This species of cypress is native to the eastern Mediterranean, trees can be found growing in countries including Italy, France, Portugal and Spain. It’s a popular oil used by massage therapists to soothe and strengthen the body and was actually used as incense by ancient civilisations.
This essential oil has a woody, fresh and herbaceous aroma. It blends well with oils such as sandalwood, cedarwood, bergamot, lavender, orange, lemon and clary sage.
Topical application of cypress oil increases circulation which can help in treating varicose veins, muscular cramps, cellulite and rheumatism. As an astringent, it’s effective at controlling oily and overhydrated skin and can also be used as a natural deodorant. It may assist in treating haemorrhoids because of its soothing, antimicrobial and astringent properties. Try using this oil to decrease nervous tension and ease stress levels.
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