Top 10 Cypress Essential Oil Uses

Cypress Essential Oil Uses

Commonly found in wetland type environments, the cypress is an evergreen tree that can be found in southern portions of Europe, but is also quite common in areas like Morocco, North America, parts of Africa and elsewhere. The tree boasts nut-filled cones and tiny flowers, but it’s the needles, stems and smaller twigs of the tree that are steam distilled in order to extract their essential oil, which has long been associated with medicinal, religious and social applications. Cypress essential oil uses for health have existed for centuries, although likely not for as long as the oldest known cypress tree has existed – over four thousand years.

Fortunately or unfortunately, out of all essential oils uses attributed to cypress, nearly all known documentation about its use relates solely to its astringent properties. This lack of information and historical reference suggest that the astringent nature of cypress essential oil is well known, but also suggest that its applications are limited. In actuality, cypress essential oil uses are quite diverse, and are related to chemicals it contains including alpha and beta pinene, carene, camphene, cedrol and many others. These compounds are what are responsible for purported antibiotic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative and diuretic properties attributed to cypress essential oil uses, of which the below ten health benefits stem from.

1. Hemorrhoids: Nobody likes to talk about these unpleasantly located varicose veins, so to speak; however, hemorrhoids are quite common, and not everyone finds over the counter remedies useful, long lasting, or practical. The astringent qualities of cypress are what may provide relief from hemorrhoids, when the oil is either added to an ointment or used in a wash, applied topically, with either method incorporating a one or two percent dilution.

2. Varicose Veins: The same method of use as described above for hemorrhoids may help to reduce the appearance of varicose veins around the body. There is little medical research in existence on cypress essential oil uses; however, what documentation about medicinal use of the oil does exist is strongly linked to astringent properties as described in Oriental medicine.

3. Liver Health: It’s imperative that a healthcare provider be contacted before cypress oil is used internally to ensure safety and proper dosing. There is no medical evidence to suggest that doing so can provide any health benefits, and it’s possible that adverse health risks may present, especially if responsibly sourced therapeutic grade oils are not used. Considering the limited information available on whether or not individual organ health can be supported with natural substances, risk of internal use may outweigh benefits. However, there are some in the alternative healing community that believe that cypress oil can substantially benefit the liver, prompting a regulation of bile secretion and protection from infection.

4. Wound Care: Perhaps residents of Crete – where Cypress is thought to originate from – took advantage of its numerous curative applications in the event of minor wounds and injuries. Obvious benefits to neat or diluted topical application to the affected area may include killing germs and preventing infection; however, its astringent nature may also help control bleeding, furthering cypress essential oil uses in wound care.

5. Calming: Today, most people wouldn’t think of cypress as a first choice in aromatherapy, but like other plant oils, it’s thought to be useful in providing feelings of calm and relaxation. Studies have proven that in some people, aromatherapy with essential oils can help reduce agitation and relax the nervous system, and these benefits are present with cypress oil. What makes cypress essential oil uses for relaxation potentially unique is that they have been said to be even more valuable in persons who have recently experienced serious shock or trauma.

6. Diuretic: Whether for general health or as a result of illness or medication side effects, sometimes there may be a need to reduce the amount of fluids the body is hanging on to. Cypress is said to be included in a select group of natural plant oils that can help alleviate water retention when used orally, although there is no evidence to support the claims that the oil is useful or safe for use in this regard.

7. Skin Health: Nearly all plant oils that boast astringent properties are thought to be useful in promoting healthy skin, and cypress essential oil uses are no exception. It’s thought that applying the oil (after diluting) to the skin may help tighten and firm it to provide a healthier, more youthful and more radiant looking complexion.

8. Pain Relief: Many substances found in plants are considered natural pain relievers (many are used in medicine making, too). Cypress essential oil uses are thought to include providing pain relief, but not as a result of natural analgesic properties. Rather, by reducing or relieving muscle spasms, it’s possible that diluted and topically applied cypress essential oil may help provide some pain relief as a result of problems like menstrual or digestive cramping.

9. Breathing Problems: Using cypress essential oil in a diffuser has been linked to providing some symptom relief to several health conditions characterized by breathing problems. Although more research will be needed to better understand these claims, cypress essential oil uses are thought to include symptom relief from emphysema, bronchitis and asthma.

10. Hair Loss: Some essential oils have demonstrated benefits in terms of reducing the rate of or risk of hair loss, and some believe that this benefit exists largely in astringent type oils like cypress. It’s been suggested that because the oil may cause skin to tighten up, hair follicles may follow suit making it less likely that hair loss will occur, although more evidence is needed to better understand this purported topical use of cypress oil.

Even though nearly all of the best known uses of cypress oil relate to its astringent nature, it’s popular in blends because it’s actually noted for several healing properties. As a result, cypress can be found in women’s blends, skin blends, massage blends and as a part of alternative healing protocols for conditions like poor circulation and adrenal fatigue as well.