Cypress Essential Oil

Cupressus sempervirens

Dilution is not necessary for topical applications or for direct inhalation but can be diluted with a carrier oil to massage into the skin. It is also used in a diffuser to create calm atmosphere and deodorize the air. It blends well with Lavender, Frankincense, Rosemary, Bergamot, Pine, Clary Sage, Juniper, Marjoram, and citrus oils like Orange and Lemon.

Known Uses

The presence of camphene (antifungal/anti-bacterial) in Cypress Essential Oil makes it useful to treat both external and internal wounds and prevent infections. It can be used to treat sores and skin eruptions like pustules and pimples causing acne problems. Camphene has also been shown to reduce plasma cholesterol and triglycerides naturally.

Cypress Essential Oil has antispasmodic qualities that inhibit spasms, cramps, muscle pulls, and restless leg syndrome. It improves blood circulation and can ease chronic pain. Cypress Essential Oil is considered a natural treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome because it acts as a diuretic to decrease fluid retention, stimulates blood flow and reduces inflammation. As a diuretic, it helps flush out toxins, increases sweat and perspiration to expel toxins, and cleanses the liver. Can be used as a mosquito repellent and helps scars and other marks on your skin disappear.

Cypress Essential Oil promotes blood clotting when needed, i.e. for a bloody nose or to heal wounds and infections quickly. Its astringent properties promote the contraction of skin, muscles, hair follicles and gums, tightening and strengthening them. Reduces heavy menstruation, is a natural fibroid treatment, and a remedy used for endometriosis. In addition, Cypress Oil can eliminate respiratory conditions, clear up congestion, eliminate phlegm and act as an antispasmodic agent in treating asthma and bronchitis. Kills foot odor, stops a runny nose, and clears oily hair and scalp without any drying effects.

It is a natural deodorant, and treats varicose veins and cellulite. Can be used in a diffuser to create emotional balance, and calm feelings of anxiety.


Cypress originated in the Mediterranean, Spain, and Italy. The ancient civilizations of the Chinese, the Greeks, and then the Egyptians used Cypress oil extensively for medicine. The Egyptians also used it in the construction of coffins due to its hard wood. 


There have been no reported side effects from using Cypress Essential Oil and it is listed as safe for children. However, as a precaution, it is not recommended for use by pregnant women or children without the advice of a health care professional.