Cypress - Cupressus sempervirens var. stricta

9:41 AM Posted by Jo Pedranti



Cypress, Cupressus Sempervirens var. stricta is part of the Cupressaceae family. It is also referred to as Mediterranean cypress, Italian cypress, and Columnar cypress. It is a tall tree with round cones and small flowers. 

Origin
The branches, leaves, and cones are steam distilled to make the essential oil. It originated  in France, Italy, Germany, and Algeria.

History
Cypress was used by the Romans and the Greeks. Sempervirens means ever living, and the tree was dedicated to the gods of the underworld by the Greeks and the Romans.

The chemical constituents of Cupressus sempervirens var. stricta are:
  • Esters
  • The monoterpenes a-pinene, b-pinene, a-thujene, camphene, sabinene, and myrcene.
  • Alcohols
  • The ketone cymene.
  • Sesquiterpene.
Aroma
Cypress has a bitter, acidic, sharp, spicy and balsamic-woody top note. It is a clean and refreshing smell. The middle note is balsamic-woody, sweet and spicy. The base note smells more like cypress with a forest scent and it is not as sweet. The dry out note is sweet, woody, and mild. The aroma of cypress is calming and balancing, but also very refreshing and clearing.

Characteristics
Cypress oil is yellow to green in color and it dries quickly on the perfume blotter. It didn't leave any residue. It dries quickly when rubbed between the fingers.


Indications

Cypress is useful in anger and it will also restore calm.

According to Battaglia, cypress has vaso-constrictor and astringent properties, and has traditionally been useful in circulatory problems such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids. 

In France, Dr.Valnet used cypress for bronchitis and coughs at the hospital. The coughs were stopped when cypress oil was dropped under the pillows. According to Battaglia. cypress is useful. in asthma and spasmodic coughs due to its antispasmodic action. Battaglia also says it regulates the menstrual cycle.

According to Gary Young, ND, cypress reduces scar tissue and he consider it outstanding when used in skin care. 

Cypress blends well with
Bergamot, clary sage, fennel, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, pine, rosemary, tangerine.


Safety
Cypress should be avoided in pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is considered non-toxic but it contains thujone- like compounds, so therefore use with caution. Avoid in hypertension.


Before you leave:


I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.


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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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