Updated: Jan 9, 2020
The History of Cypress
Landscapes of Southern France and Greece are blessed with this statuesque evergreen. The Cypress is a perennial, conical-shaped tree that towers about 80 feet (28 meters) high. It is an evergreen with dark green foliage, tiny flowers and round brown-grey cones with seed nuts inside. The wood is hard and durable, and reddish-yellow in colour. Furniture made from cypress wood is impervious to insect attacks.
Cypress symbolised everlastingness to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used the wood for building their houses and furniture. The Phoenicians and Cretans used Cypress wood for building ships and homes. The Egyptians used the wood for making sarcophagi (coffins). The trees are commonly found in churchyards and cemeteries throughout Europe.
Cypress has been traditionally used to beautify both the skin and scalp. The astringent nature of this oil is beneficial for summertime skin, or whenever there are oily or sweaty conditions. You can also routinely depend on cypress to keep your home fresh and clean when added to your household cleansers. Also, don't forget to take a look at the alternative, Cypress Australian Blue.
Cypress in Numbers
Price The price of Cypress is inexpensive, a 10ml bottle will only cost you as little as £1.96, and you can even get a whole kilogram works out around £67.96! When compared to a product like Cedarwood Himalayan, it is almost three times the price when purchasing 1KG. However, in the grand scheme of things, it is still reasonably cheap.
Scent Cypress French has a woody, nutty and pleasantly smoky aroma with a slightly spicy, resinous undertone. Putting it bluntly, I'm not its biggest fan, but looking at the sales figures, it is certainly doing something right.
Strength This spicy little number carries a tenacious odour, but at the same time, it is fresh and clean. It certainly carries itself well in most blends with its distinct scent.
Uses Cypress French is an Astringent, styptic, antispasmodic, sedative and deodorant. Due to this, it has a range of highly effect uses. It is handy for all respiratory problems that involve spasms, such as influenza, bronchitis and emphysema. Cypress oil clears up congestion and eliminates phlegm that builds up in the respiratory tract and lungs.
Because of cypress oil’s ability to stimulate blood flow and its vaso-constricting properties it can be helpful for haemorrhoids and varicose veins. It has also been deemed beneficial for heavy periods. Staying on topic, it is valuable in the treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and irritability, and menstrual problems such as premenstrual tension.
If you’re looking to heal cuts fast, look no further than cypress. The antiseptic qualities in cypress oil are due to the presence of camphene, an essential component. Cypress oil can treat both external and internal wounds, and it prevents infections. Because of cypress oil’s antispasmodic qualities, it inhibits problems associated with spasms, such as muscle cramps and muscle pulls.
Cypress is soothing in times of transition and change. Cypress oil has sedative effects, and it induces a peaceful and relaxed feeling when used aromatically or topically. It is also rich in energising characteristics, and it stimulates the senses of happiness and ease which can be particularly valuable for people who are undergoing emotional stress, having trouble sleeping, or recently experienced trauma or shock. As you can see, Cypress does have many uses, but when compared to oils such as Lavender, it falls short.
Popularity Cypress French Essential Oil is well known tenacious and spicy scent. It is used in many pharmaceutical products and is an important fragrance component in colognes, after-shaves and perfumes. It also has a number of beneficial uses, and the price is pretty good too, making this a rather popular essential oil indeed!
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