Cypress Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, and Recipes

If you’re looking for an essential oil that does it all, make sure to add Cypress to your collection. 

Although often overlooked, Cypress Essential Oil benefits are numerous and impressive. Known for its calming properties, this oil can help soothe stress, aid in a good night’s sleep, and even be a fantastic choice for skincare. With so many uses and benefits, it’s no wonder that Cypress Essential Oil is gaining popularity as one of the most well-rounded options on the market.

Cultivating and Harvesting Cypress Essential Oil


Cultivating and harvesting cypress oil is a fascinating process. This unique essential oil is extracted through steam distillation from the leaves and twigs of the Mediterranean cypress tree, also known as Cupressus sempervirens. Cypress trees are known for their resilience and can thrive in nutrient-poor soil, making them an ideal crop for growers. Originally grown in Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean, Asia Minor, and Iran, Cypress trees prefer temperate to warm climates.

Cypress Blue vs. Cypress Organic

benefits of cypress essential oil 1

Simply Earth offers Cypress Organic or Mediterranean Cypress which is yellowish to yellow in color and of a light to medium consistency. Blue Cypress, on the other hand, produces an oil that is dark blue to bluish-green and has a very low viscosity.

Both oils have an incredible range of benefits, but they also have their own distinct aromas. Cypress Organic has a fresh and green top note with a mild to medium-bodied aroma resembling pine that is more masculine, while Cypress Blue has a woody, smoky, and dry middle note with a medium-bodied aroma.

Cypress Essential Oil Benefits

benefits of cypress essential oil 3

Cleanses Skin 

Cypress Essential Oil is an amazing gift from Mother Nature, boasting a range of benefits for the health and appearance of your skin. Research1 shows that it contains powerful antiviral properties which make it a great remedy for viral pathogens associated with skin infections. In addition to that, it can help to soothe dermatological issues such as acne, blocked pores, cellulite, rosacea, and more.

Relaxes Muscles

Cypress Essential Oil is a wonderful addition to any natural remedies collection. Whether you are experiencing muscle tension from exercise or stress, using Cypress Essential Oil can help soothe and calm your muscles. In addition, a study2 found that Cypress Oil has anti-inflammatory activity

Supports Joint Function

Its anti-inflammatory properties, as mentioned above, help to support joint function, making it easier to perform day-to-day tasks with ease. Whether you’re an athlete or someone who enjoys a morning stroll, Cypress Essential Oil can help keep you moving smoothly.


Cypress Essential Oil is also an excellent detoxifier that helps to eliminate unnecessary toxins present in our body. As a diuretic, it eliminates excess fluids through urination, which can boost overall health. What’s more, this study2 has also shown that Cypress Essential Oil has antioxidant properties, which means that it can help protect the body against oxidative stress.

Boosts Immunity

A recent study3 showed that Cypress Essential Oil has potent antiviral activity, which makes it a must-have in your aromatherapy toolkit as a great natural remedy for colds, flus, and seasonal allergies

Promotes Rejuvenation

Did you know that Cypress Essential Oil also promotes skin rejuvenation? That’s right! And, it’s no surprise considering a study4 has shown that the oil has wound healing activity. It’s no wonder Cypress Oil has been used for centuries as an antiseptic in folk medicine.

Uses & Recipes

Personal Care Recipes

Cypress Essential Oil is a natural powerhouse ingredient that brings a host of benefits to your personal care routine. It works wonders for your skin and supports your overall health and wellness. Whether you’re looking to create a nourishing skin balm or a smooth shave butter, there are countless recipe options for incorporating cypress oil into your daily routine.

Roll-On Recipes

Looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate the benefits of Cypress Essential Oil into your daily routine? Look no further than roll-on recipes! Roll-ons are convenient for on-the-go aromatherapy and they also provide soothing relief for discomfort or cold symptoms.

Diffuser Blend Recipes

Cypress Essential Oil has a great aroma that blends well with other oils making it versatile for everyday use. Whether you’re looking to support your emotional health or improve your physical wellness, incorporating Cypress Oil into your routine is a simple and effective way to do so.

Other Aromatherapy Recipes

Cypress Essential Oil is an excellent addition to any aromatherapy routine, providing a refreshing, invigorating scent that can help uplift the mood. There are many ways to use this versatile oil, from making an aromatherapy rice bag to creating a relaxing reed diffuser. Additionally, this oil can be a fun addition to kid-friendly activities such as scented playdough.

Cypress Essential Oil Blends Well With…

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Atlas)

The fresh herbaceous scent of cypress that is reminiscent of pine blends well with Cedarwood (Atlas or Himalayan), Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender (40/42 or Bulgarian), Sweet Orange, Pine, Sandalwood, and Tea Tree Essential Oils.

Simply Earth Blends That Use This Oil

Timber Blend

Aroma: Woody with Notes of Vanilla

Timber Essential Oil Blend has a more masculine aroma that makes it a perfect addition to any men’s DIY personal care products. It’s gentle on the skin while providing numerous benefits.

Veins Blend

Aroma: Sweet and Woody

Along with Cypress, Veins Essential Oil Blend has Juniper Berry and Lemon Essential Oils in it to help increase blood flow to hands and feet that always seem to be cold, while also helping to reduce spider veins that are a normal part of aging.

Veins Essential Oil Roll-On is a prediluted version of this blend for fast and safe topical application.

What’s the Science Behind This Oil?

History of Cypress Essential Oil

The history of Cypress Essential Oil dates back to ancient times, when it was highly prized for its aromatic qualities. It was used as a diuretic, as well as an incense during spiritual ceremonies. Cypress trees were also found to bring a sense of comfort to those who were grieving, leading to the tradition of planting them by headstones in cemeteries.

Chemical Constituents


α-Pinene is an organic compound and is found in the oils of many species of coniferous trees, notably the pine. It is an anti-inflammatory and is likely antimicrobial. It also aids memory by reducing memory deficits, as well as increasing alertness.


3-Carene has a sweet and pungent odor, best described as a combination of fir needles, musky earth, and damp woodlands. It is used in the perfume industry and as a chemical intermediate.


Limonene is a colorless liquid and is the major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels. It is commonly used as a dietary supplement and as a fragrance ingredient in perfumery, aftershave lotions, bath products, and other personal care and cosmetics products. It is also used as a botanical insecticide, organic herbicide, and even added to cleaning products.

Simply Earth & Essential Oils Spain

When it comes to essential oils, you want nothing but the best quality possible. That’s why Simply Earth sources its Cypress Essential Oil straight from Essential Oils Spain, a third-generation business that specializes in distilling and distributing essential oils. But what makes their Cypress Oil special? It’s all in the sourcing. Essential Oil Spain gets their oil from local cuts and trimmings of the tree, allowing the community to be part of the business. Not only is this environmentally sustainable, but it also ensures that only the best parts of the tree are used to make the oil. So go ahead and give Simply Earth’s Cypress Essential Oil a try – your nose (and the environment) will thank you!

What Earthies Are Saying About It

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally not safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 2+.

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Dogs may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA


  1. Orchard A, van Vuuren S. Commercial Essential Oils as Potential Antimicrobials to Treat Skin Diseases. 2017 May 4
  2. Orhan IE, Tumen I. Potential of Cupressus sempervirens (Mediterranean Cypress) in Health. 2014 Dec
  3. Silva JKRD, Figueiredo PLB, Byler KG, Setzer WN. Essential Oils as Antiviral Agents. Potential of Essential Oils to Treat SARS-CoV-2 Infection: An In-Silico Investigation. 2020 May
  4. Tumen I, Süntar I, Keleş H, Küpeli Akkol E. A therapeutic approach for wound healing by using essential oils of cupressus and juniperus species growing in Turkey. 2011 Sep