Family Name: Cupressaceae
Botanical Name(s): Cupressus Empervirens
Popular Name(s): Taxodium mucronatum, Montezuma Cypress,
Parts Used: Branches and Essential Oil
Habitat: Indigenous to Turkey and cultivated throughout the
Description: The cypress is an evergreen tree, growing to 100
feet, having tiny dark green, feathery leaves and male and female cones.
The herb is gathered in the spring. Native to Mexico, the Montezuma
Cypress looks a little like the giant cypress trees, with a brown bark,
brilliant blue-green foliage, and conical fruit.
Uses: It is an expectorant for head colds, coughs, bronchitis,
and for whooping cough. Externally, it is used in ointment or lotion
forms and applied to varicose veins and hemorrhoids. All parts of the
tree are used to heal hemorrhoids, varicose veins, chest congestion,
scabies and wounds.