Cypress

Latin Name

Cupressus semper virens

Family

Cupressaceae

Chemotype

Pinenes, d-Carene

Distilled Component

Branchlets

Traditionally Known Properties

Anti-inflammatory for the venous and lymphatic system (decongestant and tonic). Neurotonic, balances the central nervous system. Cough suppressant, bronchial antispasmodic. Immunostimulant. Decongestant for the prostate. Mild emmenagogic (regularizes menstruation). Regulates perspiration.

Precautions

Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women. Not recommended either in case of hormonally associated fibroma or in case of mastosis.

Anecdote

The majestic character of the cypress was best rendered by Vincent Van Gogh. The cypress is often associated with graveyards. This is because the Egyptians and the Romans dedicated it to the Gods of Death and Hell. The evergreen aspect of this tree represented life after death. In addition, the Egyptians used the wood to make sarcophagi. Later, the Christians made it the symbol of eternal life.