Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) creates the space for the ease of transition. Whether it is letting go of a relationship, an aspect of yourself, or this next breath, Cypress can help you emerge out of the cycle of being both ready to start but afraid to try.
The pungent, woody, astringent scent of the Cypress essential oil is effective in both clearing the lungs from bronchial congestion and supporting the body in fighting off a cough or a cold. It is a great choice for diffusing in the air or applying as a chest rub. It is also known to help in cases of stagnation, which can appear as varicosities, hemorrhoids, or poor circulation. There are several reasons why daily self-massage with Cypress is a great choice for self-care.
Similarly, Cypress can aid in the stagnation of our growth cycle. Its scent is both sharp and strong with an almost haunting base note that is more comforting than frightening in times of contemplation and solitude. Cypress is particularly appropriate when we need help at the end of a relationship, either with someone or something on the outside--or even a part of ourselves.
As you inhale Cypress, feel the impulse to shift towards the center. Feel your spine extend to be as tall as the trunk of one of those evergreens. Feel the support of the earth and imagine you have another Cypress on either side. Be able to see yourself both apart from them and a part with them. Notice the juxtaposition of being together and apart.
Cypress can help us to brave the wilderness of standing on our own in this challenging world. Allow the scent and your breath to recover the solid ground of your being.