Cypress is recommended whenever there is excess fluid, because it is a powerful astringent and venous decongestant. This makes it the first choice mixed in an ointment to treat varicose veins and hemorrhoids, and in massage, bath and compresses to regulate over-heavy and painful menstruation. Cypress also helps to reduce the hot flashes associated with menopause. In a bath or foot bath, it helps to prevent excessive sweating. Overall, cypress is warming, drying and soothing.
The clean, fresh woody aroma of cypress makes it a welcome addition to men's skin-care prepartions, and it helps acne, oily and overhydrated skin. Cypress makes a lovely deodorant when blended with bergamot and geranium, dissolved in a little vodka and mixed into orange-flower water and witch hazel. It also helps with nervous weakness and anxiety, restoring a strong, calm demeanor.
Psychologically, cypress is purifying, protecting and refreshing, and was traditionally used in purifying incense. Like juniper, it provides excellent psychic protection and, as a symbol of eternity, cypress instils strength and wisdom. It also helps the flow of stagnant subtle energies. Cypress was dedicated to Pluto, the god of the underworld, and so is associated with the base chakra. It can be used in meditation for meditations for bereavement, difficult transitions and painful changes.
Use it for
- enhancing mental clarity
- boosting emotional comfort
- supporting detoxification
- reducing swelling
- soothing inflammation
Main therapeutic properties
- Compress: to treat joint inflammation or the swelling of an injury, create a cold compress by mixing 5 drops of cypress and 3 drops of lavender in 1 cup (250ml) iced water. Take a clean folded facecloth and place it on top of the water, letting it soak up as much oil and water as possible. Wring out the water and place the compress on the swollen area.
- Bath: for a detoxifying bath that will also lift your mood, add 3 to 6 drops of cypress to a tablespoon of a carrier oil and add to a warm bath.
- Diffusion: use cypress in the home, especially during the winter months, for a subtle scent that both soothes and energizes.
Contraindication: Do not use cypress while pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Scientific Name: Cupressus sempervirens
- Family: Cupressaceae
- Country of Origin: France
- Net Content: 0.34 fl oz/10ml