Cypress Essential Oil is extracted from the needles and branches of the Cypress tree, usually the Mediterranean cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).
Cypress Essential Oil is widely used in the traditional medicine of the people who live in regions where Cypress trees are found. Cypress Essential Oil is occasionally used for the Naturopathic treatment of acne. As an acne treatment, Cypress Essential Oil is generally added to topically-applied formulations.
There is little clinical research about Cypress Essential Oil as a treatment for acne. However, many Naturopathic practitioners and their patients report that Cypress Essential Oil helped control their acne symptoms. Cypress Essential Oil is purported to have antimicrobial properties, to improve circulation, to improve digestion and to reduce inflammation. Cypress Essential Oil is included in many Naturopathic skin care products that are intended to brighten the skin and improve overall complexion.
Laboratory testing indicates that Cypress Essential Oil has some antibacterial properties, but less than many other essential oils. Cypress Essential Oil does not appear to be particularly toxic to gram-positive bacteria, a group which includes the acne-causing P. acnes bacterium. Cypress Essential Oil contains significant concentrations of alpha-Pinene, carene, alpha-terpinolene and limonene.
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Chemical composition of Algerian cypress essential oil. Chanegriha, et al. 1993.
GC and GC/MS leaf oil analysis of four Algerian cypress species. Chanegriha, et al. 1997.
Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of essential oils of Cupressus arizonica Greene. Chraif, et al. 2007.
Chemical composition, antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity of the essential oil and methanol extract of the Mediterranean cypress (Cupressus sempervirens L.). Selim, et al. 2014.
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