Cypress essential oil has astringent properties, which make it great for applying to oily skin. It can also reduce the appearance of varicose veins and be applied in places with extreme perspiration. Aromatically, cypress has a woody scent that can relax and calm the mind. Diffuse, apply in 2-5% dilution, or mix a few drops into a spray bottle with water.
The Phoenicians and Cretans used Cypress wood for building ships and homes.
The Egyptians used the wood for making sarcophagi (coffins), and the Greeks used it for sculpturing statues of their gods.
The Greek word ‘Sempervirens’ means ‘lives forever’ or ‘ever-living’.
The tree gave its name to the island of Cypress where it used to be worshiped.
The legend says the cross of Jesus had been made of cypress wood and it generally seems to be connected with death.
Associated with death and afterlife, cypress trees were often planted in graveyards and the wood was used to make coffins.
Several cultures enjoy munching on the pine nuts and include them in their everyday diet.