I plodded through a couple more lessons in my online aromatherapy course mostly on the history of essential oils, extraction methods, and other dull stuff. But now I am on Lesson 4 where we actually get to start studying the oils. My assignment is to briefly “profile” one essential oil. I chose Mediterranean cypress because I just acquired a small vial of it and I love, love, love the scent. I hope this information is interesting to you.
I am profiling the essential oil of the Mediterranean cypress, known botanically as Cupressus sempervirens. The oil is typically extracted by steam from needles and twigs. I like this oil because it is sweet and spicy without the resinous smell of oils from evergreen trees. One of the main effects of this oil is that it helps with mental stimulation, focus and concentration. Rosemary oil will accomplish the same effect; however, unlike rosemary oil which should not be used by people with high blood pressure, cypress has no known contraindications. Cypress promotes healing when applied to minor wounds and promotes overall good blood circulation. Cypress oil is also know for its refreshing, purifying, and restorative psychological effects. This oil blends well with many other oils. It is a base note scent which means that it will act as an anchor to the middle and top notes. That is, one will experience the scent of cypress long after the middle and top notes of the other oils in the blend have evaporated. Recently, I have started using my own blend of Spanish Cypress oil and French lavender in my office diffuser. This blend is grounding and promotes an environment of relaxed concentration. Resources: Book: The Complete Illustrated Gide to Aromatherapy, Julia Lawless, Barnes and Noble Books, 1997 Websites: Aura Cacia, Lady Lisa Aromatherapy, Live Strong