Although native to Southern Europe and Western Asia, Cypress trees thrive in various locations around the world. dōTERRA source our Cypress oil in Kenya. By choosing Kenya, many smallholder farmers in rural areas of the country are raised out of poverty and we get the best quality of essential oil. Cypress essential oil is composed primarily of monoterpenes which can help improve the appearance of oily skin. When used aromatically, Cypress oil produces a clean aroma that has both an invigorating and grounding effect on the emotions. Due to its rejuvenating aroma and widely known skin benefits, Cypress oil it is commonly used in spas and by massage therapists.
It is believed that ancient Chinese chewed on cones from the Cypress tree to help heal bleeding gums, while Hippocrates recommended it for treating hemorrhoids! Cypress trees have long been associated with burial rituals. It is widely believed, for example, that the cross on which Jesus was crucified was made from Cypress. Perhaps due to their tall, stately upright appearance, Cypress trees are frequently planted in graveyards. Countries like Egypt continue to use Cypress wood in coffin-making.
Cypress essential oil uses and benefits
Due to its warm, evocative aroma, Cypress oil is ideal for adding to all your homemade soaps, scrubs and lotions.
The Cypress tree, commonly used in landscapes, is a perennial evergreen. Cypress trees can grow to exceptional heights of 60 to 80 feet tall. The foliage of the Cypress tree is dark green and scale like. The tree also produces cones that are 1.5 inches across. These cones are woody and scaly and usually take two years to mature.
Chemistry of Cypress Essential Oil
The main components of cypress oil are a-pinene, camphene, sabinene, b-pinene, d-3carene, myrcene, a-terpinene, terpinolene, linalool, bornyl acetate, cedrol and cadinene.
Alpha-Pinene is the monoterpene that provides pine trees with their distinct scent. But it isn’t just found in the essence of coniferous plants, it is also the primary chemical constituent of Rosemary, Frankincense, Cypress, Juniper Berry, and Helichrysum essential oils, and it is even found in Wild Orange. Recent research suggests that alpha-Pinene may have skin and oral health supporting benefits and may support the proper function of the immune and respiratory systems.
Do not use internally. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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