Scientific Name:Thuja occidentalis
About this Herb:A slow growing American evergreen tree, in the cypress family, it is widely used as an ornamental plant. Scaly leaves grow from fan-like branches with a red-brown furrowed bark that peels, slender yellow-green cones ripen to a brown, this tree grows to heights of 33-66 feet.
Common Names:False White Cedar, Thuja, Tree of Life, Yellow Cedar, American Arborvitae, Arbor Vitae, Atlantic White Cedar, Cedrus Lycea, Eastern White Cedar
Uses:With a myriad of uses, it is considered a sacred tree. It is used in craft, construction as well as medicine. The essential oil (external use only) can be used as an antiseptic, bug repellant, and a ointment. Ointment can be rubbed on swollen painful joints or muscles. Twigs can be used to make teas to relieve constipation and headache. A tincture or ointment can be used for the treatment of warts, ringworm and thrush. Leaf tea is used as a cough calmer and to reduce congestion in the chest.
Applications:Tea: Boil torn leaves in water and allow to steep. Take by teaspoon 1 as needed. Not to exceed 1 cup in a 24 hour period.
Ointment: Boil several torn leaves in lard, and allow to cool.