In Greek medicine, cypress was used as an effective astringent, to stop hemorrhage and to treat coughs. Cypress has a very fragrant wood and was used in Roman perfumes. In modern phytotherapy, cypress is employed as a venous decongestant to treat varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and also to relieve menopausal symptoms.
Cypress essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the branches and leaves, and contains alpha-pinene. It has a strong resinous odor and a sweet flavor. It strengthens blood vessels and improves skin microcirculation. The essential oil also has antiseptic and regenerating properties.