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.
PROPERTIESAntibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative, tonic
BLENDS WELL WITHBenzoin, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, ginger, lavender, pine, ylang ylang.
OF INTERESTAssociated 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.