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forest bathe at home with cypress essential oil

Ethna Parker PhD 🌱 the essential researcher

· Essential Oils

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

  1. Enjoy the soothing benefits of Cypress oil with an easy to make DIY Soothing Salve recipe (see recipe below). The addition of Cypress oil creates an invigorating vapor that can be useful during winter months.
  2. To energise and revive tired legs, apply Cypress essential oil to your feet and legs prior to a long run or before and after hiking.
  3. Looking for ways to reduce the shiny glow of oily skin? Add one to two drops of Cypress oil to your skin toner for clean, clear radiant-looking skin.
  4. Avoid the afternoon energy slump by diffusing Lime and Cypress essential oils together. The soft, woody aroma of Cypress helps to renew and uplift the senses while the zesty scent of Lime is great for helping us focus and stay alert.
  5. Cypress essential oil is well known for its skin benefits. To reduce the appearance of blemishes, apply diluted Cypress oil morning and night or add a drop or two to your usual skin cream.
  6. Experience the remarkable benefits of forest bathing at home by diffusing two drops of Cypress, three drops White Fir, one drop Cedarwood and one drop Geranium essential oil.
  7. Need help calming down an overactive mind? Try adding 3 drops of Cypress oil diluted in one tsp carrier oil to your bath. 
  8. Once a week, supercharge your sleep routine by adding diluted Cypress oil to half a cup of Epsom salts. Stir well to disperse and get ready to sleep like a baby! 
  9. Inhale Cypress directly from the bottle for a quick and easy way to experience its grounding and stimulating effect on the emotions.
  10. Mix Cypress and Grapefruit essential oils with a carrier oil for an invigorating massage blend. 

DIY Soothing Salve

Ingredients

½ cup grapeseed oil

½ cup almond oil

2 tablespoons beeswax

½ tablespoon vitamin E oil

5 drops Lavender oil

5 drops Cypress oil 

5 drops Melaleuca oil 

5 drops Frankincense oil

5 drops Eucalyptus oil

Instructions

  1. Melt beeswax in double boiler.
  2. Once melted, add grapeseed, almond, and vitamin E oil until melted.
  3. Combine and set aside for two to three minutes to cool slightly.
  4. Add essential oils and stir.
  5. Pour in container and allow to set for two hours.
  6. To use, apply to skin or on chest.

Fun fact

Due to its warm, evocative aroma, Cypress oil is ideal for adding to all your homemade soaps, scrubs and lotions.

Plant description

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.

Oils that blend well with Cypress essential oil

Cypress essential oil blends well with citrus oils like Lemon, Lime, and Wild Orange, as well as other oils such as Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, and Sandalwood essential oils for diffusion.

Cautions

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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