Cypress Essential Oil
Latin name Cupressus sempervirens – Family Conifera (Cupressaceae)
Cypress is also referred to as Italian Cypress or Mediterranean Cypress.
“…as a diluted essential oil, cypress astringes varicose veins and hemorrhoids, tightening up the blood vessels.” –The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevallier
“It [Cypress essential oil] has a refreshing sweet, woody-spicy odor with a hint of lemon camphor which therapists value for its direct, reassuring effect on conditions of stress, over-tiredness, or weepy irritability. It is included in aftershaves, perfumes, soaps, and creams for oily, mature skins. Cypress oil can be inhaled from a tissue to calm coughs or added to a footbath for sweaty feet.” –Crabtree & Evelyn Fragrant Herbal: Enhancing Your Life with Aromatic Herbs and Essential Oils by Lesley Bremness
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Pale yellow or greenish olive
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Warm, sweet, balsamy, refreshing, woody, slightly spicy
Perfume Aroma: Middle / base note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Tree
Parts Used – Leaves, needles, twigs (and sometimes cones)
Countries of Origin – Mediterranean, France, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, North Africa, Britain, Portugal, Silicy
Extraction Method – Steam distillation
Known Chemical Constituents
alpha pinene, delta 3 carene, myrcene, cedrol, cedrine, terpinolene, limonene, camphene, sylvestrene, cymene, sabinol
General Applications and Uses
Cypress oil can be found in aromatherapy, insect repellent, perfumery, pharmaceutical, and skin care products.
Cypress blends well with
Precautions / Contraindications
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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