Antiseptic and Relaxing
Cypress oil can be used topically on the skin for its antiseptic, antibacterial and stimulating properties. It soothes sore muscles, increases blood circulation and helps to detoxify the skin. Aromatherapists believe it can be calming during times of emotional stress, making it a wonderful ingredient in bath products as well.
Cypress oil is almost colourless and has a clean woody energising aroma which is used as part of perfume and aromatherapy blends. Cypress trees are tall, reaching heights of 140 feet, with small flowers and brownish-grey cones. The oil is obtained from the young twigs, stems and needles of the cypress tree by steam distillation. The main constituents of cypress are alpha-pinene, carene and limonene which give it its properties.
It is particularly comforting during the winter season because it is said to stimulate feelings of joy and happiness.