Cypress essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and cones of the cypress tree. The woodsy scent is said to be grounding and to help with concentration and focus and to help gather scattered thoughts. It helps us cope with change and brings about a sense of stability even in the face of change. It soothes the nervous system during times of stress and helps strengthen the psyche. It is particularly comforting for those mourning the death of a loved one. For this purpose, it can be dabbed on the body, added to a massage oil or placed in an oil burner.
The scent of cypress may also be inhaled to treat nasal congestion.
Cypress resin incense or needles may be burned to purify ritual space.
The fragrance of cypress is especially suited to funerary rites and other rites honoring the beloved dead, such as Samhain festivals.