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 worshipped. Cypress is good for nothing in excess due to its astringent properties. The oil can be used as massage oil, patches, compress, lotion, poultices, shampoo baths and for inhalations.
Origin of Cypress
Large evergreen tree found in the south of France, where most of the essential oil is produced, Italy, Corsica, Spain, Portugal and North Africa.
Properties of Cypress oil
Cypress has pungent, sweet, astringent taste. It acts as astringent, antispasmodic, expectorant, antiseptic, regulates female hormone system, deodorizing and is very effective on skin, nerves, muscle, scalp tissues.
Most common Uses
· It can be used it for cuts, hemorrhoids, and excess bleeding. It is a wonderful essential oil for any circulation problems.
· It has also been used in weight reduction formulas because of its diuretic effect.
· It is a balancer to the female system, often combined with clary sage for hot flashes and used to reduce or inhibit the growth of ovarian cysts.
· Because of its work with acne and oily skin it is often added to skin care formulas.
Cypress is excellent in aftershave and hair care formulas.
Mixes well with: lemon, juniper, birch, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, clary sage, musk, mandarin, Moroccan chamomile and jasmine.
Warning: do not use directly on the skin, always dilute.