Cedar Canoewood


Traditional Use: Cedar is offered to the sacred fire during sweat lodge ceremonies, burned during prayers and, when boiled, can purify indoor air and be used for cedar baths. As a tea, it can help to reduce fevers, rheumatic symptoms and relieve symptoms of chest colds and the flu.

Common Use: People take Eastern red cedar for cough, bronchitis, joint pain (rheumatism), water retention, and flatulence. They also take it to improve appetite and digestion, and as a treatment for fungal infections and worms.

Dispensing: Cedar leaves contain thujone, which can be toxic in large amounts, so stick to about 1 cup per week. Children 5 years or older can drink a weak preparation of this tea.


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