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Cypress: improves blood circulation, relieves pain and takes care of the liver

Phytotherapy is a source of wisdom that reveals the properties of medicinal plants and the uses that have traditionally been put into practice in the popular medicine of civilizations around the world.

In this article we tell you all the most important information about Cypress: what it is, what its medicinal action is, what it is good for, different ways of using it and the possible contraindications to its use.

 

What is the Cypress?

Known as common cypress, Mediterranean cypress, or Italian cypress, Cupressus sempervirens is a species of evergreen in the botanical family Cupresáceas. This tree can reach about 30 meters in height and a longevity of more than 1000 years.

It is a tree with a characteristic, pyramidal or fastigated shape, with a narrow, pointed and closed crown, whose branches have a closed angle of insertion.

It is a species native to the Eastern Mediterranean, where it is believed that about two thousand years ago it formed large forest masses, but is currently cultivated as an ornamental tree around the world, in areas where there are hot and dry summers and mild winters. and rainy.

Since ancient times, the Greeks considered it a funerary symbol, its wood has been used in different buildings and in naval construction at different times.

Its leaves , shaped like a scale and dark green, are the part used in traditional medicine for the preparation of ointments and decoctions that are used to relieve colds, coughs and bronchitis , as well as for the treatment of varicose veins, varicose ulcers, hemorrhoids and prostate problems .

The dried fruits and seeds have also been used in preparations to treat wounds, ulcers, bruises, sores, pimples and skin eruptions .

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Cypress medicinal action

The common cypress contains essential oil with camphene, alpha-pinene and cedrol, alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, saponins and phenols, with astringent, antidiarrheal, hemostatic, venotonic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antiviral properties .

Studies on the chemical composition have also confirmed its antimicrobial and antioxidant activity .

Due to the significant amount of pinene in its composition, cypress has a stimulating and purifying action , acting on the glands of the tracheo-bronchial mucosa and the nephrons of the kidney to eliminate accumulated fluids in the body.

What is cypress good for?

In addition to the therapeutic uses of Cypress previously indicated, the traditional use of Cupressus sempervirens is usually indicated to strengthen blood vessels, so it is recommended in the relief of:

  • Varicose veins and phlebitis , both internally and externally applied in compresses on the affected area, or combining both routes.
  • Hemorrhoids , both internally and in sitz baths and compresses.
  • Menstrual pain, applying warm compresses on the abdominal area.
  • Dry cough and bronchitis , through inhalations.
  • Itching and excessive sweating can be improved by applying compresses.
  • Warts, varicose ulcers and to mitigate rheumatic pain , compresses are placed in all cases.

cypress, what is it good for?

How to use the Cypress

Young and immature leaves are harvested, especially in spring, which are those that contain a complex composition and a pleasant smell with significant amounts of tannins.

Please, whenever you use medicinal plants, when buying them try to choose those that have been grown without using pesticides. For your health, we recommend Ecological Cypress , healthier and the best option.

The fresh and dried leaves can be used directly, preparing decoctions , and then applied topically in the form of washes and compresses , or for the preparation of ointments . They can be left to dry to use in the same way on other occasions.

How to prepare the decoction of cypress : in a pot or small saucepan we put a liter of water and add 50 grams of dried cypress leaves. We put it over high heat and once it starts to boil we lower it to medium heat and leave it for 30 minutes. We will leave the saucepan partially covered. After the indicated time, it is filtered and used when it has cooled to room temperature.

To make the cypress infusion to use internally, you just have to put a teaspoon of the dried plant (about 5 grams) for every 200 ml of water. The dried cypress leaves are put in the cup and the water is added. Cover and let it rest for about 5 minutes. When it is ready, it is filtered and allowed to cool a little before drinking it. You can sweeten it with honey , agave syrup or another sweetener of your choice.

It is also easy to make cypress tincture , allowing the dried and crushed gálbulas to macerate in 60º alcohol, in a proportion of 10 grams of dry substance in 100 cc of alcohol. Cypress tincture can be used internally and externally. Externally through compresses or, internally, taking 20 drops a day diluted in a glass of water before meals.

The essential oil of cypress is obtained from the fresh leaves and gallbules by distillation in two phases, and is used in aromatherapy for its pleasant tonic and camphor scent, in addition to its decongestant properties and to stimulate pancreatic, liver and kidney functions .

It is also marketed, in addition to essential oil and tincture in different proportions and dilutions, in formulations with other extracts indicated for treatments specified in each case, so it is advisable to follow the indicated dosage on each occasion.

Along with this, the cypress is also usually found in different commercial cosmetic and personal hygiene preparations, due to its pleasant smell and properties.

Possible contraindications

Cupressus sempervirens essential oil stimulates the uterine muscles, which is why it is contraindicated during pregnancy, lactation and in people with respiratory failure.

Pure essential oil can be irritating and toxic, so it is recommended to follow the dosage indicated in the commercial presentation, using domestic preparations exclusively for external use.

It is recommended to perform a topical test, on an area of ​​healthy skin, waiting a while to verify that no swelling or irritation occurs.

Remember that this is general information and in no case does it replace personalized medical advice. Consult with a healthcare professional who can plan a treatment tailored to your specific physical conditions and needs.

Consulted bibliography

  • “Botanical, Ecological and Use Considerations of the Mediterranean Cypress”, Beranbé Moya and José Moya. Monumental Trees Department, IMELSA, Valencia Provincial Council.
  • “Navarra, Medicinal Plants”, Luis Miguel García Bona. nineteen eighty one
  • “Common medicinal plants in the Iberian Peninsula”, Guillermo Velasco de Cos. University of Salamanca. 2015.
  • “Medical importance of Cupressus sempervirens- A review”, Prof. Dr. Ali Esmail Al-Snafi. IOSR Journal of Pharmacy, vol. 6. Issue 6. Version 2. 2016
  • “Chemical composition and Antioxidant activity of essential oils form Cupressus sempervirens. v ar . sempervirens, C. sempervirens. Cereiformis and C. sempervirens var. horizentalis ”, Maryam Jahani, Maryam Akaberi, Mohammad Hasanzadeh Khayyat and Seyed Ahmad Emami. Journgal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants. 2019
  • “Introduction to aromatherapy”, Sonia Lorenzo.

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