The Mediterranean cypress, also known as Italian, Tuscan, Graveyard cypress, or pencil pine. These are the species of cypress native to the eastern Mediterranean region, in northeast Libya, southern Albania, southern coastal Croatia (Dalmatia), southern Greece, southern Turkey, Cyprus and also a disjunct population in Iran.
Cupressus Sempervirens is described as a medium-sized coniferous evergreen tree to 35 m (115 ft) tall, with a small, rounded, woody conic crown with level branches and loosely hanging branchlets. It is very long-lived in some trees and reported to be over 1,000 years old.
Benefits and its Uses:
Cypress Essential Oil can be obtained through steam distillation of young twigs, stems, and needles. Cypress is a needle-bearing tree of conferous and deciduous regions.
The extracted essential oils contain a lot of components such Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Alpha Terpinene, Bornyl Acetate, Carene, Camphene, Cedrol, Cadinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Terpinolene and Linalool, which can be attributed as an astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, hemostatic, hepatic, styptic, sudorific, vasoconstricting, respiratory tonic and sedative substance.
Cypress Oil is generally safe & non-toxic when used aromatically or topically and not to take internally. It should also be avoided during pregnancy, and there is not enough research to support its safety for children. It is advice to take a small test patch to your skin before applying it directly. In addition to this, like most other essential oil, IT is safest to dilute cypress with carrier oil before topical use.