This clear and fresh smelling essential oil is a great boon to use during times of major upheavals and changes in your life, as it restores calm, soothes anger and making your life flow better. Cypress oil is used as a massage oil or diluted in the bath for
arthritis, asthma, cellulite, cramps, diarrhea, sweaty feet, rheumatism,
varicose veins, heavy menstruation and menopause. It is also used for oily and congested skin.
Skin Concern / Treatment
Congested blocked pores
Cypress oil has a woody, slightly spicy and refreshing masculine smell. The oil is colorless to very pale yellow in color and watery in viscosity.
Origin of cypress oil
The tree is a perennial tree, conical-shaped, about 28 meters (80 feet) high and originated from the East, now mostly found in gardens and cemeteries in the Mediterranean region.It is an evergreen tree with dark green foliage, small flowers and round brown-gray cones with seed nuts inside. The wood is hard and durable, red-yellow in color.The Phoenicians and Cretans used the wood for building ships and houses, while the Egyptians made sarcophagi from it and the Greeks used it to carve statues of their gods. The Greek word 'Sempervirens', from which the botanical name is derived, means 'lives forever' and the tree also gave its name to the island of Cypress, where it used to be worshiped. The legend says the cross of Jesus had been made of cypress wood and the tree generally seems to be associated with death.
Extraction cypress oil
Cypress oil is extracted from the needles and twigs of young branches by steam distillation and yields 1.3 - 1.5 %.
The main components of cypress oil are a-pinene, camphene, sabinene, b-pinene, d-3carene, myrcene, a-terpinene, terpinolene, linalool, bornyl acetate, cedrol and cadinene.
The oil is considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing but it is best to avoid it during pregnancy. It is also best to do a skin patch test before using it in a massage blend.
Cypress oil blends well with
Although most essential oils blend well together, cypress oil blends particularly well with bergamot, clary sage, lavender, juniper, pine, marjoram, sandalwood, Rosemary, Frankincense and all the citrus oils.
Zakia's Morocco uses Cypress Essential Oil in:
Argan Hydrating Facial Oil