Western Red Cedar, Hong Shan Shu

Thuja plicata

Western Red Cedar is an evergreen coniferous tree that grows in lush forests throughout North America, often with Douglas Fir and hemlock trees. Cedar is the cornerstone of Northwest US coastal regions and the Canadian Salish First Nations culture. Cedar was used for everything from clothing, baskets, rope and totems, to tools, canoes and cooking. It is thought that by standing with your back to a Red Cedar you will gain strength along your spinal cord and root deeply into the Earth. The fresh fronds are high in volatile oils that have a strong anti-septic and cleansing property.

Parts Used:

fresh and dried leaves

Key Actions & Healing Properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic
  • Expectorant, clears respiratory tract
  • Boost Immune system