Cypress essential oil is steam distilled from the branches of the Cypress tree.
The Phoenicians and Cretans used cypress for building ships and bows, while the Egyptians made sarcophogi from the wood. The Greeks used cypress to carve statues of their gods. The Greek word “sempervirens,” from the which the botanical name is derived, means “live forever.”
Cypress is noted for its durability as it was used most famously for the original doors of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican that legends say lasted over 1,000 years.
An essential oil, when inhaled, can reach the emotional center of the brain within seconds. This is one of the incredible benefits of aromatherapy. The fragrant influences of Cypress are grounding, calming and soothing. It may help to ease the feeling of loss and create a sense of security and possibly help soothe feelings of anger to help life flow a little better.
Cypress essential oil can be applied topically for a relaxing massage or diffused and inhaled to create a calming environment.
How can you incorporate Cypress into your everyday life?
• Add it to your homemade lotions and creams. We love pairing it with Aroma Siez, PanAway, and Frankincense.
• Use it after working out. Apply Cypress topically on your muscles, especially along your calves and shins.
• Make a DIY coffee scrub and add a few drops of Cypress.
• Diffuse Cypress after a long day to encourage a sense of grounding.”
Companion Essential Oils
Cypress is in the conifer family and pairs well with bergamot, clary sage, juniper, lavender, lemon, orange, and sandalwood.