Cupressus Funebris from which Cypress Essential Oil is distilled is also known as Chinese Cedarwood and is a species of cypress native to Vietnam and southwestern China.
It is a medium-sized coniferous tree growing to 20–35 metres in height with a trunk up to 2 metres in diameter. The foliage grows in dense, usually moderately decumbent and pendulous sprays of bright green, very slender, slightly flattened shoots.
The leaves are scale-like, 1–2 mm long, up to 5 mm long on strong lead shoots; young trees up to about 5–10 years old have juvenile foliage with soft needle-like leaves 3–8 mm long.
The seed cones are globose, 8–15 mm long, with 6-10 scales (usually 8), green, maturing dark brown about 24 months after pollination. The cones open at maturity to shed the seed. The pollen cones are 3–5 mm long, and release pollen in early spring.
Appearance: Clear, Mobile Liquid
Colour: Pale yellow
Specific gravity (20ºC): 0.960 to 0.991
Optical rotation (20ºC): -2° to +2º
Refractive index (20ºC): 1.546 to 1.564
The major components: α-cedrene (16.9%), cedrol (7.6%), and β-cedrene (5.7%)
Traditional and Emotional uses reportedly include:
In perfume terms, it is useful for building woody notes, spicy accords, woody-oriental accords, pairs well with cedarwood oils and compliments the woody back notes contained within patchouli materials.
Aromatherapists consider its a blood regulator, cleanser, and tonic. It is anti-inflammatory and is used for rheumatism and arthritis in massage.
The Chinese associate it with the lymph system, water retention, and chronic infection.
Cypress Essential Oil Blends Well With:
Blends well with: Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Cassia, Jasmine, Neroli, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang.
Should be avoided during pregnancy.