The plant is found in Mediterranean countries and parts of North Africa.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of the plant.
Cypress Trees grow to a height of up to 30 metres. An evergreen tree, it flowers between January and February. Both male and female seeds are found on the same tree. The leaves from the plant are harvested during February, March and April.
Antispasmodic, astringent, haemostatic, diuretic, tonic and uplifting.
When applied via massage Cypress is used for a plethora of conditions. These include oily and over hydrated skin, excessive perspiration (particularly the feet), varicose veins, cellulitis, muscular cramp, poor circulation and rheumatism. It’s also thought to acts on the bronchial system so can be helpful in cases of asthma, bronchitis and persistent coughs. It can also help to heal broken capillaries - this, combined with ability to discourage fluid retention make it a popular oil in blends aimed at assisting menopausal women.
When burned or vaporised Cypress is often used during times of grief. It doesn't promise to make grief disappear, rather to help one gain a sense of perspective after the loss of a special one. The same properties that make it good in massage for the bronchial system also apply when the oil is burned and it's also use in a preventative manner to protect against bugs and viruses.
Cypress has good deodorising properties and a masculine, woody aroma so is often found in preparations aimed at men.
You may find that Cypress blends particularly well with Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Juniperberry, Pine, Rosemary, Frankincense, Sandalwood and the Citrus oils.