Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
“. . .The morning drizzle does not conceal these three Cypresses on the slope. Their details belie their sameness, their radiance confirms it.” –Poem by Mourid Barghouti
Ancient Romans popularized the cultivation of the cypress tree throughout the Roman Empire, though the Egyptians had used the bark of the cypress to make their sarcophagi, and the Phoenicians and Cretans used the wood for their ships. Shakespeare famously writes of coffins made of cypress in his play Twelfth Night. In Latin, Sempervirens (Cypress) means ever-living or evergreen, which is symbolic of life after death.
Cypress is associated with mourning because, as it still is today, the cypress tree was used as ornamental decoration in cemeteries. However, the cypress tree is much more useful outside of its decorative purpose. Historically, cypress leaves were used by steeping the leaves to make a tea for all sorts of health benefits. The essential oil from the branches can be benefited from in many ways.
Even though it can only be used topically or aromatically, and not internally, Cypress possesses no fewer benefits. If you’ve never used Cypress, it’s time to find out why it can be a great addition to your collection.
Because of the herbaceous scent of Cypress, blending with citrus oils—like Lime, Lemon, and Wild Orange complements the scent well. Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, and Lavender are also great choices.
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