Cypress contraindications


What is a cypress?

Photo of cypress fruitsPhoto of cypress fruits

A cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is a tree native to the eastern Mediterranean. Its fruits and branches are used in herbal medicine.

One of the main medicinal virtues of the cypress is for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases which are present in bleeding problems or inflammation of the veins.

The plant has hemostatic, venotonic and vasoconstrictor properties.

Cypress can be used to treats problems from poor circulation in the legs, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and swollen veins (phlebitis).

What contraindications cypress has?

  • Pregnancy and lactation: cypress essential oil is neurotoxic and oxytocic. Because oxytocin stimulates uterine musculature, the plant is totally contraindicated in pregnancy. Use in lactation is not recommended.
  • Hypersensitivity to essential oils.
  • Respiratory problems: Because of its content in cedrol (sedative), cypress essential oil should not be used if people with asthma or respiratory failure.
  • If you are taking medication, consult your doctor before taking remedies with cypress.

More information on cypress.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

5 April, 2022

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