Cypress Oil

Essential Oil Profile as used by The Aromatherapy Studies Course
by Dawn Copeland and Jeanne Rose

(PART OF THE AROMATHERAPY COURSE –HOME &FAMILY with therapeutic additions)

Essential Oil Profile -
Name of Oil: Cypress Oil
Jeanne Rose Tag Name: “Oil of Astringency©”

Latin Binomial/Botanical Family:
Cupressus sempervirens, Family Cupressaceae of the Conifers. The name ‘Cupressus’ simply means Cypress type of tree and the word ‘sempervirens’ means always green

Countries of Origin: Portugal for this variety. Sometimes harvested in Guatemala.

General description of plant, habitat & growth:
Cone-shaped evergreen tree growing to 80 feet, with dark green foliage and cones, which have seed-nuts inside. Portion of plant used in distillation, how distilled, extraction methods & yield: The foliage and twigs of young branches are steam distilled. Yield: 1.3-1.5%

Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens ... foliage and twigs - An astringent oil for reducing secretions for external use, sports injuries or cellulite, warming and stimulating. “Oil of Astringency”©. This oil and several other types are available in the “Conifer Travel and Training Kit, A Forest of Evergreens” by Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy.
Organoleptic Characteristics:
Intensity of Odor:
Watery, non-viscous
Leathery, slick, and terpenic. Bitter and astringent.

Scent Description: The predominating scent is wood with green/vegetative subsidiary note and a fruity, herbaceous back note. The scent and organoleptic qualities as those as taught in the Jeanne Rose Seminars throughout the year.

Chemical Components: Alpha-Pinene, Delta 3 Carene, Myrcene, Cedrol, Cedrene, Terpinolene, and Limonene.

Historical Uses: Respiratory and circulatory conditions. In ritual, this oil is used to grieve for loss of friends or for the desire for friends and to smooth transitions... Ritual Book by Jeanne Rose

Interesting Facts: An ancient Cypress tree, the Sahara Cypress (Cupressus dupreziana), called ‘tarout’ by the Tuareg tribespeople, has been in use for at least 2500 years for utensils and light construction. It is possible that this ancient tree was used centuries ago for its aromatic resinous wood as an inhalant and medicine when the Sahara was green and rains was more abundant… The Aromatherapy Book, Applications & Inhalations by Jeanne Rose. “The tree gave its name to the island of Cyprus. The cross of Jesus is thought to have been made of cypress. The Chinese consider the nuts beneficial to the liver. Associated with burial grounds and, hence, grief. The wood is impervious to woodworm, making it useful for works of art and furniture”, Essential Aromatherapy, p. 129.

Properties (by IG=ingestion or IN=inhalation or AP=application): (375 Essential Oils)
Ingestion: Diuretic, antispasmodic, and antiseptic.
Inhalation: Stimulant, warming, rejuvenative, relaxant, astringent, analgesic, respiratory tonic, calmative, vasoconstrictor, and restorative.
Application: Astringent, analgesic, vasoconstrictor, antispasmodic, antisudorific, diuretic, restorative, cicatrizing, and calmative.

Physical Uses & How used (IG or AP):
Ingestion: Colitis or infections of the gut, to decongest the prostate, fluid retention, to stimulate the pancreas, and gargled for coughing, sore throat or laryngitis;
Application: Cypress is great in skin and hair care products for oily skin, and sweaty palms and feet. It is great at reducing overactive sweat and oil glands. It may be used in massage oils for rheumatism, aching muscles, abdominal cramps or menstrual cramps, circulation problems, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. Cypress is useful in mixtures for relieving fluid retention and cellulite. Cypress oil is a good addition in the Sports Relief Kit along with Juniper, Sage, Blue Sage, Lemon and Bruise Juice. Inhalation: It is most beneficial for respiratory problems, congestion, and asthma.

Emotional Uses (AP or IN): Cypress is inhaled for nervousness, tension, and grief, and to promote strength and comfort.

Key Use: Reducing fluid retention, cellulite and oily secretions.

Safety Precautions: None known

Source for Kits and Books and Home-Study Courses -

375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose
The Aromatherapy Book by Jeanne Rose
Essential Aromatherapy by Worwood
The Essential Oils by Guenther

There are many species of Cupressus

DISCLAIMER:  This  work is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for accurate
diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care professional. The author is neither a chemist nor a medical doctor. 
The content herein is the product of research and some personal and practical experience.
Institute of Aromatic & Herbal Studies  - Jeanne Rose©

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