Benefits of Cypress Essential Oil that You Must Know

Jun 17, 2021 | Essential Oils, Oils

Written by Dr. Omair Ansar, MBBS, MSc
cypress essential oil

You might have heard about cypress essential oil and its benefits. Most people falsely believe that this oil is produced in Cyprus, which is no more than a common myth.

Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and it has no correlation with cypress essential oil apart from a similarity in pronunciation.

If you would like to know more about cypress essential oil from its origin to the benefits of cypress essential oil, then you are certainly at the right place. Check out below.


What is Cypress Essential Oil?

cypress trees

Cypress oil is found in the dense Cypress tree forests of the Mediterranean and Asian countries. Cypress trees are green with dark foliage. They grow over 82-feet high and present round cones. As per some research studies, cypress trees are perceived as medicinal trees since they provide various health benefits.

Cypress Oil Preparation Method

The cypress oil preparation method involves the following steps:

1. Obtaining extract through Clevenger Hydro distillation method

2. Breaking Plan material into tiny pieces and storing in Flask

    (a) Plant Material: 400 Grams.  (b) Flask Volume: 4 Liters.

3. Mixing with distilled water

4. Boiling the mixture for 3 hours

5. Drying with anhydrous sodium sulphate and place at -18 C if not in use

Benefits of Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress essential oil has various health benefits. It plays a multidimensional role in a person’s health. It exhibits antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties, which makes it extremely useful and a must have product.

The following explains the various uses of cypress essential oil in the treatment of different conditions:


Relieves Upper Respiratory Tract Issues

Cypress oil contains a very important molecule which helps relieve congestion and removes excess sputum production. The ingredient is known as camphene, you may find this key ingredient in different herbal medicines used for the treatment of coughs.

According to a recent research study, camphene plays a vital role in reducing bacterial and fungicidal growths. It is also free of side-effects which you may get if you receive a round of antibiotics.

Meanwhile, another study done on cypress species indicates that the cypress oil is beneficial in the treatment of both coughs and the flu and can reduce symptoms drastically.

Moreover, cypress oil can help in treatment of life-threatening upper respiratory tract infections such as (SARS-COV) by reducing the viral activity up to 68%. You may simply inhale cypress oil by using it in a diffuser to reap the benefit.


Treats Bacterial and Fungal Infections

Cypress essential oil possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties which help in the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections without the use of pharmaceuticals. 

One study was done on the leaves of various species of cypress and the oil obtained from leaves were tested against various strains of bacteria and fungi. The study concludes that the extract of cypress leaves inhibits the growth of such microorganisms.

Aids in Venous Problems

Cypress essential oil can increase blood flow. Due to this property, it can help in the treatment of various diseases where the blood flow accumulates and results in bulging or pooling of veins such as varicose veins, more commonly known as spider veins, and in the treatment of hemorrhoids.

According to a research study done on the chemical composition of cypress essential oil, it was revealed that applying cypress essential oil on hemorrhoids helps in soothing the area and reduce bacteria. Hemorrhoids are actually the swollen veins around the anus. The use of cypress essential oil seems to be beneficial in the treatment.

Moreover, as per the vein institute, the use of cypress oil can significantly increase the blood flow towards the heart and reduce the heaviness and swelling caused by varicosities.


Heals Skin and Wounds

Cypress essential oil can act as a sterilizer for cleaning wounds and healing minor cut injuries. It is necessary to mix it with a carrier oil first before using it for antiseptic purposes. It can also reduce bacterial acne.

According to a scientific review done in 2017, the result shows that cypress essential oil can significantly decrease the intensity of acne caused by bacteria.

Another study on the properties of cypress essential oil proves that it could alter the growth of pimples and acne. It is also used in cosmetic soap which kills bacteria.

Along with that, it can also reduce cellulite formation due to excessive water retention and weak circulation. Cypress essential oil removes such accumulated fluid from different areas of the body.

Cypress essential oil can also be used to reduce body odor by applying it under the arms or on the neck, however people with skin allergies must consult their respective dermatologist before applying such oil.


Lowers Cholesterol Levels

The extract of C. sempervirens exhibits antihyperlipidemic property. According to a research study done on rats, the extract of cypress leaves can cause a significant decrease in serum cholesterol levels, however triglycerides were not affected.

Further studies are still required on humans to confirm the antihyperlipidemic activity of cypress essential oil.


Controls Warts

Cypress essential oil plays a vital role in the treatment of warts, which are usually triggered by the Human Papillomavirus. According to a study done in 2009, it was found that cypress essential oil could prevent the formation of cold sores and viral warts. It can also reduce the formation of oral herpes caused by herpes simplex virus type 1.


Fosters Liver Health

Another study conducted by the National Research Center in Egypt concludes that cypress essential oil exhibits hepatoprotective property as it can naturally lower blood cholesterol levels and clean the liver by flushing away harmful toxins both internally and externally.

The cypress plant extract was initially tested on the liver tissue of rats which indicated that the cypress essential oil can reduce accumulation of free radicals and excess toxin in the body.


Promotes Soothing Effect

Cypress essential oil has a very soothing effect. It is also used in aromatherapy to induce calmness. According to a research study, placing the palm of a hand on the hinoki wood of a cypress plant causes a significant decrease of oxy-hb concentration in the brain and increases parasympathetic activity, which leads to physiological relaxation comparable to placing a palm on marble.

Another study done in 2005 reveals that aromatherapy massage with cypress essential oil has amazing psychological as well as physical benefits on the individuals who were tested, noting a reduction in depression levels and anxiety. Nevertheless, more research needs to be done on the use of cypress essential oil to confirm its aromatic properties.


Usage of Cypress Essential Oil
 

usage of cypress essential oil

Cypress essential oil does have healing properties and is generally safe to use. It is highly concentrated and should be used externally only. Make sure to test on a small patch of skin first before applying to a greater skin area to avoid severe allergic reactions.

It is of paramount importance to always dilute it with a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil or sunflower oil before applying to the skin.

Alternatively, it could be used in a diffuser by adding a few drops to create a calm, soothing and energetic environment either at work or at home.

For cellulite and varicose vein issues, usually no more than 3 drops are enough to apply on the affected area.

To add fragrance in home or in soaps for bactericidal property, 5-10 drops should be added.

A few drops can be added to warm water baths for the purpose of treating upper respiratory tract conditions.

Safety Tips

Always consult a medical professional or doctor before using it for dermatological purposes.

Lactating and pregnant females should be cautious and probably consult their respective gynecologist before using the cypress essential oil.

You should also avoid using cypress essential oil if you have a surgery planned in the coming 2 weeks.

If you are suffering from any bleeding disorder, discuss with your respective hematologist as the it may cause bruising.

Risks of Using Cypress Essential Oil

As mentioned, cypress essential oil should be used with caution and should not be ingested, as it could have poisonous effects.

It may also cause allergic reactions such as hives, itching, bruises, swelling.  Cypress essential oil is not registered by the Food and Drug Authority of the USA. As such, it is vital to choose high-quality reputable brand when selecting such oils.

Cypress essential oil should also be avoided on pets and small babies.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

It is evident that cypress essential oil benefits far outweigh its risks. The natural healing effects of this oil on both mental and physical health is commendable.  It holds various medical benefits, although it is important to understand that you should stop using it if you experience any allergic reaction to it.

It is emphasized that regardless of its benefits, you should always consult a treating doctor if you suffer from any pre-existing condition.

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