Absolute Aromas - Cypress
Cypress has a woody aroma and is strongly anti-septic and astringent. The Chinese consider the Cypress nuts very nutritious and of benefit for chest complaints. Due to it's antirheumatic properties, the oil has also been used for joint pain.
Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Method of Extraction: The oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Cypress tree.
Main Theraputic Properties: Antirheumatic, Antispasmodic, Calmative, Neurotonic, Astringent.
Contraindications: Non toxic and non irritant in prescribed doses.
Did you know: Cypress has been associated to the planet Pluto, a symbol in astrology of psychological transformation and inner renewal.
Chakra: Base & Heart.
Chinese Element: Metal (& Water)
The Cypress tree is an evergreen conifer which grows to a height of up to 45 meters.
Much of the production is from pruning the trees that are used as windbreaks in the Mediterranean area.
Because of its woody, balsamic smell, Cypress is used extensively in men's toiletries and is therefore popular as an ingredient in home-made blends.
For a light, aftershave facial oil, blend 15ml of Jojoba oil with 2 drops of Cypress, 2 drops of Sandalwood and 1 drop of Bergamot. Apply sparingly.
Too enthusiastic at the gym?! Add 2 drops of Cypress, 2 drops of Rosemary and 1 drop of Lavender to a bowl of boiling water. Lay a folded flannel in the water, wring and place it on the aching area. Alternatively, blend the above oils with a teaspoon of Peach Kernel oil and stir it into a warm bath.