Standardized: western red cedar
Thuja plicata Donn ex D. Don
Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Cedar is native to North America, and was once used by the Native Americans to create canoes, earning it the title "Canoewood". It was later affectionately nicknamed 'Arbor Vitae', a French term for Tree of Life, after supposedly curing one of Jacques Cartier's men of scurvy during a 16th century expedition. As a result, Thuja occidentalis was imported to Europe for its medicinal properties, but now is primarily viewed as an ornamental tree.
Leaves, branch tips, bark, seeds, oil.
Tea, incense, in ceremony, in sachets, and as an extract. The leaves have an aromatic flavor and scent, and may be used with caution as a tea. The extract has antibacterial and constricting properties when used externally on skin, and may be a skin irritant.
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Not for long-term use; do not exceed recommended dose.
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