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Salish names for Western red cedar include “Long Life Giver”, “Rich Woman Maker” and “Mother.” It is a powerful antimicrobial and antifungal. Thuja is a common topical wart remover, applied as a strong tea or an essential oil. Cedar stimulates the immune system, and has an affinity with the lungs. It can also be inhaled as a steam for respiratory infections. The leaves make a wonderful smudge; its energy is considered protective and purifying. It contains thujone, which is toxic in large amounts. When consumed internally, this plant is usually taken in smaller doses and for short periods of time.
*Red cedar contains the toxic compound thujone. People have died from excess doses of this and other thujone-containing plants. It is a small-dose herb, and not for long-term use. Best avoided during pregnancy and lactation. This is not a complete list of all possible contraindications*
THS recommends that you consult with a qualified healthcare professional before using herbal products, particularly if you take other medications, or if you are nursing, pregnant, or expecting to become pregnant.This information is for education purposes, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
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