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Cypress has a sharp and quite spicey aroma. The latin name of this plant is Cupressus Sempervirens. The oil is steam distilled from the needles of this tree. It is green or yellowish in colour and although it can be sourced in many different countries I prefer to buy the Spanish variety as it seems better quality. Physical benefits: ++++++++++++++++++ Acne Arthritis Asthma Bleeding gums Broken capilliaries Bruises Cellulite Cough Excessive perspiration Insect repellant Menopause Nose bleeds PMS Sinusitis Sore throat Varicous veins It also has many more uses and is one oil that every aroma therapist should have in their kit. This is especially good mixed with a carrier oil and used for facial massage. Psycho-emotional benefits: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Lessen stress Dispel irritability PMT Ease tension Lower anxiety Invigourating How to use this oil: ++++++++++++++++++++++ Dilute with carrier oil using about 3 drops to 10 mils almond or grape seed oil. Then use to massage from abdomen to thigh if you are treating fluid retention. Makes a great foot and hand massage oil too as it is so warming. (Dilute as above.) Use as a leg massage oil (with a carrier as above) to treat varicose veins. A few drops on the pillow will help to ease a bad cough but make sure you don't get it into the eyes or mucus membranes as this may burn and cause serious damage. Use in a difuser if you like the smell to aid circulation. A couple of drops (don't add too much or it may burn your skin) in a warm bath will help you relax and open up the airways if you have a cough or cold. Warning: ++++++++ As with all essential oils, store safely away from children. If using in the bath, mixed with a carrier oil take great care as the bot tom of the bath can become very slippery. It isn't a good idea to use oil in a child's bath because its almost impossible to stop them rubbing their nose, or eyes. The oil may get into the mucous membranes. Avoid during pregnancy Avoid if you have hypertension or a history of oestrogen dependant cancer. Verdict: ++++++++ If you use essential oils you will find this one very useful. There are so many things you can use it for. One little bottle will last for months as you only need a few drops at a time. (Buy some carrier oil at the same time as you will need it.) Personally, I do use Cypress oil a lot in treatments, especially for facial massage (mixed with grape seed oil as a carrier.) Unfortunately I don't use it on myself because it tends to irritate my airways (I'm asthmatic) after a while (the reaction isn't immediate). This may be a reaction peculiar to myself bit if you do suffer from asthma try this oil out before you massage it into your skin.
Cypress oil has a fresh, even spicy aroma and which is a useful oil when treating respiratory problems. It is anti spasmodic an astringent which makes it valuable for easing coughs, asthma, sore throats or bronchitis. Used diluted in carrier oil and massaged into the skin it is is often used to treat aches and pains. If massage is not advised, alternatively use a cold compress on problem areas. Indicated for bruising, inflamed joints or varicose veins. When used in beauty treatments, it is most effective on greasy skin as it has astringent properties. Steam face over a bowl of hot water with a few drops added to combat oiliness. An unusual application is for those who suffer with smelly feet, as a few drops added to a foot bath will alleviate the problem somewhat. It can also be used as an insevt repellant! Do not use in the first trimester of preganacy.
This oil is a great one to mix with a carrier oil and used to massage for fluid retention and varicose veins. I started to get varicose veins during and after giving birth to my child, with the help of this they do not ache but it doesn’t prevent it from ‘growing’. It’s a good one to stop coughing fits if you put a couple of drops onto the bedding ( a bit like eucalyptus). It’s also great for menstrual and menopausal problems but I do find that eucalyptus is less expensive and works better.