Cypress Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Cypress oil (Cupressus sempervirens) is derived from the steam distillation of the branches of the tree. Cypress oil has a fresh, slightly woody scent. I find it to be one of the more masculine aromas, and extremely grounding.
It's said to have been used for centuries for urinary and liver support, but most especially muscular, and joint health. Aromatically, it's often said to have a grounding or balance effect
- Assists with clear breathing
- Promotes healthy respiratory function
- Soothes tight, tense muscles
- Supports localized blood flow
- Beneficial for oily skin conditions
It's also used to create an emotional cleansing, moving a stuck or slow-moving healing process forward. It's strong ability to help a person release emotions and trauma can even be described as a purging, and can be intense, especially if you're not prepared for the work it'll ask of you.
In addition to the emotional flow it can create, cypress oil can also help us to learn how to go with the flow, showing a person how to let go, trust the process of life, and enjoy the course. (Because of these qualities it might also help a person struggling with loss, control, tension and more.) I'll say it again though; it's a strong oil to use emotionally. But it's worth it. Trapped emotions might be rough to deal with, but it's better than ignoring them.
How to Use Cypress Essential Oil
Traditionally, cypress oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Cypress Essential Oil
Use with caution during pregnancy. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Cypress Essential Oil
- Diffuse, inhale, or gargle at the first signs of throat discomfort.
- Rub on the chest with fractionated coconut oil to support healthy breathing.
- Apply to tight, sore muscles or use with a carrier oil for massage.
- Mix together Cypress and Grapefruit essential oil with fractionated coconut oil and rub on problem areas to help give skin a firmer, more youthful appearance.
- Add one to two drops to toner to help reduce oily skin conditions.
- For trust issues, massage 1 drop over the heart center. If you're using this daily, get your tissues, journal, and possibly a counselor ready.
- Dealing with grief, use aromatically by diffusing in the room or inhaling directly from the palms of your hands.
- For perfectionism, inhale directly from cupped hands, or use 1 drop daily over the heart or solar plexus.
Inspiration for Using Cypress Essential Oil
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils