The Phoenicians and Cretans used cypress for building ships and bows, while the Egyptians made sarcaphagi from the wood. The Greeks used cypress to carve statues to their gods. The Greek word "sempervivens" for which the botanical name is derived, means "live forever." The tree shares its name with the island of Cypress where it is used for worship. Legend says the cross of Jesus was made from cypress wood. It is often planted in graveyards.
Production Steam distilled from the branches
Plant Origin France, Spain
Aroma Woody and spicy
ORAC Score 243,120 (TE/L)