Steam distilled from branches
Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
should not be confused with Australian Blue Cypress (Callitris intratropica)
. Cypress is high in monoterpenes, whereas Australian Blue Cypress is high in sesquiterpenes.
May improve circulation and supports the nerves
. Anti-infectious, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and strengthens blood capillaries
. Acts as an insect repellent.
Cypress is one of the oils most used for the circulatory system
Cypress may also be beneficial for asthma
, may reduce cellulite
, support the circulatory system
, strengthen connective tissue
, is useful for coughs, cramps, edema, improve energy, fluid retention, gallbladder, bleeding gums, hemorrhoids, hemorrhaging, insomnia, intestinal parasites, laryngitis, liver disorders, menopausal disorders, muscular cramps, nervous tension, nose bleeds, ovarian cysts, pancreas insufficiency, pulmonary infections, rheumatism, spasms, tuberculosis, throat issues
and varicose veins
. Cypress is outstanding when used in skin care, lessening scar tissue
Battaglia notes: Cypress is renowned as an excellent venous decongestant
and is used for the treatment of varicose veins, oedema
. Holmes describes the therapeutic properties of cypress: "Cypress is the only essential oil which is a true venous blood decongestant as well as an astringent . . . it gives a lift to the side of the circulation liable to congestive stasis, relieving resultant menstrual imbalances
with heavy periods
and intermenstrual bleeding
. Part of cypress' blood activating action is a restorative effect on the veins themselves, useful with ailments ranging from heamorrhoids to phlebitis
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage
for more information and a dilution chart
Dilute with a carrier oil
and apply on area of concern or as desired. Tested at 5% dilution on 25 volunteers Cypress was neither irritating or sensitizing (Tisserand).
The quality of Cypress is suitable for internal use within safe parameters, if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
Click here for more information about internal usage.
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils
(p. 133) that 1 drop in water may calm a nervous cough
1. My 7-year-old son has always wet the bed. I started rubbing Cypress on his belly before bedtime, and after 1 week of doing that the bed wetting stopped
. We've enjoyed using the oils for different things. - C.M.
2. We have seen great success with by rubbing Cypress oil over the bladder area at night for our son who is a chronic bedwetter
! I chose the Cypress because I had come across a few testimonies that it had worked for other children. Thought we might as well give it a try, and sure enough, it does work!!!
3. I tried Cypress on my 7-year-old son who was still wetting the bed
, 6 days later he stopped! Praise the Lord. Thank you :) - Daniel J.
4. I read where a woman had a concussion
. By applying Cypress over her brain stem, her headaches left for good.
5. My son has resisted using the oils for his chronic nosebleeds, though I got Cypress with him in mind. He just came to me with a nosebleed. I got the bottle of Cypress and rubbed some on his nose. He asked how long it would take to work. Before I could answer him, he said, "This is insane. My nose isn't bleeding!" It literally took less than 30 seconds to work. He gets nosebleeds
frequently, and I assure you that they don't stop that suddenly, nor that soon after they start (his nosebleed had just started when he came to me.) I continue to be amazed by essential oils. And I am very grateful that you provide affordable ones. I would only have been able to purchase two or three oils from certain other companies for the price I paid for 11 of yours, yet yours are clearly of excellent quality. I absolutely would not have been able to discovered the power of essential oils without your company. Thank you! - Heather
6. I thought this was a great EO story to share: I work with a non-profit organization in Haiti and we have two orphanages. This story came from a small team that worked at the orphanage all last week. "A previous team identified a need for the twelve (12) Thomazeau orphans. All of the kids were wetting their beds
overnight causing the staff to wash their sheets and clothes every morning. As you know, there are no washers ? dryers at Thomazeau, so the Haitian staff was doing this by hand and hanging them out to dry. This was a monumental task each day, not to mention that the mattresses were ruined. The previous team purchased new mattresses and ordered new plastic covers from the States for our team to bring in. Upon our arrival, our team helped remove the old mattresses and installed new ones with plastic covers the first day we were there. Two women on our team also gave the Haitian staff some "Cypress Oil" to rub on the kid’s stomachs to help. The next morning, only one (1) child had wet the bed and the results have been similar ever since. What a huge relief for the Haitian staff! Praise God!" - Sandy
7. I bought Cypress specifically for potty training
and it helped my 2 (now 3) yr old greatly!! He hasn't gone in his bed in a long time, but when we thought he was good, then he'd go in his bed, the next few nights I'd put it on him and he would last a long time. Now he really never goes in bed... I love that my friends told me about essential oils! They've changed our lives!! - Shae
8. We have used Cypress oil, and so far it has been the most beneficial. My son is a heavy sleeper and goes hard during the day, so, if he gets overly tired, he may still wet the bed
. I've heard that calming them a while before bed with a bath and then limiting anything too stimulating on the brain, such as TV, Internet, etc. is helpful. We now do this in addition to Cypress oil with good results. -Valerie
9. My boys wet the bed
and after one chiropractic adjustment for one of them, never wet the bed again. Sometimes it takes repeated adjustments but we have seen excellent results. Also, Cypress essential oil works well if rubbed over the bladder every night before bed. You can also firmly massage arms and legs throughout the day and I have heard that helps something register things in the brain better and aids in knowing when they need to go at night. - Rachel
10. One of my sons was allergic to wheat. No wheat = no bed wetting
. Cypress oil did help if we knew he had had some. - Kelly
Heritage Essential Oil blends with Cypress
Regeneration for Bones and Joints
Cypress has been reported to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy
, 2002, pages 191-193.
Schnaubelt, Ph.D, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils,
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 265.