16 December 2021 / Caitlin Devlin
Cypress Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
Healing cypress has ties to immortality and can relieve pain and cough symptoms.
Obtained from the evergreen cypress tree, cypress is considered a powerful oil due to its range of benefits.
Originally used in medicine by the Mediterranean Etruscan tribes, cypress has symbolic connections to death and immortality, and was considered a highly spiritual natural product. These days, cypress is still used for its healing qualities, namely to treat wounds and infections, soothe pain, and relieve coughs.
Cypress essential oil can help heal wounds.
One of the oldest uses of cypress oil was in the prevention of infection. Open wounds can become easily infected, but cypress oil has antiseptic qualities that prevent harmful microbes gathering around the area and keep the wound clean. A study in 2014 found that cypress oil has antimicrobial properties that can inhibit the growth of a range of bacteria.
Whilst it is important to be cautious and seek medical advice before applying essential oils directly to open wounds, a diluted solution of cypress oil can be used in the area surrounding the wound to keep it free from infection.
It can soothe muscle pain.
Cypress oil is also known to have antispasmodic qualities, and is able to help with muscle cramps or pulls. By preventing spasms in the muscle it can soothe tightness and relieve the pain that accompanies it. Cypress oil can also help to reduce restless leg syndrome by preventing muscle spasms, leading to a better quality of life for sufferers.
There’s even suggestion that cypress oil can work as a natural treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, reducing the inflammation in the wrist and decreasing fluid retention, both of which are useful in relieving pain.
It can help treat cough symptoms.
A natural expectorant, cypress oil can help to clear phlegm build-up in the chest, and its previously mentioned anti-spasmodic qualities can help to inhibit coughing fits by soothing chest muscles. The antibacterial qualities of the oil are also useful for treating chest infections caused by bacterial overgrowth. These antibacterial qualities are so potent, in fact, that a study in 2004 found that a component present in cypress oil called camphene was able to inhibit the growth of nine different bacteria.
It may reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
Varicose veins, or spider veins, are enlarged red or purple veins that are visible under the skin. It has been suggested that cypress oil’s ability to stimulate blood flow can reduce the appearance of these veins. When blood flow is stimulated in this area, blood in the legs is able to flow to the heart properly. This means that the veins don’t stretch and widen due to lack of pressure, and their appearance under the skin is lessened.
Cypress oil’s association with immortality is still relevant today, as its inclusion in the medicine cabinet can help us to live long, healthy lives. Even if that wasn’t the case, its fresh, woody scent is revitalising in and of itself.
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