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Cypress – Essential Oil

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Cypress – Essential Oil

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

The cypress tree was dedicated to the gods of death and the underworld by the Romans. 

Uses include:

Oedema

Bleeding gums

Menstruation problems

Oily skin

Asthma

Piles

Varicose veins

Sweaty feet

Deodoriser / Insect repellent

Caution

Do not use on babies and infants under the age of 5 years old.

Oedema

Cypress oil works on excess fluid.

Directions for use

Compress: Add 1 to 2 drops of pure essential oil to 1 litre of warm water. Lay sterile material on the surface of the water thus attracting a film of oil onto the cloth. Apply the material onto the affected area and leave for 10 minutes

Bleeding gums

Directions for use

Mouthwash: Add 1 drop of cypress oil to a glass and take a mouthful, holding in mouth for 1 minute. Always spit solution out, never swallow.

Menstruation problems

Regulates periods, helps with heavy periods.

Directions for use

Bath: Add up to 5 drops of pure essential oil to a bath of water and lie back and relax.

Massage: Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to 10 drops of pure essential oil and massage into abdominal area in a clockwise direction.

Oily skin

Cypress oil has astringent properties making it ideal for oily skins.

Directions for use

Compress: Add 1 to 2 drops of pure essential oil to 1 litre of warm water. Lay sterile material on the surface of the water thus attracting a film of oil onto the cloth. Apply the material onto the affected area and leave for 10 minutes.

Facial Massage: Mix 1 drop of pure essential oil to 2 teaspoons of almond or grape seed oil, or any other carrier oil and rub into face.

Inhalation: Boil 1 litre of water and pour into a bowl, add up to ten drops of pure essential oil, place a towel over your head and allow steam to rise onto face. Do not do if the skin is very sore as the steam may ‘burn’ already painful skin.

Asthma

Antispasmodic, and acts on the bronchi. 

Directions for use

Handkerchief: Put a couple of drops of pure essential oil onto a tissue or handkerchief and inhale as and when required.

Oil burners. Sprinkle up to 5 drops of pure essential oil onto water and light the burner.  

Piles – haemorrhoids

Cypress oil helps circulation that is sluggish.

Directions for use

Compress: Add 1 to 2 drops of pure essential oil to 1 litre of warm water. Lay sterile material on the surface of the water thus attracting a film of oil onto the cloth. Apply the material onto the affected area and leave for 10 minutes.

Varicose veins

Never massage directly over veins, and always massage in an upwards directions towards the heart. 

Directions for use

Massage: Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to 10 drops of pure essential oil.

Sweaty feet

Directions for use

Footbath: Put 3 drops of oil in bowl of warm / hot water and soak feet for up to 15 minutes.

Deodoriser / Insect repellent

Most insects don’t like essential oils, particularly cypress oil. This oil is also very good at getting rid of animal smells like dog odours. 

Directions for use

Oil burners: Sprinkle up to 5 drops of pure essential oil onto water and light burner.  

Further Information

Where Grown: The tree was originally from the east Mediterranean countries, but it now grows throughout Europe.

Parts used and method of extraction: The leaves and cones are used, and the oil extracted by steam distillation. 

Colour and smell: The oil is colourless but can be yellow / green; smells sweet, woody and fresh, with a hint of turpentine.

Active Ingredients: D-pinene, d-camphene, d-sylvestrene, cymere, sabinol, terpinic alcohol, and camphor of Cypress. 

Properties: Astringent, antiseptic, deodorising.

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