The thuja is a small evergreen tree native to the US and Canada, from central Saskatchewan to New Brunswick down to the Appalachian Mountains in Tennesee. Common names include Eastern Arborvitae, American Arborvitae, Techny Arborvitae, or just Arborvitae. Other names by which this tree is known include Northern Whitecedar, Eastern Whitecedar or White Cedar, and Swamp Cedar, though it’s not a cedar at all.
Thuja occidentalis is a very long living tree. The oldest specimen found (dead) had over 1,650 growth rings.
In 1731, the French explorer, Sieur de la Verendrye, described a mature tree growing out of a cliff face on Lake Superior in Cook County, Minnesota. That tree, referred to as The Witch Tree, is still living today. It is also called Manido Giizhigance, or Little Cedar Spirit Tree by the Ojibwa Indian tribe. This tribe holds this tree sacred and leave offerings of tobacco to ensure a safe journey on Lake Superior.
In the winter of 1535 to 1536 Jacques Cartier and his men used an evergreen tree as a remedy against scurvy, which is generally thought to be Thuga o. The foliage of this tree is rich in vitamin C.
The Witch Tree or Little Cedar Spirit Tree
This oil was used as incense by ancient civilizations for ritual purposes. A decoction (a process to extract flavor by boiling) of leaves has been used for coughs, fever, intestinal parasites, cystitis and venereal diseases.
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Botanical Name - Thuja occidentalis
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled
Parts Used - Leaves
Note Classification - Top
Aroma - Sharp, fresh, camphoraceous
Largest Producing Countries - Canada and USA
Traditional Use - Used in pharmaceutical products such as disinfectants and sprays; also as a counter-irritant in analgesic ointments and liniments.
Properties - Antirheumatic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insect repellent, rubefacient, stimulant (nerves, uterus and heart muscles), tonic, and vermifuge.
Benefits - None. Thuja oil shouldn’t be used in aromatherapy.
Safety Data -
is an oral toxin and is poisonous due to high thujone content, so avoid exposing it to the mouth or mucuous membranes. This oil insn’t to be used while pregnant. External use of this oil may cause irritation so please use caution.
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