Cypress oil comes from an evergreen tree and is native to Southern Europe but is now grown in North America and North Africa. The oil has been used for thousands of years as a cleansing incense for several Nepalese and Tibetan cultures. Cypress trees were highly revered and were planted outside of temples and burial grounds by the Greeks and Romans. Ancient civilizations valued the oil for its medicinal uses such as healing bleeding gums, treating hemorrhoids, and to clear their minds and senses.
The oil is used today for industrial and medicinal purposes. For instance, perfume and soap manufacturers use cypress oil because of its fresh evergreen aroma adding a touch of masculinity to men’s cologne and soap. As far as medicinal purposes, it can have profound effects on the respiratory and digestive systems.
The essential oil of Cypress is steam distilled from the twigs, stems, and needles. It can be used for massage or added to bath water to reduce arthritic symptoms, cellulite, asthma, cramps, diarrhea, rheumatism, and menopause.