Cypress

Plant/part :  Tree/leaves/cones (source: spain, mediterranean)

Latin name :  Cupressus semperviren

Family : Cupresaceae

Note : Middle to base

Extraction : Distillation

Aroma: Woody and slightly spicy, yet clear and refreshing.

Properties: Cypress is a soothing oil that eases aches and pains and coughs. It has a sweet, smoky, balsamic odour. With its smoky woody fragrance it refreshes, restores and tones. An astringent oil useful for refreshing and caring for oily and blemished skin, as an antiperspirant it is good for sweaty feet. Massage on abdomen during menstruation and where there is cellulite. Good menopausal oil. Natural deodorant.

Chemical constituents: Pinene, champhene, sylvestrene, cymene, sabinol.

Precautions: Flammable. Regulates the menstrual cycle so best not to use in pregnancy. Its effect on varicose veins is well known, but care should be exercised in applying the oil – actual massage might be too heavy.

Blends : Blends well with: bergamot, clary sage, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, sandalwood.