These notes were originally prepared for two
short CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
"essential oils refresher" sessions which I led for
Professional Aromatherapy Network in South Yorkshire. I would
be glad to lead such sessions for other groups, e.g.
local/regional IFPA or IFA branches.
For list of other essential oil profiles see USES.
To buy cypress oil visit the ONLINE
Origin Mediterranean. Main producers
Spain, France and Morocco.
Extraction Steam distillation of leaves, stems, and
History Suki Isakson (1) says cypress was “associated
with death through the Egyptian use of the wood to make the
sarcophagi for mummies because it was almost immune to rot
(Lavabre 1990, 1997). For the ancient Greeks and Romans this
symbolic “everlastingness” was carried on through the use of the
word “sempervirens,” which means “everliving.” Funereal use of
“the Tree of Death” continued in southern Europe both for making
coffins......and for making funeral garlands or for strewing
sprigs and branches on funeral biers”. Cypress trees were often
planted in graveyards. Used as a cleansing incense in Nepal and
Tibet. Other cypress varieties were used in by Native Americans
ceremonially and for various illnesses.
Contra-indications Tisserand & Balacs (2) give no
Chemistry alpha-pinene 40%-50%, delta-3-carene 15%-20%,
cedrol 3%-7%, alpha-terpinyl acetate 2%-5%.
Blending Suggestions Base to middle note. Not a very
strong odour. Black pepper, black spruce, caraway, cinnamon
leaf, clary sage, clove bud, frankincense, grapefruit, jasmine,
juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, patchouli,
petitgrain, pine, ravensara, rose, tea-tree. Some like it with
Major Properties Antirheumatic, antispasmodic (esp. for
bronchi), astringent, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant?,
hepatic, mucolytic, styptic, tonic (circulatory),
Uses Stress-related conditions, nervous tension, anger,
Rheumatism, broken capillaries, cellulitis, haemorrhoids,
oedema, muscular cramp?, poor circulation, varicose veins, gum
Amenorrhea, period pains/dysmenorrhea, PMT?, regulation of
menstrual cycle. Patricia Davis says (3) it “reduces abnormally
heavy loss, particularly....in the early stages of the
Asthma, bronchitis, coughs (esp. spasmodic or convulsive),
Acne, excessive perspiration, insect repellent, oily skin,
Suki Isakson says (1) “cypress stops everything
that flows in excess, e.g., running noses, diarrhea, heavy
perspiration, and heavy menstrual flow”.....it is “the healer
for blood, sweat, and tears. Cypress is peerless for treating
all conditions involving excess fluids. It refreshes, restores,
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1) Suki Isakson, AGORA Article, Cypress and its
Essential Oil, http://users.erols.com/sisakson/pages/cypress.htm
2) Robert Tisserand, & Tony Balacs, Essential Oil Safety,
Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1995.
3) Patricia Davis, Aromatherapy - An A-Z, C. W. Daniel, Saffron
Walden, 2000 ( revised ed.)
Other sources for information, past and present; books, articles
and other material by Martin Watt (safety); Julia Lawless, Jean
Valnet, Patricia Davis/London School of Aromatherapy, Shirley
Price, Robert Tisserand, Valerie Ann Worwood, Jan Kusmirek.
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