Common Name: Cypress
Scientific Name: Cupressus sempervirens
Origin: Native to the Mediterranean
Synonyms: Italian cypress, Mediterranean cypress
Essential Oil Properties and Characteristics
The essential oil of cypress is a pale-yellow to almost colourless, mobile liquid with a sweet balsamic, yet refreshing odour, reminiscent of pine needles and juniper berry oil with a unique dry-out of a delicate and tenacious sweetness.
Origin and History
The tree originates in the eastern Mediterranean countries and can be found along the coast of southern France, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Siciliy,North Africa, Spain, Portugal and the Balkan countries. Most of the cypress oil is distilled in Southern France.
Cypress was well known to the ancient Egyptians. The ancient Greeks dedicated the tree to Pluto, god of the underworld - thus the use of the trees in cemeteries.
Method of Extraction
The essential oil of cypress is steam distilled from the leaves (needles) and twigs of C. sempervirens which are obtained by pruning the trees in autumn.
Precautions During Use (Contraindications)
Cypress is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising. It is not now recommended for use during pregnancy.
Cypress essential oil is wonderful essential oil for overheated skin and maintaining a healthy circulation.
The astringent and toning properties of Cypress essential oil support areas under constant pressure such as the legs. It is useful for visible veins and cellulite and in optimising a healthy immune system. Cypress essential oil is excellent women’s oil, especially during menstruation and the menopause.
Cypress essential oil blends well with Cedarwood, Lavender, Clary Sage, Lemon, Bergamot, Marjoram and Orange.