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Cypress Essence

Cypress Essence


? Southwest School of Botanical Medicine

CYPRESS (Cupressus sempervirens)

Family: Conifer

Source: The Essential oil is obtained from the Leaves and cones.

Fragrance:: Woody, balsamic, amber.

Volatility: Middle note.

General description and habitat:

A columnar evergreen conifer: height up to 45 meters; tiny leaves pressed against branches and twigs; female flowers produce round cones; native to Mediterranean Europe but now cultivated in temperate Europe and North America.

Principal constituents: D-pinene, terpinol, cedrol, d-camphene, cymene, tannin.


History and folk use:

Known to the ancient Egyptians, it was used as medicine and the sarcophagi were made from the wood. Pluto, the Greek god of the underworld, had the tree dedicated to him which is why there are cypresses grown in cemeteries. Its haemostatic properties were known to Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Galen.

Properties & Uses

General properties: Anticancer, antispasmodic astringent, cooling, vaso-constrictor.

Primary Uses:

Broken veinsBronchitis
Circulatory problemsCoughs,

Secondary Uses:

Asthma, Cellulite, Change,
Grief, Gum Infection, Hemorrhoids,
Hoarseness, Impotence, Irritability,
Jealousy, Laryngitis, Liver,
Lymph (Congested), Mature Skin, Menstrual Problems,
Mononucleosis, Myalgic Encephalitis,Nervous Tension,
Oily & Open Pores,Oversensitivity,Perspiration,
Poor Circulation, Urinary Infections,Varicose Veins,
Whooping Cough.


Not to be used early in pregnancy, or with hypertensives.

It is not approved by the FDA for internal consumption.


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