Source: The twigs and needles of Cupressus sempervirens L. from the Mediterranean regions.
Constituents: Monoterpenes such as a-pinene—the main component in many essential oils. A-pinene is suitable for inhalation for the treatment of the respiratory tract.
Tropism: Neuroendocrine, respiratory, urogenital, and digestive systems.
Essential function: Astringent, pelvic decongestant, drains water-damp conditions.
Traditional Use: Traditionally used as a nerve tonic, decongestant, circulatory stimulant, and astringent in compresses, baths, and massage to relieve muscle aches, spasms, fluid retention, cellulite, swelling, varicose veins, and bruises.
Psychological: Used for symptoms associated with lethargy, loss of motivation, apathy, procrastination, fatigue, malaise, and mental and emotional burnout.
Physiological: Primarily regulation of fluid movement and venous actions, lymphatic congestion, swollen glands, edema, and excessive sweating.
Topical: Employed in skincare as a capillary stimulant, detoxicant, and skin toner. Ideal for tired, devitalized skin, skin impurities, and cellulite. Cypress oil is a dry astringent and mildly antiseptic and vulnerary and therefore indicated for broken veins and capillaries, acne, varicose veins, and acne rosacea.
TCM: Stabilizing, circulating, and rising. Neutral warmth. Tonifies the Chi and activates Chi and Blood, and strengthens the Shen. It invigorates the Blood in the Lower Warmer and breaks up stagnation in the lower limbs, reduces varicosis, ankle edema, fatigue, harmonizes urination, relieves pain, and moderates menstruation.
Chakra Affinity: Throat and sacral
Anthroposophical: Cypress exerts a tonic action upon the nerve-sense system. The nerve-sense system, concentrated mainly in the head, facilitates consciousness and perception. The brain and nerve tissues' cells cannot regenerate, a sacrifice in a functional capacity that allows for the influx of sensory and other perceptual data. The consciousness process must be associated with a diminutive metabolic activity because the nerve-sense system must remain free to receive external impressions. This is why the head is sometimes referred to in anthroposophic science as the body's catabolic, or cold, pole.
Psychospiritual: Cypress evokes contemplation on existential issues of life, punctuated by the time of radical transitions in our lives, such as death, birth, grief, and other radical changes.