Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Description: Cypress is a perennial, conical-shaped tree that is about 28 meters (80 feet) high. It is an evergreen with dark green foliage, small flowers and round brown-grey cones with seed nuts inside. The wood is hard and durable, and red-yellow in color.
Common Uses: Gives energy, improving circulation throughout the lungs and body, strengthing blood capillary walls, edema, cellulits, varicose veins, water retention (may decrease any excessive flow of fluids whether a runny nose, diarrhea, excessive menstrual flow or perspiration). Stops bleeding from bledding gums or cuts, purifies blood, immune stimulant, tightn tissue, cramps, insomnia, rheumatism, arthritis, menopausal problems (can act as female hormone stimulant), lymphatic decongestant, astringent, prostate decongestant, anti-mucus and whooping cough. Benefits pancreas insufficiency, gut infections and sluggish intestines, pleurisy, pulmonary tuberculosis, pyorrhea, deodorizer, asthma, bronchitis, nervous tension, hemorrhoids (internal and external), lack of concentration. stress, general healing, comfort and strength in times of death or divorce, uplifting, fortifying, sexual preoccupation, uncontrolled crying and talking, squandering energy, removes psychic blocks (and purifies, cleans psychically, physically) use with lemon for young children deprived of parental affection, protection. Assists with transition or changing course in life.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Fennel, Lavender (All), Tea Tree, Myrtle, Geranium, Cedarwood, Pine, Orange, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Juniper, Rose, Jasmine, and Cardamom.
Aromatic Scent: Cypress has a spicy, herbaceous, slightly woody evergreen aroma. It is fresh and clean.
History: The Phoenicians and Cretans used Cypress wood for building ships and homes. The Egyptians used the wood for making sarcophagi (coffins), and the Greeks used it for sculpturing statues of their gods. The Greek word ‘Sempervirens’ means ‘lives forever’ or ‘ever-living’. The tree gave its name to the island of Cypress where it used to be worshiped. The legend says the cross of Jesus had been made of cypress wood and it generally seems to be connected with death.
Cautions: None known. This oil is regarded as being very gentle and suitable for all skin types.