Cedar

eastern white cedar ©iStockphoto.com/daveloganIdentification

  • Large conifer tree with rough, crumbly bark
  • Leaves scaly and very fragrant

Location

  • Moist areas in forests and swamps or near water

Harvesting Time

  • Year-round

Uses and Related Information

  • Tea made from the leaves soothes the throat, and tea made from the bark and branches aids kidney function
  • Soaking in bath water containing cedar leaves can help soothe rashes, skin irritation and shingles
  • Cedar oil can be produced by putting the cedar buds/tips in a jar with olive oil and letting it sit, sealed, for 4-6 weeks. This oil can be used to treat warts and cold sores, as well as being a natural insect repellent

Cautions

Consume only a small quantity, because cedar leaves release small amounts of toxins

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