Health Benefits of Monterey cypress

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Monterey cypress Quick Facts
Name: Monterey cypress
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)
Monterey cypress also known as Cupressus macrocarpa is a species of cypress inherent to Central Coast of California. The best-known species is probably the European or Italian Cypress (Cisemper virens). It is indigenous to the Mediterranean area and is believed by some authors to be the “gopher” wood and cypress referred to in the Bible. Cupressus is represented by twenty or more species ranging from Asia to the Mediterranean, and from southern Oregon to Costa Rica. The habit varies from trees 150 ft. or more in height to small shrubs. The leaves are small (seldom used) triangular, scale-like, closely appressed to the branches, and generally in opposite arrangement. The small ovulate cones are globular, consist of a few knobbed, peltate scales, and require two years to mature. The fruit is ripe about the beginning of winter. Much used in landscapes.

Facts About Monterey cypress

Name 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

Plant description

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.

Medicinal uses

  • 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.

References:

https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=822598#null

https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Cupressus+sempervirens

https://www.treegirl.org/monterey-cypress.html

 

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