Cypress Uses and Benefits
Energizing, invigorating, uplifting, calming. These are all words that describe some of the benefits of Cypress essential oil. It also contains monoterpenes which can help improve the appearance of oily skin. Whether used aromatically or topically there are some great benefits with this oil. This is one you will often find in spas and used by massage therapists.
Let's talk a little bit about where it comes from. The Cypress tree can grow up to 80 feet tall. (WOW!!) It is orginally from the Mediterranean area and western Asia. Because it is an evergreen and grows tall and straight it is often used in cemetery landscaping.
Diffusing - If you want to experience some of the aromatic benefits of Cypress, try diffusing it. It blends well with citrus oils like Lemon, Lime and Wild Orange. It also goes great with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, and Sandalwood.
Diffusing Cypress can give your home the refreshing smell of an evergreen forest. Here are some diffuser blends using Cypress that you can try.
Skin Care - Cypress can help reduce the appearance of oily skin. Just add a drop or two to your toner before applying. You can also add it to your lotion and enjoy its grounding effects.
Relaxing Bath - Feeling stressed and tense. Cypress can be a great addition to your bath. Add a half cup of Epsom salts to the tub, then a few drops of Cypress. This will help relax and revitalize your body after a long day.
Home Massage - Need to work out some tense muscles? Mix Cypress and Grapefruit essential oils with a carrier oil. Feel the tension melt away as you work the mixture into your muscles.
Ready to Run - Do you sometimes have a hard time getting up the gumption to go for a run? Try this. Apply a little Cypress to your legs and feet before a run. You will find that it has a vitalizing sensation that will give you a little boost.
Seasonal Salve - We are approaching the time of year when seasonal threats are a problem. You can create a soothing salve using Cypress that will help ease some of those seasonal symptoms and open up the lungs.
Natural Cologne - How about a natural smell for men? Try this roller bottle recipe using Cypress, Douglas Fir, Peppermint, and Juniper Berry.
Urinary Support - Cypress and Juniper Berry together can help support your urinary tract. If you know someone with an overactive bladder, suggest this to them. Combine a drop of Juniper Berry and Cypress in your palm and apply over your lower abdomen. You can also create a roller bottle with the two oils and fractionated coconut oil for easy application. Some people will apply it regularly through the night when they get up to "go" and then as the problem eases they apply it morning and night.
Ease Monthly Pains - Cypress can also help ease the pains that are associated with menstrual cycles. Massage a little into the abdomen to ease menstrual cycle pains.