Common Name: Cypress
Latin Binomial: Cupressus sempervirens
Other Common Names: Italian cypress, Mediterranean cypress, Common Cypress
Production Method: Steam Distilled
Countries of Origin: Crete
Description of Oil: pale yellow or colorless, scent reminiscent of pine needles and juniper berry with a unique dry-out of a delicate and tenacious sweetness; woody and slightly spicy yet refreshing
Description of Plant: a tall, conical evergreen with hard reddish yellow wood and brown gray cones
History, Folklore and Myth: It was said that Apollo transformed a young Greek named Cuparissos into the Cypress tree. There is also a legend that the Cross was made from the wood and generally seems to have a connection with death. The Greeks and Romans planted it in their burial grounds and Pluto, god of the underworld, lived in a palace beside which grew the Cypress tree. The Greeks also used it for sculpting statues of their gods because it does not decay easily.
Properties and Uses: antiperspirant, antiseptic, antitussive, astringent, detoxifier, vasoconstrictor
Precautions and Contraindications: Avoid old or oxidized oils
Other Interesting Information: toning effect on veins
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