Herbs

Cedar Whole Leaf

OVERVIEW

Common Name: Standardized: western red cedar

Botanical Name: Thuja plicata Donn ex D. Don
Plant Family:Cupressaceae

BENEFITS

  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Diuretic
  • Emmenagogue: offers relief from obstructed menses as well as from the abdominal pains, cramps, nausea, and fatigue associated with periods
  • Stimulant: Besides stimulating blood circulation, it stimulates the secretion of hormones, enzymes, gastric juices, acids, and bile, as well as stimulating peristaltic motion, and the nerves, heart, and brain

Source organicfacts.net

INTRODUCTION

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.

CONSTITUENTS

Thujone (toxic), pinene, caryophyllene, pinipicrin, tannin, and resin.

PARTS USED

Leaves, branch tips, bark, seeds, oil.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

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.

PRECAUTIONS

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.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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