Properties & Uses:
Thuja oil has a camphoraceous, fruity aroma
The use of Thuja oil is controversial in aromatherapy, except by a qualified practitioner, and never for use during pregnancy.
Thuja's common names white cedar, yellow cedar, cedar leaf oil, cause confusion because it is not a cedar, but a conifer member of the Cupressaceae or cypress family.
Thuja is used as a stimulating expectorant that is useful for treating bronchitis, colds and other respiratory problems. Externally the oil is used as a skin wash for skin diseases like psoriasis, and fungal infections. Thuja may also be used in hot compresses and steam baths to ease rheumatism, arthritis, and achy muscles.
Tea, incense, in ceremony, in sachets, and as an extract.
The leaves have an aromatic flavor and scent, and may be used with caution as a tea. The extract has antibacterial and constricting properties when used externally on skin, and may be a skin irritant.
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