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Cupressus sempervirens

Plant Origin: Crete
Method: Steam distilled from branches
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Monoterpene
Aroma: Fresh, herbaceous, slightly woody, evergreen
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle-Base
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# CYP-101
a-pinene 52.78%
3-carene 12.38%
terpinen-4-ol 4.98%
a-terpinyl acetate 6.05%
limonene 3.19%
alpha-copaene 3.10%
terpinolene 1.57%

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) should not be confused with Australian Blue Cypress (Callitris intratropica). Cypress is high in monoterpenes, whereas Australian Blue Cypress is high in sesquiterpenes.
Children? Suitable
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable
Therapeutic Uses
Cypress essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following: 
Anxiety, stress, nervous tension 
Blood Capillaries 
Circulatory system 
Cramps, muscular 
Fatigue (boost energy) 
Insect deterrent 
Ligaments, connective tissue 
Menstrual cramps  
Nose Bleed 
Oral, gums 
Ovarian cyst 
Parasites, intestinal 
Respiratory (infection, inflammation, coughs, spasms) 
Skin care, scars 
Stress, anxiety, nervous tension 
Varicose veins 

Battaglia writes: Cypress is renowned as an excellent venous decongestant and is used for the treatment of varicose veins, oedema and haemorrhoids. Holmes describes the therapeutic properties of cypress: "Cypress is the only essential oil which is a true venous blood decongestant as well as an astringent . . . it gives a lift to the side of the circulation liable to congestive stasis, relieving resultant menstrual imbalances with heavy periods and intermenstrual bleeding. Part of cypress' blood activating action is a restorative effect on the veins themselves, useful with ailments ranging from heamorrhoids to phlebitis."

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)

Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil. Tested at 5% dilution on 25 volunteers, Cypress was neither irritating or sensitizing (Tisserand).

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal inhaler

Internal: Cypress is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
Click here for more information about internal usage.

Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1 drop in water may calm a nervous cough.

The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease.
Information shared on the HEO website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice given by your trusted health care provider.
We believe that essential oils are provided by the Lord to support our health and well-being.
The Lord is our wisdom, protector and healer.
(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12) 
1. My 7-year-old son has always wet the bed. I started rubbing Cypress on his belly before bedtime, and after 1 week of doing that the bed wetting stopped. We've enjoyed using the oils for different things. - C.M.

2. We have seen great success with by rubbing Cypress oil over the bladder area at night for our son who is a chronic bedwetter! I chose the Cypress because I had come across a few testimonies that it had worked for other children. Thought we might as well give it a try, and sure enough, it does work!!!

3. I tried Cypress on my 7-year-old son who was still wetting the bed, 6 days later he stopped! Praise the Lord. Thank you :) - Daniel J.

4. I read where a woman had a concussion with headaches and hallucinations. By applying Cypress over her brain stem, her headaches left for good. 

5. My son has resisted using the oils for his chronic nosebleeds, though I got Cypress with him in mind. He just came to me with a nosebleed. I got the bottle of Cypress and rubbed some on his nose. He asked how long it would take to work. Before I could answer him, he said, "This is insane. My nose isn't bleeding!" It literally took less than 30 seconds to work. He gets nosebleeds frequently, and I assure you that they don't stop that suddenly, nor that soon after they start (his nosebleed had just started when he came to me.) I continue to be amazed by essential oils. And I am very grateful that you provide affordable ones. I would only have been able to purchase two or three oils from certain other companies for the price I paid for 11 of yours, yet yours are clearly of excellent quality. I absolutely would not have been able to discovered the power of essential oils without your company. Thank you! - Heather

6. I thought this was a great EO story to share: I work with a non-profit organization in Haiti and we have two orphanages. This story came from a small team that worked at the orphanage all last week. "A previous team identified a need for the twelve (12) Thomazeau orphans. All of the kids were wetting their beds overnight causing the staff to wash their sheets and clothes every morning. As you know, there are no washers ? dryers at Thomazeau, so the Haitian staff was doing this by hand and hanging them out to dry. This was a monumental task each day, not to mention that the mattresses were ruined. The previous team purchased new mattresses and ordered new plastic covers from the States for our team to bring in. Upon our arrival, our team helped remove the old mattresses and installed new ones with plastic covers the first day we were there. Two women on our team also gave the Haitian staff some "Cypress Oil" to rub on the kid’s stomachs to help. The next morning, only one (1) child had wet the bed and the results have been similar ever since. What a huge relief for the Haitian staff! Praise God!" - Sandy

7. I bought Cypress specifically for potty training and it helped my 2 (now 3) yr old greatly!! He hasn't gone in his bed in a long time, but when we thought he was good, then he'd go in his bed, the next few nights I'd put it on him and he would last a long time. Now he really never goes in bed... I love that my friends told me about essential oils! They've changed our lives!! - Shae

8. We have used Cypress oil, and so far it has been the most beneficial. My son is a heavy sleeper and goes hard during the day, so, if he gets overly tired, he may still wet the bed. I've heard that calming them a while before bed with a bath and then limiting anything too stimulating on the brain, such as TV, Internet, etc. is helpful. We now do this in addition to Cypress oil with good results. -Valerie

9. My boys wet the bed and after one chiropractic adjustment for one of them, never wet the bed again. Sometimes it takes repeated adjustments but we have seen excellent results. Also, Cypress essential oil works well if rubbed over the bladder every night before bed. You can also firmly massage arms and legs throughout the day and I have heard that helps something register things in the brain better and aids in knowing when they need to go at night. - Rachel

10. One of my sons was allergic to wheat. No wheat = no bed wetting. Cypress oil did help if we knew he had had some. - Kelly

11. After reading the testimonials, my husband and I decided to try rubbing Cypress oil on our bellies (bladder area) to see if that helped us get through the night without waking up to go to the bathroom. It worked like a charm for both of us! We each rub 1-2 drops of oil on the bladder area right before bed, and now we can both go all night without having to "go." We are also both getting such better rest because of it! I can't remember the last time either of us slept through the night before using Cypress! - Michelle

12. Our 10-year-old son was of cured bedwetting using Cypress. It took a couple of weeks, but he is now dry every night! - Sandi

13. Having read the testimonies concerning Cypress and bed wetting, I wondered if Cypress would help me with sudden bladder urges. I am pleased to say that it has been of great benefit!. I diluted Cypress in a roll-on, and I applied it upon getting up and going to bed. It has almost completely taken care of those sudden urges. I now apply it less frequently, and it is still helping. - Iris

14. I gave some Cypress to a friend whose 10-year-old daughter was still wetting the bed. She rubbed it on her abdomen and she never wet the bed again. - Barbara

15. I have a very small bladder and frequent bathroom stops have been part of my life since childhood. I am using Cypress oil over my bladder and can sleep all night. This is nothing short of a miracle! - Merri

16. Cypress oil cured my daughter with bed wetting and it also helps me tremendously with cramps from my endometriosis! Love it! - Jessica R.

17. One of my children had this issue and the only thing that finally resolved it, after trying the neurodevelopmenal suggestions, was Cypress essential oil from Hopewell Essential Oils. The child rubbed it just below navel everynight, and in about 2 weeks it resolved. - Caroline

Hopewell Essential Oil blends with Cypress
Hemorrhoid Care
Lymphatic Cleanse
Muscle Relax
Pain Arrest
Pain Patrol
Regeneration for Bones and Joints
Respiratory Relief

Cypress has been reported to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.

Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 191-193.
Schnaubelt, Ph.D, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, page 133.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 265.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, 583-584.