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Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil Profile

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

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

Botanical Name

Cupressus sempervirens

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used


Cypress Branch Cypress Trees Cypress Essential Oil


Pale Yellow



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Fresh, herbaceous, slightly woody, evergreen aroma.

Cypress Essential Oil Uses


Excessive perspiration, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia, oily skin, rheumatism, vericose 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.]

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.]

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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. 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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