Cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens) is produced from the tall, conical shaped evergreen tree that is native to the Mediterranean areas of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The largest Cypress oil producing regions in the world are in Monaco, France and Spain.
The cypress tree is known for its longevity and can live for thousands of years. The oldest cypress tree is located in Iran and dates back over 4,000 years!
Historically the wood was used to make coffins. It was planted anciently around Greek and Roman cemeteries and is sometimes referred to as the “cemetery tree”. The doors to the Vatican are made from the wood of the cypress tree. Ancient cultures in Nepal and Tibet have used the resin of the Cypress tree as an incense that was burned in their holy temples.
In spite of its association with death cypress essential oil has been used for many therapeutic and revitalizing health benefits. It has been used to control blood flow and clear breathing. It can be used with a good carrier oil and massaged in the body to relieve tight muscles, sore joints and areas of poor circulation.
Cypress oil is reported to have the following properties:
- Febrifuge (fever reducing)
High quality Cypress essential oil has a light evergreen aroma with a slightly sweet after note. Personally, I find it refreshing and uplifting. It is not harsh like cedarwood oil or cassia essential oil.
This oil can be mixed with citrus oils and other oils like:
- Lavender oil
- Juniper berry
- Clary sage
- Sandalwood oil.
More Cypress Oil Uses:
This essential oil is steam distilled from the cypress tree’s twigs and needles This ancient oil is reported to have the following additional health benefits:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Greasy Hair
- Raynaud’s Disease
- Varicose Veins
- Swollen Eyes
How to Apply Cypress Oil?
You can use this oil topically or aromatically. If you have sensitive skin test first before using. I have personally found this oil to be mild even when I apply it around my eyes to help with my vision. To my pleasant surprise I have not experienced any burning or discomfort. You can apply this oil on the area of concern, the reflex points or on the bottom of the feet.
It is recommended that you do not use this oil if you are pregnant
Cypress Oil Research Studies
A recent study at the Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center in Iran concluded, “The present findings suggest that essential oils obtained from the branchlets and fruits of C. sempervirens var. horizontalis (Cypress) possess antioxidant and, in particular, antiglycation properties. These activities may find implication in the prevention of diabetic and cardiovascular complications. However, further investigations are required to justify the traditional medical applications of the plant.
Another study this one from Italy looked at the ability of Cypress oil to effect cancer cell lines. Researches said, “Our findings provide novel insights into the field of cytotoxic properties of essential oils (Cypress oil being one studied).
A study in India concluded, “The essential oil of leaves of various cupressus species Viz., C.glauca, C.funebris, C.lawsonia, C. macrocarpa & C. sempervirens have been studied for their antimicrobial activity against certain gram positive [B. substilis, S.aureus], gram negative [E.coli, P.aeruginesa] and fungi (A.niger, A.flavus, C.albicans & A. fumigatus) using two fold serial dilution technique. Our results revealed that, all the species possess significant antibacterial & antifungal activities.”
Researchers in Korea using a combination that included Cypress oil and grapefruit oil stated, “These results suggest that Aromatherapy massage could be utilized as an effective intervention to reduce abdominal subcutaneous fat, waist circumference, and to improve body image in post-menopausal women.