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Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil ProfileCypress Oil is one of my favorite essential oils to blend with.

Aromatically, the woody aroma of Cypress Oil blends well with a number of essential oils including other woody oils, mint oils, the citrus oils, especially grapefruit, and it is beautiful when blended in low dilution with florals.

Cypress Oil is one of the first essential oils that I reach for when I'm tired or need help being able to concentrate.

Cypress Oil
Cypress Oil

Botanical Name:
Cupressus sempervirens

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Needles

Color: Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Description: Fresh, herbaceous, slightly woody, evergreen aroma.

Cypress Branch
Cypress Branch

Cypress Oil Uses: Excessive perspiration, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia, oily skin, rheumatism, vericse veins. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 57-65.]

Major Constituents:
a-Terpinyl acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1976-1978 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1979), 18. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 29-30. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 20 no. 4, 1995), 34. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 265.]

Cypress Trees
Cypress Trees

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young do not indicate any known hazards for Cypress Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil topically if it has oxidized as skin sensitization is more likely. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 265.]

Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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