Cypress Essential Oil
Associated with the the passage between this world and the afterlife, this scent comforts those who grieve and reassures the beloved dead, helping them to pass over and to connect with the divine. Cypress wood has a long association with appurtenances of the dead, such as coffins, pyres, and funerary incense, and this tree is a graveyard favorite where climate permits. The tie to the afterlife is logical given that the tree is evergreen and the wood is very resistant to decay (in the past it was the preferred material for carving statues of deities).
Other Magickal Uses
According to Pliny and Homer, the fragrance of cypress was a favorite of the sorceress Circe and so is a good candidate for magick oils dedicated to sorcery. In ancient Rome, the the tree was associated with young girls, showing an unexpected Maiden aspect. In Zoroastrianism, cypress reminds us of lost paradise, and the trees were often planted in pleasure gardens, so consider this scent when you want to make an oil for hearkening back to the past. This natural fragrance is also good as a base for magickal perfume oils to be used for protection. Steam-distilled from Cupressus sempervirens leaves in Crete.
Combining With Other Essential Oils
The warm, woody scent of cypress goes well with the natural fragrances of bergamot, blood orange, camphor, cardamom, cassia, cedarwood, citronella, clary sage, coriander, eucalyptus, fennel seed, fir, frankincense, galangal, galbanum, ginger, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lime, marjoram, mandarin, mugwort, orange, pepper, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, roman chamomile, rosemary, sandalwood, spruce, and verbena. Top
Cypress Essential Oil (Crete)
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