The cypress tree is a well known feature of the Mediterranean countryside and, indeed, it has featured in many famous paintings, including those of Claude Monet (184 – 1926). It has been used for thousands of years in medicine, and as incense for religious rituals. The Tibetians still use it as a purifier.
There are many species of cypress and it is possible to find other cypress oils. However, Cupressus sempervirens is considered the “original” and superior cypress oil. Cypress essential oil has a earthy, woody, balsamic aroma with hints of spice. It blends well with other tree essential oils.
Common English Name: Cypress.
Botanical Name: Cupressus sempervirens.
Plant Family: Cupressaceae.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the needles and twigs.
Origin: Indigenous to the Mediterranean region, especially Italy, France, Portugal and Spain. It is also found growing in the United Kingdom, Egypt and Israel, in addition to a few other countries.
Plant Description: A tall, conical, evergreen tree. The foliage is “needle-like” although not the same as a pine tree. It grows in sprays. The cypress tree bears brown cones and also produces flowers.
Main Chemical Components: Pinene (monoterpenes).
Uses: Oily skin, cleansing to the skin, soothing to the skin, soothing to the soul, helps to relax.
Fun Fact: In the Latin language sempervirens means everlasting or evergreen.
Cypress essential oil has a earthy, woody, balsamic aroma with hints of spice. It blends well with other tree essential oils.
Cautions for Use: None noted for general use of the oil.