Cupressus Sempervirens, more commonly known as Cypress is an Astringent. An astringent is any substance that causes tissues to contract by removing excess fluid from surrounding tissue, hence Cypress being the oil of ‘letting go’. Letting go of the excess in our bodies can mirror the letting go of our thoughts and emotions also.
Cypress oil is able to stimulate blood circulation and blood flow and therefore can be useful for the healing of bruises and promoting healthy menstrual flow. From what I’ve read it has also been said to stop bleeding if applied directly to a bleeding wound, but I am still yet to test this and find it to be true or not. I would however not recommend it to anyone until I’ve tried it myself, but I will be testing this out in future no doubt.
Because of its relationship with ‘flow’, Cypress can be useful in areas that needs a stimulation of blood flow, such as varicose veins and promoting the flow of urine. I imagine in this case of flow, it would also be a useful oil to use during meditation for when we need to ‘let go’ of issues we may be holding onto.
Cypress tightens the capillaries. It can be mixed with coconut oil and used as a daily facial cream for those who suffer from broken capillaries in the face. It can also be used to reduce as swollen appearance of the face. Using Cypress as a facial toner can be recommended for sensitive skin.
Combined with Lavender and/or Geranium essential oils, it can minimise the appearance of Varicose veins.
Massaged into the lower abdomen (with a carrier oil) it can ease the pain of period cramps and promote an easier and less painful blood flow.
Can be blended with other oils to promote the healing of bruises. Should be applied as soon as possible to the point of injury. Click here for a home-made bruises blend.
Cypress essential oil blends well with: Lavender, pine, Rosemary, and Sandalwood
Warning: You should not use Cypress undiluted as it may cause adverse reactions to the skin. It is also not a recommended for use during pregnancy.