Cypress essential oil from DoTerra

Perfect for the cold winter months, cypress has been well known for its therapeutic benefits throughout history, going as far back as the time of the Ancient Greeks. The physician Hippocrates, regarded as the ‘father of medicine’, is said to have used cypress oil in his bath to support healthy circulation, and Greek physicians would encourage anyone with lung problems to visit the Crete islands, which were packed full of cypress trees. The oil was also used in traditional remedies in multiple parts of the world to treat pain and inflammation, skin conditions, headaches, colds and coughs, and its oil remains a popular ingredient in many natural formulations addressing similar ailments. It could be the perfect oil to use, says our essential oils expert Rebecca Marr, if you’re one of the 80% of people who’ve not stuck to their New Year resolutions by the end of January!

Most commonly found in the Mediterranean, the cypress plant family is 17 million years old, which makes it one of the oldest, with the trees frequently called ‘ever-alive’ for their ability to live for hundreds of years. Cypress essential oil is derived leaves of the tall evergreen tree, and has a clean aroma with deep, earthy, smoky tones that’s energising and refreshing. You’ll probably recognise the aroma as it is frequently used in spas and by massage therapists because of its many benefits to the skin. It has a grounding, yet stimulating effect on the emotions, making it a popular oil for massages, and its fresh, woody aroma promotes relaxation.

Spiritual benefits

Cypress essential oil maintains the spirit by connecting the body and mind with the soul to promote inner wisdom. It helps the mind cope when starting a new chapter in life, as well as calming overstretched emotions.

This is the oil you would go to for moving a stuck or slow-moving healing process forward. It has a strong ability to help a person release stagnant energies, traumas and rigid or perfectionistic tendencies. Watch out because cypress will require you to work hard on your heart and your mind to emerge a more flexible person able to flow with life!  As we learn how to let go we allow things to unfold naturally and we trust the process of life, enjoying it. This is why cypress is powerful in that it will help a person struggling with loss, the need to control, tension and mental stiffness.

Cypress could be the perfect oil to use if you’re one of the 80% of people who’ve not stuck to their New Year resolutions! – Rebecca Marr, our essential oils expert


  • Before a long run apply to feet and legs for an energising boost.
  • Mix cypress and grapefruit essential oil with a carrier oil for an invigorating massage.
  • Add one to two drops to toner to help improve the appearance of oily skin.


Directions for use

Diffusion: Use 3-4 drops in the diffuser of choice. Cypress blends well with citrus oils like lemon, lime and wild orange. Other good combinations are with bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, juniper berry, lavender, marjoram, rosemary and sandalwood for diffusion.
Topical use: For massage mix 5 drops with 10 ml carrier oil. For bath mix 5 drops with 5 ml carrier oil.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.
DoTerra cypress oil is £17.67 for 15ml. To buy click here
About Rebecca Marr
Rebecca offers reiki, crystal healing and crystal healing massage at The Hub’s reiki practitioner, as well as being our crystals and essential oil expert. Click here to book an appointment with her