Cypress essential oil (Cupressus Sempervirens) is obtained through steam distillation with a high pressure steam (not less than 5 atm) of evergreen cypress needle – Cupressus sempervirens L. (Cypress family – Cupressaceae). The use of high-pressure steam ensures that a wide variety of sesquiterpene substances enter the essential oil.
Origin of the plant
the northern part of the Mediterranean, the islands of Cyprus and Crete.
Distribution of the plant
It grows in the Mediterranean region, the Balkans, North Africa, England. Cultivated in France, Spain, Morocco, the Middle East, the Crimea, the Caucasus, Central America.
Cypress oil properties
Flowing slightly yellowish transparent liquid with a warm, resinous, spicy smell of pine needles with an amberish note; when evaporated on paper, the aroma changes to the smell of amber and incense.
The main components of the cypress oil
α- and β-pinene, myrcene, Δ3-caren, limonene, terpinolene, linalool, borneol, γ-terpinene, terpinolene, α-terpineol, terpinene-4-ol, terpinene-4-yl acetate, α-terpinylacetate, β- elementene, β-karyophyllene, α-cetrene, cadinene, cedrol, manoyloxide, camphene, sabinene. Manoiloxide under oxidizing processes is converted into labdane acetals, which have the smell of amber.
Cypress oil uses
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal (bactericidal as high as cedar), deodorant, insecticidal, vasoconstrictive, hemostatic, diuretic, antispasmodic, tonic, sedative, astringent, antioxidant, expectorant, wound-healing, adaptogenic, detoxifying, immunomodulating (acts on T- and B-system immunity). Increases blood coagulability.
Regulates water-salt metabolism. Reduces body temperature. Has a stimulating effect on the cardiovascular system. Strengthens the walls of blood vessels, prevents the development of atherosclerosis. Normalizes labile arterial pressure.
Stimulates the work of the liver and gallbladder. Relieves cough, restores all parameters of external respiration. Positively affects patients with functional disorders of the nervous system: relieves nervous tension, eliminates anger, helps to get rid of obsessive thoughts, clarifies consciousness, restores sleep. Prevents premature ejaculation.
It relieves premenstrual tension, facilitates the condition during menopause (restores hormonal imbalance, relieves irritability, facilitates periods of “hot flashes”).
Promotes scarring and rapid healing of wounds. Reduces fat and sweating. Prevents excessive removal of moisture from the body, thereby improving the condition of mature and fading skin.
Prevents the development of vascular pattern on the skin and the formation of couperose. Promotes the removal of warts and papillomas. Prevents hair loss.
Cypress oil benefits
Gastric, uterine, nasal, traumatic bleeding, profuse and painful menstruation, bleeding gums, hemorrhoids, varicose veins; swelling, sweating, urinary incontinence, muscle cramps, chronic bronchitis, colds, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, whooping cough, hoarseness, prevention of ARI and flu, diarrhea, urinary incontinence, rheumatism, emotional imbalance, decreased mental and physical performance, advanced age , menopause, ovarian dysfunction, adaptation to new climatic conditions and meteopathic factors, desynchronosis, wounds, burns, eczema, acne, oily skin and hair, sweating of feet, unpleasant skin odor, dandruff, e hair, cellulite.
How spasmolytics helps with bronchospasm, headaches, stomach, intestinal, renal and hepatic colic. Prevents skin aging. Has a curative effect in skin problems of neuroendocrine nature.
Suitable for sensitive, irritable and reddening skin. Oil is used for the so-called silhouette-massage, which allows to perform muscle correction of the figure.
Cypress oil recipes
- For massage – 3-5 drops per 10 ml of base oil. This same form can be used for hemorrhoids for tampons and
- For the lubrication of hemorrhoidal plaques 2 times a day.
- For the compress – 5 drops of oil is added to 1 glass of warm water.
- For the aroma lamp – 3-5 drops.
- For inhalations – 1-2 drops.
- In the bath 3-5 drops, in the bath – 1-2 drops of oil, pre-mixed with an emulsifier (1/4 cup of milk, whey, honey solution, sea or kitchen salt).
- For the enrichment of creams, tonics, gels, shampoos – 2-3 drops per 5 ml of the base.
A component of some medications. Used in cosmetics and perfumes (as a component for chypre).
Cypress essential oil blends well with following oils
Cypress oil blends with oils of orange, lemon, mandarin, pine, cedar, juniper, rosemary, sage, lavender, santal, incense, marjoram. Complementary is the oil of bergamot.
Side effects of cypress oil
Do not use with increased blood clotting, thrombophlebitis, post-infarction states, hypertension, epilepsy, in the first months of pregnancy.