Cypress essential oil (buy it here) smells so wonderful. It is distilled from the scale-type needles, twigs and sometimes the berries of evergreen cypress trees. This oil is a very effective treatment for respiratory problems, digestive problems, muscle spasms and skin problems.
Cypress oil has antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial, diuretic, styptic, hepatic, hemostatic, sudorific (makes you sweat), sedative yet stimulating and vasoconstricting properties that give it some truly remarkable uses. It is even anti-rheumatic. This beneficial property alone makes cypress EO extremely handy to have around.
1. Treat Wounds and Sores
Apply cypress essential oil to wounds and sores twice a day to prevent bacterial infection and speed healing. Mix 1 to 3 drops of cypress EO into 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil before applying. You shouldn’t use full-strength cypress oil on the skin, although you can use a blend as strong as half and half for a short time. Any carrier oil is great for this. Jojoba is especially good for the skin. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties, too, so it would be an excellent carrier oil to use. You can also use a mixture of carrier oils. I like to use about 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of a lighter oil like argan or sweet almond.
2. Encourage Blood Clotting
Use the 50/50 cypress EO/carrier oil blend to help stop bleeding. Its styptic properties actually encourage the formation of blood clots. Its vasoconstrictor properties also help in this area by causing blood vessels to constrict, thus slowing the bleeding.
*Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time. The 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops per teaspoon) is fine for everyday use.*
3. Clear up Acne
Add 1 to 3 drops of cypress EO to a mild facial moisturizer or carrier oil and use it to treat acne. Its antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties will quickly clear it up. Jojoba oil is especially good for this if you have dry skin because it stimulates healthy production of sebum. Argan or sweet almond oils may be better if you tend to get oily skin.
4. Get Rid of Cellulite
Massage cypress oil into the skin to get rid of cellulite. Its diuretic, anti-rheumatic and astringent properties help reduce excess fluids and inflammation while firming the skin. Use the 2% to 3% dilution rate for this and apply it once or twice a day. Argan oil and/or coconut oil are especially good for this. Argan oil is excellent for toning the skin.
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5. Soothe and Reduce Varicose Veins
Apply the 2% to 3% cypress oil/carrier oil blend to your skin where varicose veins are a problem. Its astringent and anti-rheumatic properties help shrink and heal varicose veins. Cypress oil’s anti-rheumatic properties also help relieve the throbbing pain of varicose veins after you’ve been on your feet all day. You can use it twice a day.
**Apply a small amount of a 3% cypress oil/carrier oil blend to an inconspicuous area. Wait at least a few hours to see if you get a reaction before you begin using it all over.**
6. Reduce Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Massage a 2% to 3% cypress oil/carrier oil blend into your wrists to help alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome. It works on this condition in much the same way as varicose veins. You can use the stronger dilution rate, if necessary, but work up to it slowly. Start with the lower rate and increase it as needed.
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7. Treat Arthritis
Rub a 2% to 3% cypress/carrier oil blend into painful, arthritic areas as part of your arthritis treatment. Its anti-rheumatic properties will give you quick relief. In severe cases, you can use a stronger dilution rate for up to two weeks. Build up slowly, though, and make it only as strong as you need to.
8. Firm Loose Skin
Use a 1% to 3% cypress oil/carrier oil blend to firm loose skin. This remarkable use is especially beneficial for people who have recently lost weight. It is also great for those of us who are getting a bit older and developing loose skin at the throat, upper arm and thighs. You can use any carrier oil you like for this. You can add cypress oil to your favorite moisturizer or toner, too, if you prefer. Just check the ingredients to see if it already contains cypress oil.
9. Alleviate Muscle Cramps
Massage cramped or spasmodic muscles with a 1% to 3% cypress essential oil/carrier oil blend. It immediately soothes the muscles to stop the spasm.
*Do not get essential oil in your nose, where it will come in contact with sensitive mucous membranes, or in your eyes.*
10. Eliminate Excess Water Weight and Improve Digestion
Practice cypress essential oil aromatherapy to eliminate excess water weight or edema and impr