Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

Cypress Oil is the essential oil of all oils

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words by: Natasha Marsh
Sep 21, 2021

I’m sure we’ve all read (or scrolled) through our fair share of essential oils. There are plenty of essential oils out there that all claim to have amazing healing, anti-stress and soothing properties, like tea trees and peppermint. But cypress oil is most likely one you haven’t heard of yet, even though it works wonders for oily and acne-prone skin.


Allow us to introduce you to this timely and important essential oil with the below facts and benefits.


What is cypress oil?

Great for people with oily skin, cypress oil is a highly concentrated essential oil that is made from distilling stems, branches, and the leaves of a cypress tree. Found mainly in the Mediterranean, cypress trees are used for extraction. Being that it is an essential oil and highly potent, like all other essential oils, never apply it directly on your skin.


What are the benefits of cypress oil?

There are three main benefits: antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral.


Antimicrobial: basically, it helps the spread of bacteria, fungi, viruses and all other pollutants — making it a great solution for acne.

Antibacterial: cypress oil helps kill the bacteria within pores and hair follicles.

Antiviral: translation, it works against viruses, specifically ones that cause cold sores or warts.


With increased circulation, cypress oil will help reduce muscle pain and cramping while increasing circulation.


Side effects of cypress oil?

Because cypress oil has a tendency of being drier than the more common essential oils, experts recommend staying clear of alcohol-based products. If you aren’t sure how you will react, we recommend doing a patch test to make sure it goes well with your skin before you actually use it. Apply a small diluted amount to your inner forearm and watch it for 24 hours.


How to apply cypress oil

Fortunately, cypress oil can be used daily but must be diluted. For acne-prone skin, mix the oil with your favorite skincare products for an amazing spot treatment. Mixing it with a moisturize can also be great as it will hydrate, soothe and work overtime to diminish acne — while counterbalancing the drying side effects of cypress oil. And if you use products with active ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, that will also help draw back moisture into your skin that the oil potentially might have taken away.


Just remember, essential oils don’t blend well with water-based products so stick to lightweight serums or lotions. The result: acne and oil-free skin with no bacteria.


If you’re using it as a muscle-soother, try to make a DIY massage oil with jojoba or avocado oil. Apply just a drop or two, remember a little bit goes a long way here.


In related news, read about why your hair and skin needs argan oil and how to use essential oils as cologne.