Cypress

Essential Oil of Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

 

Family: Cupressaceae

Origin: Originated in the East, now mostly found in gardens and cemetaries in the Mediterranean region. The Phonecians and Cretans used Cypress wood for building ships and houses while Egyptians made sarcophagi from it

Plant description: A perennial tree, conical-shaped about 80 feet high

Part of plant used for essential oil: Needles and twigs

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: a-pinene, camphene, sabinene, b-pinene, d-3carene, myrcene, a-terpinene, terpinolene, linalool, bornyl acetate, cedrol and cadinene.

PRECAUTIONS: Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing but best to avoid during pregnancy. It is also recommended to do a skin patch test before using it in a massage blend.

PROPERTIES: astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, haemostatic, hepatic, styptic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, respiratory tonic and sedative.

 

USES:

Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Soothes muscular cramps, eases arthritis and rheumatic pain

Nervous system: Calms the nerves and has sedative properties

Mental/Emotional: Has a calming and soothing effect on irritability, anger and stress

Reproductive: Helps regulate menstrual cycle

Circulation: Vasoconstrictor on varicose veins

Respiratory system: Useful for asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis, emphysema and influenza.

Urinary system:

Skin care: Constricts hemorrhoids, prevents perspiration, heals wounded skin and reduces oil. Very beneficial for summertime, oily skin and helps beautify both skin and scalp.

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References:

  1. essential oils.co.za/essential-oils/cypress.htm
  2. http://www.wildcrafted.com.au/Cypress.html
  3. http://www.floracopeia.com/Shop/organic-cypress-oil-provence.html

 

 

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