Cypresses sempervirens offers its leaves, needles, twigs and a wee bit of the cone to produce this steam distilled essential oil. Crete is well known for excellent natural production and some regions of France have wild grown carefully harvested. A tall evergreen tree that holds the earth and water together at points, conducting a cosmic ripple of energy that we are able to feel when experiencing this tremendous aromatic force. When inhaling this essence one feels a flow of energy; this is the chi moving through us. Cypress has the power to circulate through the meridians. This moves the fluids quickly, so to be safe it is best not to use while developing a fetus within the womb, this potent purifying tonic should NOT be used during pregnancy as it is an emmenagogue. Cypress offers other attributes benefiting femininity. The essential oil will assist with reducing heavy mensuration and emotionally easing the transitory energy of the menopausal time.
Essential oils preserve and enhance beauty. The addition of Cypress in a cosmetic formulation increases the radiant structure of the skin. Astringent qualities contained within this plant essential oil helps to balance sebum production, therefore it is helpful for all types of skin. Cypress improves skin tone as it preserves and enhances beauty by fortifying and cleansing the whole body. The complexion is an extension of the bodies health.
Cypress is a great addition to blends as an anti-rheumatic, soothing body systems and easing muscular tension. Cypress assists the body systems to work in unison as it increases blood flow; boosting circulation through the veins with better energy flow, encouraging lymphatic drainage and reducing water retention, therefore easing cellulite accumulation. It also is an excellent hepatic serving the liver and kidneys with these actions.
Anti spasmodic traits calm and soothe the nervous system creating balance of the breath as this serves as a bronchial and asthmatic remedy through inhalation or application in a carrier base. This Coniferae relates to the AIR element serving the lungs, nerves and glands.
As the physical systems are cleansed with the activation of the chi energy, the Spirit is renewed, the mind is refreshed and emotions are calmed. The earthy scent is also comforting to the mind and so known to relieve grief and worries. Cypress is grounding, giving the strength and security with its fortitude. It is a wonderful base note in a blend, securing the formulation and intensifying its absorption through increased circulation.
Cypress is one of the oldest of all trees being about three to four thousand years of known existence. Sempervirens translates as lives forever. As a tree of longevity it is a symbol of life after death in many cultures. The tree carries on with the Spiritual life force of the deceased human being. These trees are grown as shelter to protect the Spirits. Ancient cultures revere this tree as a life force of longevity both on the physical and Spiritual plane. Cypress is known to restore strength and it also represents the strength of “life” after death.This tree is grown in many graveyards to oversee, shelter and protect the Spirits. Ruled by the planet Saturn it tempers the Karma of the Souls. Armenians and Moslems have a tradition of planting Cypress trees in burial grounds and the Egyptians used the wood for coffins. It is believed Noahs Arc was made from this wood.
While primarily a medicinal type essential oil this ancient tree energy is superb as a mysterious element in a parfum synergy imparting a yang attribute. While smoothing the skin and securing the body it also soothes the Soul. Adding a little of this precious wood oil will intermingle the qualities of air, earth and water with our inner flame.