A Series on Various Essential Oils for Animals
This is one of a series of articles that will teach you about individual essential oils and how they can be used for your animals. These oils are all ones I use regularly in my practice with animals.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Physical and energetic description: The evergreen cypress tree is picturesque and graceful with a tall, slender conical shape and dark green needles. Native to the eastern Mediterranean it grows wild throughout southern Europe and North Africa. Traditionally it has been associated with cleansing and transformation (death and renewal) by various cultures, used as an incense by the Tibetans, dedicated to Pluto by the Greeks and planted in graveyards as a symbol of continuity. The oil helps us to deal with all change of an inner or outer nature by strengthening the ‘Metal' (Lung's) function of letting in and letting go, and to unearth the fears that block change.
Physical applications: asthma, bronchitis, spasmodic coughing, hormone problems especially irregular cycles or if associated with back ache, excessive perspiration, muscular cramp, oedema, sluggish circulation, insect repellent
Emotional applications: For new homes; any loss through death that has de-stabilized emotions; animals that have shut down due to moving too much or become timid and easily overwhelmed
Safety: Generally held to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.