Cedar (Thuja plicata) throughout North America and has been revered by indigenous tribes throughout time. It is considered sacred and holy. It’s clusters of leaves have been used in place of sage smudging because of its powerful scent and properties. Besides, the use of the cedar trees leaves its berries, bark and branches are also used for medicine. Cedar trees are even mentioned in the Christian Bible into reference of the Cedar of Lebanon: “The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar in Lebanon” (Psalm 92:12).
Cedars have many properties such as Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Astringent, Anti-microbial, Diuretic, Anti-asthmatic, and Anti-fungal. What does that mean to me and you? It means healing is right in your front and back yard, garden, on your hiking, forest, and neighborhood. Now, do understand there are male and female. The males unfortunately are the ones that make you sneeze. The male carries a lot of yellow powdery pollen so you can always tell in the spring by sneezing or seeing the yellow pollen on the tree that you possibly came in contact with a male. The female has the berries which are widely used in culinary dishes as well for medicine. Tinctures, extracts and teas are made from all parts of the tree. A good tea can be dipped in moderation from 1-3 cups weekly. However, cedar tea should only be drunken when needed and extreme moderation.
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