Cypress, standing for us during times of lossUncategorized / By Jennifer Kruidbos Cypress You stand for us. Emotionally, you accompany us in times of loss. Physically, you heal wounds, ease muscle pain and more. Here are the reasons I, the healers, and the poets, love you, Cypress. Studies linked here, organized alphabetically. 1. You kill bacteria, help heal wounds, ease muscle pain, and restless leg syndrome. 4-5 drops in a 10 ml roller, rolled on sore area. 2. You improve circulation and help ease chronic pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome. 3. A 2007 study found you have hepatoprotective (preventing damage to the liver) activity. 4. Your astringent properties help with heavy menstruation, and blood clotting. (diluted over abdomen) 5. You help us breathe better (rub diluted over lungs, under nose, diffuse, or add 3 drops to boiling water, and inhale vapor with towel over your head) 6. You lower anxiety (self massage diluted, or diffuse) You are strong, so strong, in fact after a devastating 5 day forest fire in 2012, burned 20 000 hectors of forest to the ground in the Valencian village of Andilla, 946 of you stood amidst the charred landscape. You have been studied for fire and drought resistance, and are resistant to drought. Is this why your trees are planted at cemeteries in Europe and in the Muslim world? Is this why the poets write about you as they lament death and mourning? Is it because you stand tall for us when we feel like crumbling? Your aroma keeps us grounded and energized, so that amidst our grief, we can rest without falling into depression. We can stay in action without being manic. Resilient, though, if you are cut back too harshly, you won’t grow back, reminding us of life’s fragility, and to be grateful for each moment. If only I had known about your power 20 years ago. I am honored to share your medicine with people grieving loss today.