Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Cypress is related to cedar and pine. It is a columnar-shaped conifer with tight, overlapped scale-like leaves. It is often used in formal gardens due to its controlled growth habit. Native to the Mediterranean region, traditionally this tree has been associated with death. In fact, you will often see the trees planted in cemeteries to this day.
Key Medicinal Uses
Internally Cypress is used to treat ovarian dysfunction and to relieve the symptoms of menopause. It has sedative qualities. It is also antiseptic, diuretic, it constricts blood vessels and is antispasmodic. It stimulates the circulation of blood and calms the nerves. The herb is detoxifying and will help the body rid itself of excess fluids, toxins and cellulite. It improves the concentration, reduces stress and calms anger.
Externally Cypress has been used for hemorrhoids and varicose veins. When added to massage or bath oil, it promotes calming and soothes anxiety and depression. It can decrease the severity of mood swings. This herb is very good for people who have difficulty ceasing thinking or talking. It is also a natural deodorant. The herbal remedy can be applied to sports injuries, sprains, strains and aches and pains. It will stimulate the blood circulation and help speed healing. Applied to the chest, it can help alleviate coughs and congestion. A tissue with a few drops of oil on it held under the nose can stop nosebleeds.
Other Uses The oil is also used in perfume.
Herbs to Combine/Supplement
Combine cypress oil with marjoram and German chamomile to relieve sore muscles and to calm the emotions and the mind. For aromatherapy, the essential oil combines well with lavender, juniper, frankincense, jasmine, geranium, cedarwood, ylang ylang, rose and sandalwood.
Leaves The essential oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs for medicinal use.
Avoid this herb during pregnancy.
Preparation and Dosage
For a relaxing massage oil, combine 10 drops of cypress into 1 ounce of carrier oil like sweet almond. This combination will help with anxiety and tension. To treat varicose veins, add 10 drops of oil and 10 drops of wheatgerm into 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage the affected areas.
To relieve PMS and anxiety, add 2 drops of oil with 3 drops of geranium oil to a warm tub of water. Soak and relax in this to relieve irritability and other symptoms common for PMS.
To make your own perfume base, add 3 drops of cypress to 8 drops of rose, jasmine or ylang ylang with 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil.