Cypress Essential Oil

Calming, cheering, refreshing

Cypress essential oil has a fabulous woody, relaxing scent.

It calms and relaxes you while at the same time sharpening your mental clarity - perfect to use during a long, stressful day.

Cypress is also well known for reducing perspiration, especially of the feet, for clearing up dandruff and oily skin. Great for skincare recipes!

Cypress oil narrows your blood vessels, so it's good for bruises and hemorrhoids, as well as reducing varicose veins. Apply a cool compress with a few drops of cypress oil diluted in a tablespoon of carrier oil. You can do this up to three times a day.

Aromatherapists use cypress oil to help calm asthma symptoms as well as dry, ticklish coughs, bronchitis, emphysema, whooping cough and the flu - basically anything yucky in the lungs.

It's also good for muscle cramps (including period pain) and arthritis pain.

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Botanical Name and Characteristics


Cupressus sempervirens

Cypress is a conical evergreen tree that grows from 80 to 160 feet high. It has dark green foliage, small flowers and round brown-grey cones. Some cypress trees are believed to be more than 3000 years old.

The essential oil is steam distilled from the twigs, leaves and cones.

Fresh, clean, spicy, herbaceous, woody scent.

Therapeutic Action

Relaxes nerves

Lifts mood

Reduces stress and nervous tension

Promotes sleep

Refreshes, improving mental clarity and alertness

Balances the nervous system

Relaxes tight muscles

Reduces perspiration

Tones and clarifies skin

Contracts connective tissue

Helps reduce cellulite


Contains a phyto-hormone similar to estrogen

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Cypress's medium-strength middle note blends well with bergamot, clary sage, fennel, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, pine and rosemary


No known cautions.

What Next?

Click on the links below to learn more about properties, safety and blending of some popular essential oils.

Or check out some woodsy, relaxing recipes using cypress essential oil...

Balancing Bath & Body Oil

Body Butter Recipe

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage

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