The Cypress symbolised “everlastingness” to ancient Greeks and Romans. The trees are often found in churchyards and cemeteries in Europe.
Effect on mind: Soothing, strengthening and comforting. Promotes feelings of refreshment and restoration.
Effect on body: Useful in excessive bleeding and sweating. Maybe beneficial for cellulitis. Its vaso-constricting effect on veins is helpful for varicose and haemorrhoids. A tonic to the circulatory system: its effect on liver helps to maintain regular composition of the blood. Eases pre menstral tension. Valuable for menopausal systoms such as hot flushes. Useful for respiratory problems with spasms, such as whooping cough and asthma.
Effect on skin: Controls excessive loss of water and can be helpful to mature skin. Sweaty/oily skin may benefit. Seems to help wounds heal.
Blends well with: Bergamot, clary sage, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary and sandalwood.
CAUTION: Regulates the menstrual cycle, so much be avoided during pregnancy, particularly the early months.
|Common name||Cypress Essential Oil|
|Botanical name||Cupressus sempervirens|
|Appearance||Pale yellow, clear|
|Odour||Woody, spicy and medicinal aroma|
|Plant parts used||Cones, needles and twigs|
|Extraction method||Steam distillation|
|Region of origin||Europe|