The healing power of cypress

The cypress is a tree that has inspired many artists. He has a slender and stately appearance. It resembles a column that tapers at the top. The tree is native to the Mediterranean region and can reach a height of 25 meters. The fragrant wood of the tree is a valuable product from which furniture is made. What is less known is that the cypress nut has medicinal properties. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Cypress in Greece / Source: Wojsyl, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)


  • Naming
  • Active substances
  • Cypress in aromatherapy
  • Cypress, good for the veins
  • Other medicinal effects of cypress
  • Dose and safety


The Latin name of cypress is Cupressus sempervirens . In Dutch, this tree with medicinal properties is called cypress or Italian cypress. The Latin name cupressus comes from the Greek name kuparissos which is related to the Hebrew name gopher and the Babylonian name giparu. Cypress is derived from all these names. Sempervirens literally means ‘always green’. This is due to the fact that this conifer always remains green. It is called Italian cypress in Dutch because many cypresses grow in that country. Cyprus is named after the cypress.

Active substances

Cypress nut is used in phytotherapy. This nut contains a lot of essential oil such as the monoterpenes alphapinene and deltacarene. It also contains the sesquiterpene cedrol. It contains the flavanols dimeric and oligomeric proanthocyanidins such as the bisflavonoids amentoflavone and cupressoflavone.

Cypress in aromatherapy

Cypress is used in aromatherapy to treat much the same conditions as in phytotherapy. Yet there are a number of differences. Aromatherapy has slightly more applications. In addition, not the nut is used, but the young twigs. One liter of cypress oil is obtained from 70 kilos of twigs. This is used for colds, rosacea, hoarseness, cough, cramps, flu, asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, painful menstruation, stress, menopausal complaints, hemorrhoids, cellulitis, varicose veins, muscle pain, bedwetting in children, sweaty feet, edema, heavy legs, joint rheumatism, severe hair loss and to wick away moisture. To reduce sweaty feet, you can take a bath with a few drops of cypress oil in it. For most other diseases, you can mix cypress oil with another oil such as rosehip oil and then apply it to the area where the condition is.

Cypress, good for the veins

Cypress is a widely appreciated medicine in phytotherapy. Cypress is a venotonic. A tonic is a tonic and veno refers to the blood vessels. This means that it is a strengthening agent for the blood vessels. It constricts the capillaries and small veins. Due to this medicinal effect, natural medicines based on cypress are used in phytotherapy for the following indications:

The notes of the cypress / Source: Lucarelli, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

  • Varicose veins,
  • Varicose veins accompanied by a feeling of heaviness in the legs,
  • Edema,
  • Nocturnal leg cramps,
  • Swollen ankles and lower legs,
  • Internal and external hemorrhoids,
  • Vein ulcer or open leg,
  • For the prevention of and as an adjunct to phlebitis or phlebitis.

Other medicinal effects of cypress

  • Cypress contains tannins and when ingested these provide an astringent effect on the mucous membrane. This makes cypress an adequate remedy for diarrhea.
  • The effect against hemorrhoids can be applied externally.
  • Cypress essential oil has the same properties as that used in herbal therapy and can also help with benign prostate hypertrophy or benign prostate enlargement and spastic cough.

Dose and safety

There are three different options for using cypress therapeutically. These are below.

  • 20 drops of mother tincture three times a day.
  • Three times 50 to 100 grams of a nebulisate or dry extract.
  • 30 to 60 drops of tincture before each meal.

Using cypress preparations is safe for everyone except infants. Care must be taken when using the essential oil internally.