Isaiah 14:4 “Indeed the cypress trees rejoice over you,
And the cedars of Lebanon,
Saying, ‘Since you were cut down,
No woodsman has come up against us.’”
In Genesis 6:14, God told Noah to make the Ark of gopherwood.
“Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; makes rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”
Although gopher is a transliteration of a Hebrew word whose meaning is unknown, it is believed that Gopherwood is that of the Cypress or Pine trees.
The cypress trees are mentioned throughout the Bible in many different verses from 1 Kings to Zechariah. I chose to quote Isaiah, because it just spoke out to me. The trees, along with the people of God, worshipped and followed Him. In Isaiah, after the fall of Babylon, not only did the people rejoice, but the living earth did too.
It is not just the inhabitants of the earth, and in particular the people of God, who rejoice over Babylon’s downfall, but even the trees, which had been felled to produce siege works.
Cypress trees were used throughout the bible to build, not only the ark, but the doors, walls and floors of temples. In 2 Chronicles 3:1 Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah. It is written in 2 Chronicles 3:5 “The larger room he paneled with cypress which he overlaid with fine gold…”
In history, the wood of the cypress tree was used for ships and bows. The Greeks used it for carving statues of their gods. The Egyptians made sarcophagi (coffins) from the wood. The island of Cyprus was named after the Cypress tree and the tree is actually used there for worship. Today, you could travel to St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican to see the original doors built from the wood of the cypress tree that have lasted over 1,000 years!
Young Living’s Cypress Essential Oil:
The essential oil of the cypress tree is extracted from the actual branches of the tree. It can be used to improve circulation, is anti-infectious, antispasmodic and an antioxidant. It discourages fluid retention; improves respiration and promotes liver health.
I personally love the smell of cypress because it smells very woodsy to me. When applied topically or diffused, it can ease the feeling of loss and create a sense of security. It can help soothe anger and help heal emotional trauma. When applying topically you can massage on the spine, on your feet or armpits, heart or chest. I actually use Cypress in my deodorant!
You can find cypress in a few different Young Living blends and products such as Aroma Life, Aroma Siez, Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil and one of my favorite blends; R.C.
Amanda Urso Perry from Fort Oglethorpe, GA