Cypress toxicity

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.

(Cupressus sempervirens)


Photo of cypress fruits

Photo of cypress fruits

Is cypress toxic?

No, cypress (Cupressus sempervirens ) is considered safe when used at recommended doses. No significant side effects or toxic effects are described at therapeutic doses.

The essential oil of this plant contains toxic substances, so it should not be used in high doses. Cypress essential oil is toxic if the dose is exceeded.

For medicinal use, usually cypress ball-shaped fruits are used, and to a lesser extent, the tree branches.

* More information on contraindications of cypress in the listing above.

What components cypress has?

  • Essential oil (0.4%): alpha and beta pinene, camphene, terpineol and triterpene alcohols such as cedrol. Cedrol contained in the essential oil, which is also known as camphor, has antiseptic and antispasmodic effect.

  • Tannins (35%): catechin, catechol.

  • Flavonoids: amentoflavone, cupresflavone (mainly in the leaves), leucoanthocyanidins.

Dangers of cypress

Cypress essential oil is neurotoxic and oxytocic. Because oxytocin stimulates uterine musculature, the plant is totally contraindicated in pregnant women.

More information on cypress.

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

19 March, 2019

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