Introduction to Cypress Oil
Health Benefits of Cypress Oil
Antiseptic and Anti-microbial AgentCypress oil is a natural anti-microbial agent and can be used against infectious diseases. It is also effective for internal as well as external wounds owing to its antiseptic qualities. It possesses pronounced anti-microbial activity against Gram-positive than Gram-negative bacteria. The major constituents such as α- pinene and cedrol are mainly responsible for its anti-microbial action, whereas the presence of camphene imparts anti-septic qualities.
According to a study, cypress oil is also used as a natural source for the maintenance or extension of the shelf life of products. It is also used to treat sores, pimples, pustules, skin eruptions, bruises and erysipelas.
Rich in AntioxidantsStudy reports that branchlets and fruits of C. sempervirens possess antioxidant and specifically, anti-glycation properties. These activities are advantageous in the prevention and treatment of diabetic and cardiovascular complications. A higher antioxidant activity is due to the presence of phenolic compounds like carvacrol, a monoterpenoid phenol.
Acts as a DetoxifierCypress oil aids in toxin removal and acts a natural detoxifier of the body. As a diuretic, it helps the body remove excess water and salt that is likely to cause fluid retention. It also increases sweating, thus, aids in the elimination of toxins from the body. It detoxifies the blood, cleans skin pores and helps prevent acne and other skin problems. A study of 2007 reveals that Cupressus sempervirens L. shows excellent hepato-protective effect due to the presence of quercetin, rutin, caffeic acid, and p-coumaric acid. These compounds detoxify the liver by eliminating the toxins.
Alleviates Respiratory ProblemsStudies state that cypress essential oil obtained from the leaves and cones is used to treat respiratory problems. It is an effective option to treat colds, whooping cough, sore throat, influenza and bronchitis. It imparts expectorant and decongestant properties and thus, it helps in the removal of phlegm and relieves symptoms.
Anti-rheumatic and Anti-inflammatoryRheumatoid arthritis is a common autoimmune disorder and generally treated with Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control pain and inflammation and also corticosteroids that control the body’s immune response. But these agents are also likely to cause a number of side effects, which can be avoided with the use of cypress oil. Cypress essential oil is an excellent therapy for joint pain and arthritis. Cypress oil contains myrcene (3.11–3.48%), a chemical constituent which imparts strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic and a mild sedative effect. β-myrcene shows significant anti-inflammatory effects via inhibition of cyclooxygenase pathways and analgesic effect can be attributed to reduced peripheral nociception by the inhibition of prostaglandin release.
The anti-inflammatory action of cypress oil is also useful in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a painful condition of the wrist caused by compression of the carpal nerve leading to numbness, tingling and other symptoms in the hand and arm.