English/ Common name- Golden Cypress

Botanical name- Xanthocyparis vietnamensis

Appearance- Cypress trees have a straight trunk that tapers at the base, giving it a soaring perspective. In cultivated landscapes, they grow 50 to 80 feet (15-24 m.) tall with a spread of 20 to 30 feet (6-9 m.). These deciduous conifers have short needles with a feathery appearance. Most varieties have needles that turn brown in winter, but a few have lovely yellow or gold fall colors.

Origin- It is native to subtropical regions of Asia, Europe, and North America.

Conditions required for growth- Golden cypress grows well in light sandy or loam soil. Cypress trees will grow with partial shade, but they perform best in full sun. Established trees can tolerate both wet conditions and drought, but water the tree at least once per week during the first summer after planting, especially if the weather is dry.

Uses- Golden cypress improves the health of the respiratory tracts and boosts the strength of the immune system. It also prevents fungal infections and it boosts the health of your hair. The tree increases protection against certain skin conditions, reduces inflammation, and speeds wound healing.

Common remedies-

  • For treating acne (Part of the tree used - Leaves): Apply a few drops of decoction of the leaves (diluted in a carrier oil) directly onto the face after cleansing, avoiding the eye area. It is a great spot treatment for the occasional pimple as well as a regular face treatment for acne-prone skin.

Hazards- The plant parts of cypress are not known as allergenic substances, although if you do use the essential oil, never consume the potent mix of chemicals without direct supervision and oversight of your medical professional. Serious complications can result from consumption without strict direction.

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