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Cedar as an Herb

Cedar as an herb

Cedrus spp

Cedar is an evergreen tree that grows up to 60 feet. The tree is native to eastern Canada and the United States and found west to Wisconsin and south to the Carolinas. Cedar was introduced into Britain about 1565 A.D. The tree leaves are scaly and dark green above, pale beneath.

Blocks of cedar wood The wood of the Cedar tree is soft, light and easily worked and has long been of commercial value. Cedar is aromatic with a balsamic odor and a bitter taste.

Before Europeans arrived in North America, Native Americans used the Cedar tree for medicine and to produce artifacts necessary to daily life. Cedar was also used by the Native Americans to make canoes, earning it the title "Canoewood".

Cedar as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

The twigs were official in the USP from 1882 to 1894 as a uterine stimulant and diuretic and in the NF from 1916 to 1936. The distilled leaf oil was official in the USP during the years 1942 to 1950 as a heart and uterine stimulant, and as an antiseptic. It also appeared on the Candian list of Medicinal Plants.

Cedar leaves have been boiled in lard to make a salve to use on rheumatic pain. The fresh leaves were pounded in a mortar and mixed with lard, then heated together in the top of a double boiler until the herb material was spent. Probably several hours; this was then spread on a cloth and applied. The dried leaves have been used for treating burns.

During wartime in North America, Cedar oil was used as a substitute for lavender oil due to a shortage. Now-a-days you can buy a wonderful spray product with both. Amazon sells one called, CedarFresh Cedar Power Spray with Lavender. You can search for it using their search bar to the right.

Native American tribes used cedar in sweat lodges to ease the pain and discomfort of arthritis and rheumatism (tea). They also used it for menstrual problems and for delayed menses, headaches, and heart disease. Some Indians boiled the juice expressed from the ends of the branches to treat bloody flux.

Leaf of a cedar tree A decoction of the young leaf sprays has been used for intermittent fever, rheumatism, dropsy, coughs, scurvy, nervousness, anxiety, deficient heart blood, palpitations, insomnia, frequent urination as a result of loss of muscle tone, and to counteract the side effects of innoculations or vaccines (10 drops tincture four times a day for 4 days).

A tea made from the leaves is traditionally used in the treatment of fevers, headaches, colds, coughs, absence of menses, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems. Externally, the leaves are used in steam baths for rheumatism, arthritis, colds, and as a wash for swollen feet, burns, vaginal infections, warts, rheumatism, achy muscles, psoriasis, eczema, venereal warts and sores, bruises, swellings, rheumatic pain, and fungal infections.

A tincture of the leaves has been used in the treatment of warts, piles, bed sores, painful joints or muscles, and fungal infections. The leaves are used as a perfume, incense, and an insect repellent.

Cedar is also used to treat dandruff.

Cedar Nut Oil

Cedarwood essential oil has traditionally been used in ancient Russian and European natural medicine to cure a wide array of ailments. Ingested it was said to decrease blood pressure, boost the immune system resistance, etc. Applied externally, it was said to manage a range of dermatological disorders. Cedar is also used in expensive cosmetics.

Genuine cedar nut oil is a bit expensive, but its medicinal properties compensate for the price with interest, providing people with health and a wonderful sense of well-being. Plus, a little goes a long way.

Cedar Nut Kernels

Cedar nut kernels contain more protein than in many types of meat. Moreover, the protein from the Cedar nut is assimilated by the body almost completely, which is also a great rarity. In addition, the nut contains almost all the amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids, and vitamins necessary for our body, as well as a wonderful collection of mineral substances and trace elements.

Culinary Uses for Cedar

Cedar nuts, cedar flour and cedar nut oil are made from cedar trees. Cedar nuts (the seeds of the cedar tree) take two years to mature.

Cedar nut oil has been used for a long time as a valuable vegetable oil for the preparation of food and various sweets. Of course, it could be afforded only by well-off people who knew about the amazing properties of cedar nut oil. It can be difficult to find in typical stores. Russia makes a superb cedar nut oil.

There is a large number of culinary recipes both using cedar nut oil as well as using cedar nuts, and cedar flour. Here are a couple to get you started!

Cedar Nut Milk

Cedar Nut Milk

This nut milk is perfect alone, or with your breakfast cereal. It will keep for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator in a sealed glass container. Enjoy!

Ingredients: 1 cup cedar (pine) nuts and 3 to 6 cups water

Directions: Combine the water and the Pine nuts in a blender you can create the desired consistency by using more or less water. Blend on high for 4 to 5 minutes. To sweeten add honey, bananas, dates, figs, raisins, maple syrup or your favorite fruit. Blend again until smooth. You can enjoy it thick or strain it through cheesecloth. Makes: 4 to 7 cups.

Memo to Parents:

This is a very easy way to get a good source of good fats and protein for your children's breakfast. Nut milk is enjoyed more than soy and rice milk. Home made fresh nut milk saves energy from not having the aseptic packaging.

Folklore

An old superstition was to carry a small piece of Cedar in the wallet to attract money.

Cautions

No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages.

Cedar should never be taken internally by pregnant women or when or if diarrhea is present.

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