Cupressus lusitanica grows in Mexico and Central America, and is the species used by the medicine men and women we have encountered. It is an evergreen that grows to at least 100 feet and has scale-like leaves. There are many species of cypress growing throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Unlike other herbs, which vary by species in their applications, all types of cypress have much the same use.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Mexico and Central America
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Astringent, anti-aging, antiperspirant, antibacterial, antispasmodic, nervine, skin tonic, muscle relaxant, aromatic. Treats dandruff, bacterial or fungal skin infections, cellulite, varicose veins, broken capillaries, poor circulation, ovarian dysfunction. Wood used for incense. Foliage used for respiratory tract.
For dandruff, infuse 1 cup olive oil with a macerated 3-inch piece of foliage for 1 week. After 1 week, dilute with water, and use a small amount as a leave-in treatment on clean, towel-dried hair. You may wish to combine this with clary sage for aroma. This same oil is used as a massage oil for cellulite, varicose veins, and poor circulation. You may also use 10 drops cypress extract into sweet almond oil for this.
To calm the nerves, boil a large handful of foliage in a quart of water. Slowly and deeply inhale the scent. Also to calm the nerves, you may use a few drops of cypress oil in a warm bath. It's wonderful combined with rose, jasmine, or geranium oils.