The weather here in Colorado is still mighty cold, but the fragrant evergreen cypress can cheer this winter-weary heart. It also helps to fight fat and cellulite in preparation for the warm, skin-baring days ahead that fill my dreams.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is an ancient tree dating back five million years. Perhaps this is why it is known for helping with a wide variety of ailments including varicose veins, hemorrhoids, rheumatism, excess perspiration, oily skin, menorrhagia, tiredness, coughs, lack of concentration, little patience, and low confidence.
One of the primary effects of cypress it that it narrows dilated blood vessels explaining its use for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It is also antispasmodic helping with an asthmatic cough. Cypress is also considered grounding, thus allowing one to accept change and feel secure with oneself.
Another benefit of cypress is that it is a diuretic and circulatory tonic making it help combat fatty cellulite. A study showed the effects of massage on the abdominal fat and body image of post-menopausal women. One subject group was massaged with a blend containing cypress and grapefruit oils while another group used an unscented carrier oil. After six weeks, the group using essential oils showed a decrease in fat and waist circumference and an improved body image.
To make a circulatory tonic, blend equal parts cypress, rosemary, and lemon in a dilution for massage on the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Or use our Detox & Tone Bath & Body Oil which also eases fluid retention.
Sweaty, Stinky Feet No More
2 drops Cypress essential oil
2 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil
1 teaspoon carrier oil
Place ingredients in a bottle and shake well. Add to a foot bath, swirling to mix the oil in the water.