Cypress is most useful for it’s ASTRINGENT (contracts and tightens tissue) and DIURETIC (relieves excess fluids and swelling) properties. Cypress is most commonly used topically on the skin to remedy swelling, oily skin conditions, varicose veins, and even sweaty feet! It’s also been found useful for restless leg syndrome, and leg cramping.
Latin Name: Cupressus sempervirens
Plant Origin: France
Plant Part: Cones, Leaves, Twigs
Processed: Steam Distilled
Chemical family: monoterpenes
Aroma: Balsamic, sweet, and woodsy
CHEMISTRY & SAFETY
CHEMISTRY: Cypress is made up of over 85% monoterpenes. This means that Cypress consists of smaller molecules which will absorb faster into the skin. It also means that it is a less stable oil with a shorter shelf life. Store Cypress oil in a cool dark place and in a container with little air. The most prominent monoterpene in Cypress is alpha-pinene (almost as much as 50% depending on the distillation batch), a molecule responsible for actions such as the following: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, antiviral, and the prevention of bone loss.
SAFETY: FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Keep out of reach of children. Always dilute essential oils before applying to the skin and keep away from mucous membranes. If the oil is past it’s “use by” date or stored improperly, it may cause irritation and lose therapeutic value.
Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation and redness
Antirheumatic – relieves rheumatic pain and swelling
Antispasmodic – relieves muscles spasms and cramping
Astringent – contracts and tightens tissue
Decongestant – reduces nasal mucus production and swelling
Diuretic – aids in fluid reduction
Tonic – strengthens and restores vitality
HOW TO USE
Restless Leg Syndrome: massage a cream with cypress into leg muscles before going to sleep each night. Use only 6-12 drops per ounce of cream.
Swollen feet: add to a lotion and apply to swollen foot or ankle. A foot bath with cypress will also help.
Varicose Veins: add 10 drops of Cypress and 2 drops of Lemon to an ounce of lotion and apply throughout the day. Avoid rubbing or massaging varicose veins.
Cramping: makes a good rub for sore muscles, abdominal cramping, and pains.
Liz Fulcher of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute has a great article about Cypress HERE