Of Cipresso. cap. 24.
CIpressus is called Ciparistus in Greeke, as Isidorus saith, lib. 17. For the head thereof ariseth round and sharpe vpwarde as a toppe, or a Pineapple with the point vpward. And such a point is called Conon, as it were another roundnesse. And the fruite thereof is of such a manner disposition, and hath this name therefore, and is called Conus. And to Cipresses are names and called Consete. This foresaid Cipres trée hath vertue much lyke vnto the Ceder tree, And is formable and necessarye to edist∣eng and building of Towres and Tem∣ples, and for other greate and pompeous coifices. And for because it may not not, •efayleth neuer, but abideth and duteth and lasteth alwayes in the first estate and condition: and hath a right good sa∣uour A most swéetest smelling. Therfore in olde time men vsed for to make fire and fume of the braunches and twigges thereof, for to destroye and put awaye the stench and loathsome sauoure of dead carrions, and other daungerous and conlagious ayres. Huc vsque Isi∣dorus.
The Cipres Tree is hot in the first degree, and it is also drie in the seconde degree. The Apples of ye sayd Tree, and ye stocke and leaues, be according and right necessary to medicine, as Platearius say∣eth. For they be sowre and healing, and sendereth and fasteneth. Therefore they Page 282〈…〉 for to helpe against ye flures of the wombe, which commeth for de∣falt of the vertue retenlers; if it be made in pouder, and then receiued in meat or in drink and is medicinable, and helpeth against the sicknesse, & the passion Illiaca: and helpeth against the disease and ach of the loynes, if it be prepared and fodde its pit water. And Wine watered with the foresaid water & leaues of Cipres, clean∣seth, purgeth, and putteth away the cor∣ruption and filth of new woundes, and cureth and healeth the: euill, which is called Sacer agnis, called in English, the holy fire: and purgeth and cleanseth snée∣ueling nosethrills. And doth alwaye the stench, and stauncheth bléeding. The séeds of the sayd Cipres trée with drie figges, tempereth the hardnesse of the Reume, of stauncheth the fluxe: and helpeth against the venimous and deadly Postume, that is called Antrax, and beareth downe the mallice thereof, & letteth the spreading thereof, and withstandeth venimous bi∣ting. Dioscorides rehearseth al these ver∣tues of Cypres and many moe. Plinius lib. 17. cap. 33. sayeth, that the Cypres is a trée with many boughs and hath voire knappes in stéede of fruit, and hath bit∣ter leaues, and a violent smell, and gra∣cious shadow. Of Cipres is double man∣ner kind, male and female. The female is barren and faire in sight, ye boughs ther∣of be thicke at the top, and wound toge∣thers. The boughs of the male dée more thin, and if they be cut, they burgen as gaine.
(*The fruit of Cypres taken into the body, stoppeth the laske and blondy flixe: it is good against he spitting of blond, the decoction made with water hath the same vertue.)