|Monterey cypress Quick Facts|
|Scientific Name:||Cupressus macrocarpa|
|Origin||Eastern Mediterranean region, North America and subtropical Asia at high altitudes|
|Shapes||Globose to oblong, 20–40 mm long (Cones)|
Facts About Monterey cypress
|Scientific Name||Cupressus macrocarpa|
|Native||Eastern Mediterranean region, North America and subtropical Asia at high altitudes|
|Common/English Name||Monterey cypress, Monterey-pine, Macrocarpa, Gopher Wood|
|Name in Other Languages||Spanish: ciprés, ciprés Monterrey|
|Plant Growth Habit||Medium-sized coniferous evergreen tree|
|Soil||Well-drained loamy or peaty|
|Plant Size||40 meters (133 feet) high|
|Bark||Thick, reddish brown|
|Bole||170 cm in diameter|
|Leaf||Scale-like, 2–5 mm long|
|Parts used||Cones or nuts|
|Seed cones||Globose to oblong, 20–40 mm long|
|Pollen cones||3–5 mm long|
Monterey cypress is a medium sized coniferous evergreen tree which is irregular and flat topped as a result of strong winds which are typical of its native area. It reaches to the height of 40 meters in perfect growing conditions and the trunk diameter reaches 2.5 meters. Foliage grows in dense sprays which are bright green and releases a deep lemony aroma when crushed. Leaves are scale like about 2-5 mm long and produced on rounded shoots. Seed cones are globose to oblong about 20-40 mm long having 6-14 scales. It is green at first and matures to brown about 20-24 months after pollination. Pollen cones are 3-5 mm long and releases pollen in late winter or early spring.
- Cones and young branches are antipyretic, anthelmintic, antiseptic, antirheumatic, balsamic, astringent and vasoconstrictive.
- Use it internally for whooping cough, spasmodic coughs, spitting up of blood, flu, colds and sore throats.
- Apply it externally as lotion or diluted essential oil for haemorrhoids and varicose veins.
- Foot bath of cones is used to cleanse feet and control excessive sweating.
- The essential oil is used in aromatherapy.
- Decoction made from foliage is used for treating rheumatism.
- If the gums are spongy in pyorrhoea, and bleeding gums where the teeth feel loose, rinse the mouth with the tea several times a day for results. Place a few of the cones, with water, in a covered container and simmer for 10 min.
Dose: Internally, 2 tablespoons every 2 hr.
Homoeopathic Clinical: Tincture of berries and leaves—Keloed, Tumours, Warts.