The Mediterranean cypress has several applications and it is interesting to note that one popular application of this tree is in the form of a foot bath. You may place the cones of the tree in hot water bath and soak your feet in it to obtain several helpful organic compounds contained by the tree. When the cones are placed in hot water, they release several therapeutic compounds which possess the ability to perk up your immune system in the feet considerably. It has been found that bacterial and fungal infections usually occur in the extremities and using the Mediterranean cypress may help to prevent profuse sweating in your feet. In fact, such excessive sweating promotes occurrence of fungal infections such as athlete's foot. However, it is possible to prevent such infections by taking foot bath in hot water containing cypress cones. This will prove to be highly beneficial for people who have a tendency to be on their feet or wear shoes for prolonged periods. The essential oil of Mediterranean cypress is generally employed in aromatherapy, especially for treating problems related to the respiratory system. In addition, drinking a decoction prepared from the needles of the tree can also provide equally effective relief to people who are suffering from various respiratory problems like asthma, nasal drip, bronchitis, chronic congestion, or various other inflammations in the respiratory tract. Such people will obtain the optimum benefits provided they consume the decoction every day. However, you should know that this decoction is a very potent tea and one should never use it in excess. This decoction can also be applied topically to the scalp and hair with a view to invigorate follicle beds as well as glands, thereby resulting in richer and stronger hair. This also ensures the rich gloss of the hair and helps to prevent hair from falling out. In addition, the decoction of cypress needles also possesses the aptitude to aid in reducing dandruff by ensuring that the skin on the scalp does not dry out. Acne is a very common, but very bothersome skin condition, which affects several million people across the globe. Fortunately, there are a number of traditional medicines which are effective in alleviating this problem. In fact, people across the world depend on many such natural traditional remedies for treating acne effectively. You may apply a salve prepared by blending the decoction made from cypress needles and a suitable carrier oil to your skin with a view to stay free from bacterial infections like acne and, at the same time, alleviate swelling and inflammation of the sebum glands, which have the potential to worsen acne. Aside from this, these cypress salves are also frequently used to accelerate the healing process and also diminish the appearance of blemishes and scars on the skin. Therefore, the Mediterranean cypress is considered to be a valuable tree for treating various types of skin problems. The decoction prepared from cypress needles can be taken orally as well as applied topically in the form of a solution. In both cases, this herbal remedy helps to decrease internal as well as external inflammations. This cypress decoction is extremely beneficial for people suffering from arthritis, inflammatory muscle conditions and gout, as it possesses that aptitude to provide relief from pain and uneasiness. In addition, formulations prepared from different parts of the Mediterranean cypress also have the potential to calm the different organ systems of our body, which may also be inflamed owing to nutritional deficiency or any type of infection, thereby helping the body to recuperate faster. You can also apply the cypress salve mentioned above to hemorrhoids for eliminating pain and also reducing inflammation. While scientists are yet to ascertain the precise mechanism of this remedy completely, people have been using the needles and decoction of Mediterranean cypress for several years to treat and get rid of varicose veins. Use of the decoction for this purpose as well as others is strongly supported by traditional herbal medicine. However, the contemporary medical community as well as researchers are yet to substantiate this specific application of the decoction prepared from the Mediterranean cypress needles.
A species of cypress, the Mediterranean cypress has its origin in the eastern region of the Mediterranean, including the northeast of Libya, western Syria, southern part of Greece, Israel, Lebanon, western Jordan, northern Egypt, Cyprus, southern Albania, southern Turkey, Italy, Malta, the southern coastal Croatia (Dalmatia) as well as some regions of Iran. This species is found growing in juniper or pine forests. It is common in rocky soil mainly over limestone slopes as well as in gorges. Sometimes, the Mediterranean cypress is also found growing on igneous rocks. The natural habitat of this species ranges between 90 meters and 1700 meters above sea level. It flourishes in the Mediterranean climate where the summers are hot and dry, while it rains during the winter. Often it is also found growing naturally in the southern Mediterranean regions where the climatic conditions are partially arid. Commercial cultivation: Ideally the Mediterranean or Italian cypress ought to be planted in properly prepared sites and the plants should be watered from time to time till they become well established. Here is a word of caution - you should never prune the Italian cypress. Moreover, this plant is very vulnerable to assaults by mites, which often infest these trees. Usually, this species is propagated from its cuttings or via layering.
There is no report about the parts of the Mediterranean cypress plant causing any allergic reactions. However, if you are using the essential oil of the Mediterranean cypress you should never use it orally, especially when you are not under the direct supervision of a medical professional. As this essential oil is a very strong blend of various chemicals, consuming it can result in severe complication. Hence, it is recommended that you should always be used the Mediterranean cypress essential oil under the supervision of a medical practitioner and always follow the guidelines strictly with a view to avoid any health complication.