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March 9, 2023

62: Cypress Essential Oil: Benefits, Uses, and DIY Recipes

62: Cypress Essential Oil: Benefits, Uses, and DIY Recipes

Join me in this coniferous episode as I delve into the healing powers of Cypress essential oil and uncover its numerous benefits and versatile uses. You will discover how this aromatic powerhouse can support your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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What You Will Hear in Episode 62:

  • Important therapeutic properties of cypress essential oil
  • Applications plus three practical and easy DIY recipes 
  • A fun astrological comparison between Saturn and Cypress

Tune in and embark on a journey of wellness and creativity with this extraordinary essential oil.
 
So sit back, relax, and take a deep breath as together we explore the world of Cypress Essential Oil.

🎁 CYPRESS Deep Dive Course Discount for my podcast listeners (-20%)
https://aromaticwisdominstitute.thrivecart.com/cypress-deep-dive
Use Code AWP62

Resources and Links:
AWP 025: Essential Oils for Grief, Transition, and Letting Go
Fragrant Friday blog post: Bergamot Essential Oil Spotlight

Other Deep Dive Courses
Rose Deep Dive: https://aromaticwisdominstitute.thrivecart.com/rose-deep-dive
Juniper Berry Deep Dive: https://aromaticwisdominstitute.thrivecart.com/juniper-berry-deep-dive

VARICOSE VEIN SUPPORT DIY RECIPE (3%)
8 drops Cypress Essential Oil
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
4 drops Geranium Essential Oil
1 oz Unscented Organic Cream
1 oz glass jar
1 glass stir rod
Directions: Add into 1 ounce of unscented lotion or cream and blend with the glass stir rod

Cypress Essential Oil DIY RECIPE 
5 drops Cypress
5 drops Juniper Berry
5 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil
2 drops Ginger Essential Oil
2 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
 
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Transcript

Episode 62 Introduction: You're listening to the Aromatic Wisdom podcast, episode number 62. Today's show is all about the healing powers of that gorgeous conifer essential oil we know as Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens. I'll be sharing both the physical and energetic benefits of Cypress, the essential oil production methods and lots of other details. And I'll be giving you a 20% discount on one of my courses just for you, my podcast listener!


Liz: Hello, friends! Welcome to the Aromatic Wisdom Podcast! 

Welcome back if you are a longtime listener and you are returning and welcome to the new listeners. Thank you for trying it. My name is Liz Fulcher and I'm here to talk to you about aromatherapy in this podcast. That's what I do. I talk about my 32 years of experience using aromatics. 

Before I get started with today's great content, I want to mention that I have created a discount code just for my podcast listeners - that's you - to get my online course called Cypress Deep Dive. The code gets you 20% off the course and you can find all that information in today's show notes. So don't feel like you have to scramble and get a pen because first of all, I'll repeat it at the end and then it will be in the show notes. You can find the show notes at Aromatic Wisdompodcast.com/62 because, you know, this is episode number  62. 

Now, because I'm going to be talking about Cypress essential oil, I'd like to make a suggestion. If you have a bottle of Cypress essential oil at home or wherever it is that you are listening, I invite you to pause the audio. Go and get your bottle of essential oil so that you can experience it while you're listening. It will deepen the information and it will definitely deepen your connection to the essential oil. You can sniff from the bottle. You can add a drop to a tissue if you want to. You can even get out your diffuser and diffuse the cypress into the air. Get your bottle of essential oil. I'll wait. 

Here is a quick overview now of what I'll be covering in this episode. 
First, I'm going to start with the foundational stuff about cypress essential oil, like where the trees grow, how the oil is extracted, the shelf life, and all the basic foundational information. 

Then I'm going to share a little story about my relationship with Cypress. Keep in mind, I have been working with aromatics since 1991. That's 32 years. I have hundreds of experiences and hundreds of stories, the good, the bad, and the ugly. So I've always got a story to share about some essential oil that I've used. 

Then I'm going to give you the basics of the therapeutic properties and the energetic properties. I'm going to give you some suggested ways to use Cypress, and then I'm going to give you some recipes. 

With that said, let's begin!

We are talking about the essential oil of cypress. The botanical name, or Latin binomial, if you want to be fancy, is Cupressus sempervirens. The botanical family is Cupressaseae.

This plant is also known informally as Mediterranean cypress or Italian cypress. Take note, this is important. There's also an essential oil called Blue Cypress, which comes from a whole different source. Its Latin binomial is Calitrus intratropica. It's a whole different genus, species, and family, and it does a whole lot of different things than the oil we're talking about today. In fact, in the course that I'm offering the discount on the cypress deep dive, I talk quite a bit about the blue cypress and the benefits and so forth, so that you know a little bit about both.

The geographical source of cypress essential oil is the area around Italy and France, also as far as Spain, and I've even seen some cypress from Morocco, which is in North Africa.

In terms of the oil characteristics, cypress essential oil has a fresh, very woody, kind of masculine aroma. In fact, it's used in a lot of blends for men. Men particularly like it. It just kind of has a masculine aroma, and it's also used commercially in some men's colognes.

The color is usually clear, but it can even be pale yellow. And the viscosity is watery. It's very, very loose and light.

The part of the plant that is used to create the essential oil is expressed by steam distillation, and the part of the plants that are used are the twigs and leaves primarily, but also the cones can be used. You can find an essential oil made up just of cones, which makes the chemistry a tad different than when you find it with twigs and leaves. It's really important when you buy a cypress essential oil to look at the plant part from which it was extracted. As I said, it will mostly likely be comprised of twigs and leaves, but if it's from cones, it may cost a little more and it will be a little different.

Taking a look at the chemical profile of cypress, it's very high in the monoterpene components, which places it firmly in the monoterpene chemical family. This is important for shelf life. There are ten chemical families. The one that has the shortest shelf life is the monoterpene chemical family, and that shelf life is anywhere from, I'd say, two to three years, depending on how it's kept and how it's stored. For those of you that are new to essential oil chemistry, I'll put a link in the show notes to my other episodes about chemical families. I tend to do that in any episode where I talk about chemistry. If you look at the show notes, I nearly always have links to other episodes or even blog posts where the chemistry is explained.

My personal relationship with Cypress. Now, I have two stories about using Cypress both therapeutically and for emotions, and I'm going to get to those.

I think I'm going to tell those stories after I talk about the therapeutic properties, because I believe the stories will make more sense.

Speaking in terms of my personal relationship with Cyprus, the cypress tree, and then by default, the essential oil will always represent Italy in my heart. Everywhere you go in Italy, you see cypress trees, in particular around Tuscany. Often you'll see pictures marketing Italy, and usually it's Tuscany. You see long, curving roads. And the roads always have long cylindrical trees lining the road that goes up to the villa. Those are all cypress trees.

In 1990, I had the privilege to spend a week in Tuscany touring wineries with my sister and her husband. My brother-in-law worked for a large wine import company in Maryland. So we got to stay in this spectacular multimillion-dollar villa that was owned by a Tuscan vintner. We had incredible meals on balconies overlooking a stunning panorama of the rolling Tuscan countryside. And everywhere you looked stood statuesque Cypress trees lining the roads and surrounding the graveyards.  I'll explain why graveyards in a minute. So I really cannot just pick up a bottle of cypress, and use it without somehow having a memory of being in Italy. And yes, I did just go down a little rabbit hole there, didn't I?

All right, let's take a look now at the therapeutic properties of cypress essential oil. First of all, cypress is an incredible diuretic. It has a tendency to make things flow and move. So if you need movement, if you need liquid to flow, that also applies energetically very often. What a characteristic is, a physical characteristic of an oil can be translated into an energetic characteristic. So, for example, if you need the energy to flow, if there's something stagnant, this oil would be good for that as well.

But going back to the physical characteristics. So it's great if you have edema, any sort of backup of fluid in your body. I'll tell you that if you use it as a diuretic, be prepared to go to the potty because it will help you move things out of your body, like pee. It is an astringent, and this action helps to tighten tissue which is terrific for oils skin or any condition in which you need to tighten things up.

Cypress essential oil alleviates inflammation, so it's good to add any blend where you're trying to reduce heat and inflammation, and anything that's swollen.

cypress is anti-sudorific.  Isn't that a great word? In Italian, sudore means to perspire or sweat, so if something is anti-sudorific, it means it's anti-perspiration. I don't know how much it actually blocks the perspiration from being expelled from the body, but it is terrific for a deodorizer because deodorizing is one of the characteristics of Cypress. If you're making any kind of product underarm deodorant, foot deodorant, or anything like that, or even for the air, cypress is a really good choice because it's a great natural deodorizer. It's nice to add to baking soda for, say, cleaning out the sink. Or if you want to put a little cypress in your vacuum cleaner and in the bag. Or if you don't have a bag. If it's a bagless vacuum cleaner, put some on a paper towel and stick it in the part that collects the dust and the air will filter it out so it goes out around into the environment.

Cypress is great for rheumatic pain. So any sort of rheumatism, any of those rheumatic conditions. Cypress is also good to add to a blend. In particular, I would say a blend that can be used in an oil or a cream and rub into the skin versus, say, diffusion or a bath. Cypress is antitussive, another fun word in Italian, tocire means to cough. So antitussive makes sense to me. If you've ever seen the product Robitussin, it's affecting a cough. It's a commercial product over the counter, designed to help stop coughing. So when a product is antitussive like Cyprus, it means it helps calm coughing spasms. It also helps reduce mucus production.

Cypress essential oil does many other things, but those are the primary reasons that I use this wonderful oil and the primary reasons why you might want to reach for a bottle in terms of its therapeutic properties.

All right, we've looked at the therapeutic properties on the physical level. Let's take a look now at emotional and energetic properties of Cypress. So let me just say right up front, the folklore of the cypress tree is fascinating. If you ever wanted to do a research paper, honestly, I think you could do your Ph.D dissertation on the folklore around Cupressus sempervirens. . It's fascinating. I will not go into that in this podcast. That would be three or four episodes unto themselves. Instead, I'm just going to share the highlights and then, of course, the energetics that I know about Cypress.

Cypress is an ancient symbol of solace and it can be really soothing in times of transition. That transition doesn't necessarily have to be death. It can be moving your home. It can be changing career. It can be when a child moves out. It can be the passing of a soul from living to the other side. I actually have a whole podcast episode called Essential Oils for Grief, Transition, and Letting Go. It is aromatic wisdompodcast.com 25. So it's episode 25. The oil has a very subtle vibrational property that can really help ease sadness and the emotional turmoil that comes with change. Sometimes change is upsetting, going from what's comfortable to what's new or what's unknown. Any kind of change like that can be difficult. And Cypress is always a good choice.

The aroma, which is so lovely, is earthy and woody. It kind of helps promote some of that grounding and stability that we need when we're feeling emotionally blown around, emotionally fragile. The oil also helps release stagnant energy. If you remember, I was saying earlier, the physical characteristics and properties that an essential oil brings can be translated also into the energetic properties. So essential oil of cypress can release stagnant energy in the body. If you've got swollen knee that has been just sitting there stagnant and you really need to move fluid and move the energy out. Cypress is great for that. By the same token, if there is stagnant energy around your energy field, your aura, your emotions, there's stagnant energy in your work or in a relationship or your creativity, or anything like that. Cypress eliminates what is stagnant and that helps to clear the space for something new to come in. Okay, that's the energetic bit. Now, I just want to share two fun random facts about Cyprus.

1. One is the cypress wood that was used for the doors of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City in Rome, which I think is amazing. How many trees did that take to make those big, gigantic, heavy doors?

2. Another fun fact is that Cypress is ruled by the planet Saturn. I find that really interesting because Saturn astrologically makes things kind of heavy and responsible. So, for example, the police and government are all ruled by the planet of Saturn. So when you think about things that are serious, that keep order, that is keeping responsibility, that is Saturn. Saturn will bring that energy in astrologically to anything that it's involved with. So when you think that the cypress tree is ruled by the planet Saturn and that it's around graveyards and that it's meant to kind of uphold the heart and the solace and also look at the tree. It looks like a soldier, doesn't it?

I'm going to share now two personal stories in which I used Cypress. One was for a physical condition, the other was for emotions.

1. While I was living in Italy, a friend of mine from New York came for a visit. And on the drive home from the airport, she started complaining about how uncomfortable she was during her flight. And she just said it was a difficult flight, she was in pain, she wasn't being very specific. I said, what are you talking about? And she finally admitted that she had inflamed hemorrhoids that were really painful and the flight aggravated the condition. So as soon as we returned to my apartment, I ran a bath for her. But a sits bath. S-I-T-Z. So a sits bath is a type of therapy that is done by sitting in warm, shallow water, sitting in a bathtub is fine. Generally, the water comes up to your hip. It doesn't have to be any deeper than that because the objective is to help clean and treat the area in the undercarriage, your anal area, genital and the perineum. So that was my objective for my friend. So I created this sits bath for her specifically because she had to address her hemorrhoids. So I ran a sitspath for her and I added about 20 drops of cypress essential oil in a half a cup of olive oil. And I instructed her to get in, relax quietly in the tub for about half an hour. The water was warm, not hot, because it's better if it's cooler, but that's also uncomfortable. So it was sort of tepid to warm. After 30 minutes, she came out of the bathroom and she said, liz, you are a witch. I feel 100% better. And as much as I would love to take credit for this witchcraft, it really was the vazoconstricting properties of the cypress essential oil that did the magic again, astringent it pulls things in. So really nice for hemorrhoids.

 

2. Story number two is pretty sad. I have a dear friend named Colleen who lost her son when he was 23. I did not know how to help her. When someone's in that much of a devastation, all you can really do is support them and be there for them in the way that you know how. Whatever skills you have, you can bring to them, even if it's just being able to listen or just sit and hold the space for them, which I did. But I also decided to give the family a massage. So I brought my massage table over to the house and made myself available. If anyone wanted a gentle healing massage, they were welcome to have a massage. And I made a blend for this family of Cyprus and bergama, which is also good for grieving. And I made this in the form of a spray for their home. I also made a blend of cypress and rose absolute oil and I gave her and her three daughters massages for the first couple days after this unexpected death. So I used cypress bergamo in the spray because of the grieving and the energetics of the home cypress and rose oil because it resonates with the heart and it's great for grieving and transitions. So those are just two ways that I have actually employed cypress and her properties in my real life

 

Cypressessential oil safety information. It is nontoxic, non irritating. It is again a monoterpene, which means it has a short shelf life. Two years I'd give it and it could become oxidized. If it's oxidized, it can cause skin irritation or sensitization. If you don't know what that means, I'll put a link in the show notes.

Okay, let's look at some practical information. I'm going to give you three quick ideas for using cypress with a recipe. Cypress is marvelous in a leg cream for varicose veins. I use this actually a lot in my massage practice. The recipe calls for a 3% blend, which is 15 drops or so to 1oz of carrier. My favorite carrier to use with varicose veins is a nice, rich cream because cream absorbs very quickly, and I love using lemon and geranium with cypress. So here is the recipe for varicose veins, which, by the way, you'll find all the recipes in today's show notes. Aromatic Wisdompodcast.com 62. Okay. Varicose vein leg cream. I know you can get varicose veins everywhere, but I actually created this blend for legs. It is a 3% blend. Eight drops of cypress essential oil, four drops of geranium essential oil, and three drops of lemon essential oil. You want to add that into 1oz of unscented lotion or cream. So what's the difference between lotion and cream? My personal definition I think of lotion as being lighter, more watery, and cream as being heavier, thicker, and richer. You can use either. Lotion sometimes is runny, and it just depends. Use a product that you like that is unscented and preferably, is made with organic ingredients. I'll share the ones I really like in the show notes. You can apply this cream to the legs two to three times a day to help with inflammation and pain. Always go in an upward motion, meaning from sort of the heel up to the thigh, using just a very gentle, slow, upward motion. Cypress. Recipe number two is an arthritis relief blend. Since you're already using cream, I'm giving you another one where you can use cream. And for this one, I do recommend a heavier cream. Another 3% dilution. Five drops of cypress essential oil. Five drops of juniper berry essential oil. Five drops of wintergreen essential oil. Very good for pain because of the methyl solicit. Two drops of ginger and two drops of black pepper. Both of those essential oils are very warming. Both cypress and juniper berry are really good for moving fluid and things out so great for movement. That's why I included the juniper berry. Okay. And cypress blend number three is a grief blend. In this one, you're going to be adding essential oils to either a diffuser or a spray bottle. Four drops of cypress essential oil. Three drops of bergamot essential oil. If you'd like to add two drops of Neroli, it's optional because it's a very expensive oil. It's also deeply soothing to the soul. Nerolian rose. Actually, you could use two drops of those, but that's optional. If cost is an issue, add to the diffuser or add to a 1oz bottle of water. But make sure that you shake the bottle really well before you spray. There you go. Three blends to help you get started using Cyprus. I will put those in the show notes. All right, we're about to wrap it up here. Before we take a moment to smell my life, I just want to tell you a little bit about the Cypress Deep Dive course that I'm offering a discount on for this episode. It's a class that I did live about a year, a year and a half ago, I think. And so it looks like I'm talking to people because I am. It was a live Zoom call, and then it was like a two-hour call, and I chopped it up into lessons, which is one way that I really enjoy creating content, is to have a live class and put it online, but chop it up into lessons so that it's more consumable for you guys. It's not one big, gigantic, overwhelming recording.

Here's a list of what you'll get when you enroll in the Cypress Deep Dive.

You will get a pre-class worksheet that you can print out. Bring it to lesson one to help you stay focused on the material and take notes throughout the class.

I cover the production methods of Cyprus, as well as the parts of the plant from which cypress essential oil is extracted.  I cover the Cypress cones and how they are grown, harvested, and why you should know about the cones versus the twigs and leaves.

I talk about the chemistry of the essential oil of Cypress and also one particular component that's very important.

I give attachments of articles and things that you can read about Cypress chemistry.

I cover the therapeutic properties and benefits

I cover the energetic properties and benefits.

I talk about the best methods of using cypress essential oil.

I give a couple of recipes

I give you a printable data sheet with details about the cypress plant and extractions.

Again, you can get 20% off the course with this code. AWP 62.

Now it's a good time to Smell My Life!*children cheer*

I recently purchased a bottle of spearmint hydrosol made from the plant Menta spicata. I bought the spearmint for one purpose, and I've been loving it.

I have three cats. They're mostly indoor cats, but sometimes I let them go outside. One of my cats loves to dig in the dirt and roll around in the mulch and play in the garden. And he comes in and he's filthy. So we've gotten to the habit of when he walks in the door, scooping him up, taking him into the bathroom, and brushing him to get the mulch and dirt off of him. What I've started doing is spraying him first with the spearmint hydrosol, which he doesn't mind. Now, let me be clear. I'm not spraying. I'm misting. Spray any animal and they're going to run. Spray anybody and they're going to run. I just have one of those little misting bottles, which you can get anywhere online. You can probably find them at the dollar store. So a small sort of 1 oz misting bottle.

I mist around his fur till it's kind of damp so it's laying on top and he's always looking around like, what the heck are you doing, mom? Then I take actually, I take a flea comb. Not because he has fleas, but because the teeth are very close together and really get a lot of the dirt. And I comb him and comb him and comb him and comb him to within an inch of his life till I'm not getting any more dirt. And by this time, he's pretty much ready to leave and hops down. So that is how I've been using spearmint hydrosol to keep my cat clean and really keeps him smelling quite nice.

And that, my dear friends, is a wrap for the Aromatic Wisdom podcast, episode number 62 on Cypress Essential Oil.

Remember, if you go to the show notes, you can find all the links to all the things I talked about. You can find the discount code for the Cypress Deep Dive course.

And while you're there, you can also leave a review if you would like to share some love.

And last, but by no means least, I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of you so much for the awesome way in which you are supporting the Aromatic Wisdom podcast. Whether you buy me a coffee, join my Patreon, leave a positive review or just listen to the episodes, they all warm my heart and I say thank you, thank you thank you! I am so grateful to each and every one of you.

Until next time.

Be happy, Be well.

Liz