Cypress

Cypress Essential Oil

The Cypress (cupressaceae family) is a conifer that is found all over the world. The variety used for essential oils commonly comes from southern Europe. The essential oil is extracted from the cones and leaves of the tree. Wikipedia reports this interesting information about these sturdy trees. The most ancient living Cypress is located in Abarkooh, near Shiraz. Its age is estimated to be approximately 4000 years. Cypress interestingly come from the Isle of Crete. It is steam distilled from the leaf of the tree.

Properties

Antibacterial
Antibiotic
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Astringent
Diuretic
Disinfectant
Sedative

Application

Because Cypress is such a strong astringent in much of the literature it is recommended for concerns that take advantage of this property. This includes items such as skin care, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and excess perspiration or undesirable odor of the feet. Very well recommended for hemorrhoids using a wash or ointment using a 1 or 2% dilution is suggested. The same ointment can be used for varicose veins applied topically lightly to the area (no massage) with strokes toward the heart. For excess foot perspiration a foot bath again with a 1 or 2% dilution. Some mention Cypress benefiting the symptoms of asthma when diffused properly.

Precautions

Can be a skin irritant. Use a skin test. Use with care during pregnacy.