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The cypress is a perennial tree, conical in shape that can reach 28 meters high. The Phoenicians and Cretans used cypress wood to build ships and houses, while the Egyptians made sarcophagi from it and the Greeks used it to carve statues of their gods. In Madagascar, the cypress is used as a hedge and natural fence for gardens. Its leaves and twigs to produce the essential oil of cypress.
The essential oil of Cypress de Provence is highly concentrated in alpha-pinene and delta-3-carene. These different molecules give it the following main properties:

  • Expectorant +++ (α-pinene, monoterpene carbides): the essential oil of Provence cypress, through alpha-pinene, regulates the secretion of the bronchi and stimulates the mucin glands which induces an expectorant activity by coughing.

  • Venous Decongestant +++ (α-pinene, monoterpene carbides): thanks to alpha-pinene, the essential oil of Provence cypress has a venous decongestant action useful against venous diseases with edema.

  • Anti-Inflammatory ++ (monoterpene carbides): the essential oil of Provence cypress has a significant anti-inflammatory action. It inhibits 5-lipo-oxygenase and the synthesis of leukotrienes.

  • Antiviral, Anti-Infectious ++ (α-pinene, monoterpene carbides): alpha-pinene is an HSV-1 antiviral and it is certain that the more essential oil contains, the more it is antiviral and anti-infectious. In this case, the essential oil of Cypress de Provence contains 40 to 65% alpha pinene.

  • Antifungal, Bactericidal ++ (monoterpene carbides): the essential oil of Provence cypress has a very effective action against bacteria and fungi reinforced by the action of the monoterpenes that compose it.

  • Spasmolytic + (monoterpene esters): the essential oil of Cypress of Provence thanks to the alpha-terpenyl acetate intervenes by ion channels on the nervous system which makes it possible to counter muscle spasms.

But also these secondary properties
  • anti-oxidant

Botanical characteristics
  • Latin name: Cupressus sempervirens L.
  • Other name: Ever-green cypress
  • Botanical family: Cupressaceae
  • Distilled part: twigs
  • Country of origin: Madagascar
Biochemical characteristics
  • α-pinene: 40 to 65%
  • δ-3-carene: 12 to 25%
Physical characteristics
  • Density at 20 ° C: 0.860 to 0.886
  • Refractive index at 20 ° C: 1.468 to 1.478
  • Rotary power at 20 ° C: 0 ° to 30 °
  • Flash point: + 35 ° C
Organoleptic characteristics
  • Appearance: liquid
  • Color: pale yellow to orange-yellow
  • Odor: fresh, woody, rustic, resinous
Aromeya offers cypress essential oil in the following cases:
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Problems with blood circulation in the legs such as varicose veins or edema, heavy legs
  • Congestion (prostate, urinary, venous, lymphatic, etc.)
  • Drainage, clearance
  • Cough
External use
For heavy legs, Aromeya recommends 1 to 3 drops of essential oil of cypress diluted with vegetable oil 2 times a day in massage by bringing the blood back to the heart. 3 drops of oil can also be diluted beforehand in milk or egg yolk, in lukewarm water twice a day for a foot bath.

A mixture of 3 drops of essential oil of cypress mixed with 2 drops of essential oil of lemon and diluted in a vegetable oil is an effective remedy against cellulite.

For menopause problems, painful periods, cramps, diarrhea, arthritis, rheumatism, pour a few drops of cypress essential oil in your bath.

Diluted on a cold compress, cypress essential oil is very effective against nosebleeds.

Avoid using cypress essential oil for sensitive and delicate skin.

Medical advice

Seek medical advice before use for people with asthma and epilepsy (high dose epileptogenic risk).

Children over 3 years old can use this essential oil by application to the skin or through the respiratory tract (diffusion and inhalation).

Skin application

The essential oil of Cypress de Provence is rich in terpenes and therefore very irritating to the skin. It must be diluted to 20% in a vegetable oil before any skin application (20% essential oil and 80% vegetable oil).

This essential oil can also be used in diluted skin application in pregnant women, on medical advice.

In ingestion

The oral route should only be used for a very short time, with medical supervision in the event of resistance to treatment. No prolonged use without the advice of a therapist.

This essential oil can be nephrotoxic after ingestion of a large dose and over a long period.

In broadcast

The essential oil of Cypress de Provence can be used in atmospheric diffusion for pregnant women and babies.


The essential oil of Cypress de Provence is not recommended if users have a history of hormone-dependent cancers (breasts, uterus, testes, etc.) or in the event of mastosis or fibroma.
Allergenic components

Provence Cypress essential oil contains two allergenic biochemical components.
  • limonene (≤ 5%)
  • linalool (≤ 2%)

Note: It is best to test the essential oil before using it (two drops in the crook of the elbow for at least 24 hours to check that there is no reaction).

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