Landscapes of Southern France and Greece are blessed with this statuesque evergreen. The cypress is a perennial, conical-shaped tree that towers about 80 feet (28 meters) high. It is an evergreen with dark green foliage, tiny flowers and round brown-grey cones with seed nuts inside. The wood is hard and durable, and reddish-yellow in colour. Furniture made from cypress wood is impervious to insect attacks.
Cypress symbolised everlastingness to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used the wood for building their houses and furniture. The Phoenicians and Cretans used cypress wood for building ships and homes. The Egyptians used the wood for making sarcophagi (coffins). The trees are commonly found in churchyards and cemeteries throughout Europe.
Cypress has been traditionally used to beautify both the skin and scalp. The astringent nature of this oil is beneficial for summertime skin, or whenever there are oily or sweaty conditions. You can also routinely depend on cypress to keep your home fresh and clean when added to your household cleansers. Cypress French has a woody, nutty and pleasantly smoky aroma with a slightly spicy, resinous undertone.
Cypress oil is an astringent, styptic, antispasmodic, sedative and deodorant. Due to this, it has a range of highly effective uses. It is handy for all respiratory problems that involve spasms, such as influenza, bronchitis and emphysema. Cypress clears up congestion and eliminates phlegm that builds up in the respiratory tract and lungs.
Cypress oil’s ability to stimulate blood flow and its vaso-constricting properties make it helpful for haemorrhoids and varicose veins. It has also been deemed beneficial for heavy periods. Staying on topic, it is valuable in the treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and irritability, and menstrual problems such as premenstrual tension.
If you’re looking to heal cuts fast, look no further than cypress. The antiseptic qualities in cypress oil are due to the presence of camphene, an essential component. Cypress oil can treat both external and internal wounds, and it prevents infections. Because of cypress oil’s antispasmodic qualities, it inhibits problems associated with spasms, such as muscle cramps and muscle pulls.
Cypress is soothing in times of transition and change. Cypress oil has sedative effects, and it induces a peaceful and relaxed feeling when used aromatically or topically. It is also rich in energising characteristics, and it stimulates the senses of happiness and ease which can be particularly valuable for people who are undergoing emotional stress, having trouble sleeping, or recently experienced trauma or shock.
Please leave us a comment below on how you put Cypress essential oil to good use; we would love to hear from you!