Cypress oil is derived from a plant species that is native to theMediterranean region. The taxonomic name of the plant is Cupressus Sempervirens. It is a perennial shrub, which grows to about 28 meters in height and is characterized by a conical shape and dark leaves. The oil is extracted from the twigs and stems of the tree, through a process known as steam distillation. Cypress oil merits a wide array of health benefits, and has been used since time immemorial to treat numerous diseases and health disorders. Let us expound on some of these benefits.
Health Benefits of Cypress Oil
Cypress oil contains diuretic properties, which stimulate the excretory system and in turn eliminates the accumulated toxins from the body. If not removed, these toxins can lead to the onset of life threatening diseases and disorders, which turn fatal with time. Cypress oil facilitates the healthy flow of urination and ensures that all the built up toxins in the body are flushed out of the system before they create internal complications.
Cypress oil has been found to be very beneficial in regulating and promoting the efficiency of the body’s circulatory system. The oil possesses haemostatic and styptic properties, which enable the optimal distribution of nutrients throughout the body. The haemostatic properties contained in the oil are a natural coagulant that speeds up the clotting of blood. The styptic properties prevent the contraction of blood vessels for normalized blood circulation.
Cypress oil has regenerative properties and has been found to be verytherapeutic for the skin. It is very effective in healing scars and ugly marks (see also tamanu oil )caused by acne on the face. Its unique astringent properties help reduce excessive oiliness in the skin. Skin infections such as chronic acne, which arise due to the over secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands can thus be controlled using Cypress oil.
Cypress oil is a natural analgesic and is very effective in relieving pain. The oil is successfully used to alleviate chronic pain caused by rheumatism or osteoarthritis. Its analgesic properties are enhanced when it is blended with helichrysum.
Cypress oil has been found to promote weight loss in women by reducing the accumulation of cellulite in the body. Being a natural diuretic, the oil stimulates and increases the frequency of urination and in turn flushes out the excess fats from the body through the urine.
Cypress oil is a natural detoxifier. It eliminates the build up of harmful toxins in the body through excretion and perspiration. Although excess perspiration is harmful for the body, breaking into a healthy sweat through exercise has always been encouraged by physicians and health experts for the maintenance of good health. Cypress oil stimulates the sweat glands, thereby flushing out the toxins in the body through the pores of our skin.
The gamut of health benefits derived from Cypress oil had been known since medieval times when the Greeks and Assyrians exploited its curative properties to treat a variety of malaises. Today, researchers continue to unravel its therapeutic uses and have made groundbreaking discoveries pertaining to the emotional and psychological health benefits obtained from the usage of this miraculous oil.
This Article is written by Vipin Ramakrishnan
Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of essential oil of Cupressus atlantica.Arjouni MY, Bahri F, Romane A, El Fels MA.SourceLaboratoire de Chimie Organique Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences Semlalia, BP2390, Universitá Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco.