Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil History

Cupressus sempervirens, commonly referred to as Cypress essential oil of the Cupressaceae family and is also called Italian or Mediterranean cypress.
 
The tree is a perennial tree, conical-shaped, about 28 meters (80 feet) high and originated from the East, now mostly found in gardens and cemeteries in the Mediterranean region.
 
It is an evergreen tree with dark green foliage, small flowers and round brown-gray cones with seed nuts inside. The wood is hard and durable, red-yellow in color.
 
The Phoenicians and Cretans used the wood for building ships and houses, while the Egyptians made sarcophagi from it and the Greeks used it to carve statues of their gods. In fact, Cypress was devoted to Pluto, Roman God of the Underworld.
 
The Greek word ‘Sempervirens’, from which the botanical name is derived, means ‘lives forever’ and the tree also gave its name to the island of Cypress, where it used to be worshiped. 
 
Cypress wood was used to build the ark. It is also believed that the cross of Jesus had been made of cypress wood and the tree generally seems to be associated with death.
 
 
Biblical References: Genesis 6:14, Isaiah 41:19, Isaiah 44:14, 1 Kings 9:11, Song of Solomon 1:17
 
Hebrew Word: 645 hz”r>Ti tirzah {teer-zaw’} 
Meaning: 1) a type of tree 1a) perhaps the cypress, holm-tree 1b) meaning very dubious
 
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Juniper, Pine, Marjoram, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Frankincense and all the citrus oils.
 
CAUTION: Non-Toxic, Non-Irritant and can be used by most anyone.
Cypress Essential Oil’s Healing Properties
Cypress Essential Oil has been used since ancient times for purification and as incense. Cypress essential oil is one of the oils most used for the circulatory system. Because it assists in moving stagnant matter, it actually assists many systems of the body: circulatory, digestive, urinary, and integumentary (skin). It helps with cellulite, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, fluid retention, constipation, edema, excessive perspiration, and hand and feet sweating. It is also effective for muscles and joints, the respiratory system, the reproductive system, and the nervous system. The therapeutic qualities of Cypress include improving circulation, supporting the nerves and intestines, and supporting the immune system and cardiovascular system. Cypress Essential Oil was used for centuries to alleviate menstrual problems because of its ability to circulate and regulate blood flow. 
 
Cypress helps ease the feeling of loss and creates a sense of security. It also brings healing to one during emotional trauma. 
 
ORAC Value: 24,300 µTE/100g
 
ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700.
 
Plant origin: France, Spain
 
Medicinal Properties: Improves circulation and supports the nerves and intestines. Anti-infectious, antibacterial, anti-microbial, and strengthens blood capillaries. It also acts as an insect repellent.  
 
Traditional Uses: Cypress is one of the oils most used for the circulatory system. The therapeutic qualities of Cypress include improving circulation, supporting the nerves and intestines, and supporting the immune system and cardiovascular system. Cypress is a good defense against arthritis, bronchitis, cramps, hemorrhoids, insomnia, intestinal parasites, menopausal symptoms, menstrual pain, pancreas inefficiencies, pulmonary infections, throat problems, varicose veins, fluid retention, and scar tissue. It is known to be anti-infectious, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. It strengthens blood capillaries and is good for teeth and gums.
 
Other Uses: Arthritis, bronchitis, circulation, cramps, hemorrhoids, insomnia, intestinal parasites, menopausal problems, menstrual pain, pancreas insufficiencies, pulmonary infections, rheumatism, spasms, varicose veins, and fluid retention. Jean Valnet, M.D. suggests that it may be helpful for some cancers. This oil may be beneficial for improving energy, reducing cellulite, strengthening connective tissue, asthma, coughs, edema, gallbladder, bleeding gums, hemorrhaging, laryngitis, liver disorders, muscular cramps, nervous tension, nose bleeds, and ovarian cysts. It is outstanding when used in skin care, lessening scar tissue. 
 
Application: Use topically on location. Apply where you would wear a deodorant. 
 
Fragrant influence: Cypress influences, strengthens, and helps ease the feeling of loss. It creates a feeling of security and grounding, helping to heal emotional trauma.
Cypress’ Spiritual Significance
Just as Cedarwood is symbolic of strength, Cypress is also known for strength and durability. These trees were described in the apocryphal book of Siroch as trees which groweth up to the clouds. The Hebrew word for Cypress is tirzah, which means make slender.
 
The Bible tells that the wood used for Noah’s ark was gopher wood in Genesis 6:14: Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. It was thought to be Cypress because of its ability to stand up to adverse conditions. Building anything that big would require trees that reached the clouds!
 
Isaiah 60:13 tells how Cypress represents the sanctuary of the holy feet of God in the coming messianic kingdom: The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
 
On a personal level, Cypress’s properties reflect help support us not only to accept the changes we need to make, but also, to distinguish what changes are best for us in our own spiritual growth.