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Thuja Occidentalis

Northern White Cedar

Known as northern white cedar, is an evergreen coniferous tree that is native to Canada and most of the north-central and northeastern United States. The leaves and leaf oil from this tree are used as a medicine that can help treat infections such as bronchitis, bacterial skin infections, and cold sores. 

Thuja Occidentalis


Northern white-cedar, eastern white-cedar, or arborvitae, is an evergreen coniferous tree




Thuja occidentalis is an antiseptic, immune stimulant, and emmenagogue.


Thuja occidentalis is known to loosen phlegm, boost your immune system, can work as a diuretic, treat skin conditions such as warts, and help with muscle and joint pain.


    Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar) has many benefits including supporting respiratory health and conditions such bronchitis and asthma. Thuja oil, derived from the tree, can also treat skin conditions such as warts, ringworm, and other fungal infections. The tress antioxidant properties can also neutralize free radicals in the body while the anti-inflammatory effects can help treat inflammation in the body. 


    Thuja occidentalis is utilized in various ways for its potential health benefits. It can be prepared as herbal teas or tinctures for respiratory and immune system support and the Thuja oil, extracted from the leaves, is applied topically for skin conditions like warts and fungal infections. The plant is also used in homeopathy and aromatherapy. 


    Indigenous peoples in North America utilized the Thuja occidentalisfor practical purposes like crafting tools and shelters while also recognizing its medicinal properties. Introduced to Europe in the 16th century, it gained recognition in European herbal medicine for its potential in treating respiratory issues and skin ailments. With symbolic significance, it was considered sacred by many Native American tribes and associated with protection and longevity.

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