side Effects
There haven’t been any reported side effects for using cypress oil. However, pregnant women should avoid using it. To ensure that you enjoy the benefits of this essential oil, make your purchase from a reputable manufacturer to avoid cases of using a fake/counterfeit product.

 

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