A familiar conifer in Mediterranean landscapes and Van Gogh paintings, cypress boasts a history rich with spirituality and support for overall health and well-being. In aromatherapy, cypress oil:
Refreshes and calms as it instills balance**
Promotes stability during times of change**
Supporting mental focus**
What is Cypress?
Stretching over 100 feet tall with conifer foliage that reaches for the heavens, the cypress tree’s spiritual influence on cultures across the world is no secret. This Mediterranean evergreen, with its familiar, slender cone shape and twig-like branches, can be found gracing the mesmerizing Greek and Italian landscapes. Cupressus sempervirens, derived from the Greek word for “evergreen,” has been a symbol for the immortal soul and spirituality long before Van Gogh included their distinct, other-worldly shape in so many of his magnificent paintings.
With the ability to live for nearly 1,000 years, it’s no wonder why the cypress tree has earned its divine reputation. Its spear-like shape can be found lining ancient Greek and Roman burial grounds and temples, which is perhaps why the tree is commonly associated with the acceptance of eternal peace and a harmonious afterlife. On the island of Cyprus, ancient Greeks worshipped these trees as representations of the goddess Beruth, and as such would build statues of their gods out of its supple bark. Stemming from its age-old association and appreciation for the wheels of life and death, the Egyptians made their famous sarcophagi out of the wood of cypress trees.
Alongside the belief in cypress’s ability to help comfort mourners come its age-old wellness applications, used by Hippocrates and the Chinese. These traditional Chinese beliefs also associate cypress with contemplation, as the roots of the tree resemble a seated man deep in thought.
Cypress Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the richly green needles and twigs, cypress essential oil emits its crisp, pine-like aroma that boasts notes of spice and citrus. It can be both refreshing and calming as it helps stabilize occasional emotional imbalance. It offers soothing clarity and focus, especially in times of change. Harnessing ancient tradition, inhaling cypress oil’s fragrance can also offer tranquility during particularly stressful times.
Blending essential oils opens up a world of wellness possibilities! Other oils that complement cypress’ piney fragrance include: lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, bergamot, clary sage, juniper berry, lavender, pine, sandalwood, oregano, chamomile, rosemary, and peppermint oils.
PipingRock's pure Cypress Oil is available in 1/2 oz. & 2 oz. bottles.
Cypress Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Cypress Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its pine-like scent. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Cypress Oil to ~10 mL of any PipingRock carrier oil.
Cypress Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.