Cypress oil from Crete smells so close to the living botanical that I confess it’s a shamanic experience for me. One of many jewels of Crete, the oil is the blenders blender, a protector of strength and support, holder of soul. Cypress smells of Pine and Sea Fennel and other scents the Mediterranean Sea splashes up into the salty air. In dryout phase, Cypress is noted for its Labdanum notes. Ernest Guenther likened it to Ambergris. Cypress was the wood of palaces in the Minoan age and is said to have fumigated the air in Athenian cremations. Trees have been planted for a long time in Provence, France to protect fields against cold north winds descending on the Rhone Valley. Cypress is well noted for its valuable uses in history.
Cypress is a supportive oil for varicose veins, edema, coughs, asthma and bronchitis. Jeanne Rose recommends a drop in a glass of water to use as a gargle for sore throats, coughs and laryngitis. Mix a little in Emu oil or Shea butter as a muscle rub to ease arthritic conditions. Cypress also has value in perfumery, particularly in chypre types, lending balsamic notes in compositions.
Suggested uses: Cypress essential oil blends with many oils including Black Pepper, Pine, Rosemary, Lemon, Bergamot, Lavender, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Musk Ambrette, Mandarin and Geranium.