Red Cedar Leafs or Thuja Plicata comes from the high mountain cedars. It has a sweet earthy scent and is very grounding. Red Cedar leaves have been used in Native American ceremonies and prayer rituals for centuries. It provides a sense of security and stability like the massive roots of this magnificent tree which has also been called the “tree of life”. These trees are so powerful you can absorb strength by standing with your back against the trunk.
Red Cedar has many medicinal uses for your physical body. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and an anti-oxidant. The anti-fungal properties are among the very best in nature, which is why fallen cedars will remain on the forest floor without rotting away. It is very good for treating athlete’s foot, nail fungus, ringworm and other fungal skin infections. It is also used to treat coughs, colds, sore throats and fevers. Red Cedar stimulates the white blood cell activity associated with the immune system. It has also been used to treat sexually transmitted diseases, urinary infections, menstrual problems and prostrate problems. Red Cedar leaves may be boiled into teas or decoctions for internal or external use. People have been known to develop allergies so you want to test it on a small area when being used externally before applying it all over. Also only take internally when needed and not on a regular basis.
Red Cedar also has many benefits to the well-being of our emotional, mental, and spiritual states. For these purposes I burn it, place it in bundles which I hang around places, sprinkle it around, or carry it in my left pocket or in place it in my shoes. The smell is wonderful and it immediately strengthens my connection with the earth. The scent makes me feel strong, powerful and confident. It provides the stamina to survive and endure. Red cedar can live to be thousands of years old and it has the power to pull ancient wisdom from the inner earth. Red cedar is often used in prayer and can bring wisdom to us through our dreams. It is used to purify spaces of negative influences and attract good energies.