Latin Name : Cupressus Sempervirens
Part Of Plant Used : Needles & Twigs
Source : Europe
Extraction Method : Steam Distillation
This Cypress Essential Oil is extracted by steam distillation from the Italian or Mediterranean cypress. The oil is taken from the needles and twigs of young branches of these trees, made famous by the paintings of Van Gogh. Cypress essential oil is said to calm strong emotions like anger and is therefore useful to have during major changes in one's life.
This essential oil is also said to work as a vasoconstrictor, helping with varicose veins and haemorrhoids. It is supposed to work well to ease all conditions of excess fluid such as heavy menstruation, excessive sweating, coughing, bronchitis, haemorrhage, and fluid retention. This oil soothes muscular cramps, helps regulate the menstrual cycle, and eases arthritis and rheumatic pain.
Used in a vaporiser, this oil can soothe the mind, as well as respiratory trouble. It can be used in dilution in a cold compress to help stop nosebleeds.
The cypress tree is considered a mourning tree according to Greek mythology and is often grown in cemeteries for this reason. It is also associated with the god of the underworld, Hades. Phoenicians and Cretans used the wood of this tree for building ships and houses, Egyptians made sarcophagi from it, and the Greeks carved statues of their gods with it. Legend has it that the cross of Jesus Christ was made of this wood. Ironically, though the cypress is often asso aited with death, the botanical name of cypress is derived from the Greek 'Sempervirens', which means 'live forever'.
Ancient Wisdom has been sourcing and bottling essential oils for over 22 years and studiously selects all of its oils, which are more often than not bought from primary sources. All oils are tested for purity and subjected to rigorous quality control standards. Organic oils are derived from plants that are not grown using pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals.
Please note that essential oils, while delightful, versatile and generally wonderful, are also very concentrated and contain active ingredients. They should not be ingested, be kept out of the reach of children and animals and diluted before use. Some have specific contraindications, and some should be avoided during pregnacy. The information on this website is for guidance only. It is not medical advice. We strongly recommend looking up the uses, properties and contraindications of the oils you intend to use. Also please consult a trained aromatherapist, medical practitioner, or other practitioner skilled in the use of essential oils if you are looking to treat a specific condition.