Botanical Name: Cupressus sempervirens L.
Synonyms: Italian cypress.
Origin: Native to eastern Mediterranean. Now grows wild in Europe including France, Italy, England, Spain, Portugal. Cultivation and distillation of oil mainly takes place in France, Spain.
Botanical Description: A tall evergreen tree. It has slender branches and bears small flowers with round, brownish-gray cones.
Oil Extraction: Cypress essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the needles and twigs. The oil is clear, colorless to pale yellow or pale olive-greenish mobile liquid. Yield 0.3 to 1.5%.
Aroma Profile: The top note is sweet, refreshing and balsamic. The body note is balsamic, pine-needle or juniper berry-like. The dry-out is tenacious, sweet and delicate.
Major Constituents: α-pinene (55 to 70%), δ-3-carene, camphene, cymene, sylvestrene.
Adulterants: Other species of cypress, pine oil, juniper oil.
Regulatory Status: None.
Aromatherapy: Purifying, balancing.
Blends well with: Cedarwood, cardamom, wild chamomile, bergamot, clary sage, pine, juniper, lavender, orange, lemon, mandarin, sandalwood.
Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.