Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress is a tree with round cones or nuts. They are native to the Middle East, Asia, Crete, and Cyprus, but are also grown in Europe.
- Botanical Family: Cupressaceae
- Other Common Names:
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves, twigs, and cones
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Cypress is also related to Blue Cypress. It is primarily available as an essential oil.
- Chemistry: Cypress is comprised primarily of monoterpenes (a-pinene, delta-3-carene)
- Digestive: supports the symptoms of digestive upsets
- Reproductive: relieves symptoms of PMS and menstruation and also helps to increase progesterone production
- Pregnancy: helps with frequent urination, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, respiratory support, excessive sweating, nausea, backaches, leg cramps, carpal tunnel, water retention, pre-birth perineal prep, and relaxation
- Babies & Children: helps with digestive upsets, emotional upsets, and skin and hair health
- Skin: Beneficial for oily hair types and oily skin and can be used in deodorants as an antiperspirant. Benefits oily, sweaty skin and feet.
- Renal: supports the kidneys and renal system
- Emotional: calming for feelings of bereavement, anxiety, and excessive thinking and talking
- Spiritual: supports the Throat Chakra associated with expression and communication
- Scent Profile: Mid note with a fresh, woody, herbaceous aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Cypress can last up to 44 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Woody
- Blends well with: Benzoin, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Black Spruce, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Niaouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Saro, Scots Pine, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree, and Ylang Ylang
- Skin sensitizer if the essential oil is oxidized
Products Using Cypress Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.