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Pacific red cedar (Thuja plicata)


antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant

Areas of application:

Boils, ringworm, fungal skin infections, wounds, swelling, soothes irritated skin, carbuncles, boils, supports the heart, relieves inflammation, pain, muscle and joint problems, arthritis, dandruff, warts, vaginal infections, athlete's foot, stimulates the immune system, respiratory infections , mucus in the paranasal sinuses, chronic cough

Plant parts used:

Bark, leaves, roots, essential oils from wood, cones and twig tips are poisonous.

Collection time:

Late summer to early fall

To find:

In North America, on moist soils and cooler climates.


essential oils, thujone, camphor, flavonoids, sesquiterpenes, polysaccharides


☕ Tea: Crush 1 tablespoon of fresh or dried leaves and pour 1 cup of cold water over it. Then let it steep overnight or for several hours. Drink 1/4 to 1/2 cup, twice daily. Store the rest in the refrigerator.

The Pacific red cedar, with its height of up to 60 meters and a circumference of 6 meters, seems impossible to miss. It is an evergreen tree with a broad base, fluted trunk and gray to cinnamon red bark. The leaves are greenish-yellow with flat, opposite scales. The branches are often curved towards the sky. In late fall, the tree fills with round flowers, giving it a golden appearance, especially when the pollen is released in a thick yellow cloud. The calyxes produce small seed cones with 8 to 12 scales. Each cone is approximately 3.75 cm long.

🛑 The Pacific red cedar contains powerful medicine and should only be used in moderation and carefully. It should not be used during pregnancy as it stimulates uterine contraction and can cause miscarriage. Some people are allergic to the tree and skin irritation can be severe. The oil should be tested on a very small area of skin and monitored for a few days. The Pacific red cedar should only be used in small doses and only over a short period of time. Please do not use if you have weak kidneys and be careful if you have an upset stomach.

The wood (red cedar) is used to make guitars and shingles, as well as boats, sheds and greenhouses. Indigenous peoples used it to make canoes, houses and totem poles, and the bark was woven into ropes and nets, baskets and clothing.

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