Cypress is one of my favorite oils, but I think I say that about all the oils. Regardless, Cypress is always my safe bet blending oil and one that I can use with most clients, it has a tendency to cut the energy in healings and helps to facilitate the process.
BOTANICAL NAME Cupressus sempervirens
COMMON METHOD OF EXTRACTION Steam distilled
PARTS USED Needles and twigs
NOTE CLASSIFICATION Middle
AROMA Fresh, green, evergreen aroma, balsamic undertones
LARGEST PRODUCING COUNTRIES Spain, France and Morocco
TRADITIONAL USE Has been used for thousands of years as a cleansing incense for several Nepalese and Tibetan cultures. Cypress trees were planted outside of temples and burial grounds by the Greeks and Romans.
PROPERTIES Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative, tonic
BLENDS WELL WITH black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, ginger, lavender, pine, ylang ylang. I've always used this oil as a middle note in perfume blends, it seems to be a wonderful oil that rounds out and makes a blend a blend.
Cypress is associated with death and afterlife, cypress trees were often planted in graveyards and the wood was used to make coffins. Several cultures enjoy munching on the pine nuts and include them in their everyday diet.