100% pure Cypress essential oil, Certified Organically grown and steam distilled in France. A beautifully crisp and softly woody aromatic, Cypress is a tonifying and gentle 'must-have' for your therapeutic supply kit. Our Cypress Essential Oil is available from sample size up to 1kg or more.
ABOUT THE PLANT
A tall evergreen tree with slender branches and a statuesque conical shape, the Cypress grows to a height of 25-45 meters (75-147 feet), bearing small flowers and round brownish-grey cones or nuts. Native to Southern Europe, this Italian varietal (Cupressus sempervirens) has spread to North Africa and North America and is now cultivated in France, Spain, and Morocco.
ABOUT THE OIL
This essential oil is steam-distilled from the dark green needles and twigs of Cypress trees grown in France.
This Cypress oil has a distinct musty and citrus-like top note with a crisp, pine-like middle note and sweet balsamic undertones. It blends well with Cedarwood, Pine, Juniper, Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Benzoin, Cardamom, and Sandalwood.
The Cypress tree originated around the Mediterranean and can be found in lore and ancient therapeutic applications throughout the region. It is thought of as a symbol of life after death and has been called “the tree of life and death”. According to legend, the cross on which Jesus was crucified was made of Cypress and to the ancient Greeks, Cypress was a symbol of Pluto, the god of the underworld. Cypress wood was used to construct sarcophagi of important figures in Egyptian ritual.1 In addition to its symbolic importance, Cypress was also known for its medicinal properties in ancient times. Hippocrates prescribed it for severe hemorrhoids and Dioscorides recommended the maceration of Cypress leaves with wine and myrrh for bladder infections and internal bleeding.2
Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
From The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide1:
A comforting fragrance recommended during times of transition or mourning
Used for treatment of varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and oedema
Represents internal wisdom and steadfastness – “The cypress tree, standing dark and silent, is like a finger pointing to heaven! It does not indulge in needless movements, like other trees that stretch out limbs, allowing them to sway in the wind.”
Mailehebiau: “The splendor of the cypress…represents the sacred flame of life, the unchangeable, eternal essence”
Application and Use
Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, Cypress oil is safe when used in proper dosages. Consultation with a physician is recommended if regular internal ingestion is intended.
1 Stiles, K. G. The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy. Page Street Publishing, 2017.
2 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.