Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is in the cypress family (Cupressaceae). It is mentioned twice in the Bible
Isaiah 41:19 and-
“The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the plane, and the pine, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will glorify where my feet rest.” Isaiah 60:13
Ancient Uses were for arthritis, laryngitis, scar tissue, and for cramps. Assyrians used cypress for its astringent properties to cure hemorrhoids. The Greek physician Galen (165 A.D.) recommended cypress for internal bleeding and diarrhea.
Cypress can be used for wide range of problems: arthritis, bronchitis, insomnia, intestinal parasites, pulmonary infections, rheumatism, spasms, throat problems and fluid retention. It is a powerful antispasmodic, making it useful for asthma, whooping cough and all spasmodic coughs. Its astringent properties make it beneficial for increasing circulation, strengthening blood capillaries, controlling hemorrhages and nose bleeds, and relieving angina pain and reducing varicose veins. It is also anti-infectious, antibacterial, antimicrobial. Also, it acts as an insect repellent. Found to be emotionally beneficial, it eases feelings of loss, promotes feelings of security and grounding. This oil conveys a feeling of cohesion and stability. It can assist in giving the courage for surrendering to God’s will that is called for in spiritual transformation. It is particularly helpful in times of inner turmoil and transition.
Cypress is associated with the passing of a soul into the God’s presence, bringing comfort to those left behind. It is a good oil to use with those who are in sorrow. It offers strength and energetic protection. For emotional healing it is an oil to encourage comfort, change, assertion, understanding, balance, stillness, confidence, inner peace, wisdom, stability, patience, trust, incorruptibility, willpower, and straightforwardness.
The main effect of cypress is decongesting for veins and lymph system. Cypress mixes well with bergamot, clary sage, lemon, lavender, orange, juniper, pine, marjoram, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, rosemary, geranium, eucalyptus, frankincense, cedarwood, and rosemary. It can be massaged along the spine, on the feet, heart and chest. As for safety, it is non-toxic and non-sensitizing. To learn more about Cypress oil and other essential oils, consider becoming a certified aromatherapist. Educational courses in healing energy and aromatherapy can help you understand how essential oils heal the body/mind/spirit.