Thuja occidentalis

Thuja

Thuja occidentalis

Thuja

Arborvitae (Tree of Life), are species of Thuja which can grow anywhere from 10 to 200 feet tall. There are two species of Thuja native to North America, Thuja occidentalis or Eastern Arborvitae/Northern Whitecedar and Thuja plicata or Western Redcedar. Thuja is not true Cedar Genus (Cedrus) rather they are in the Cypress family (Cupressaceae). The First Citizens of Canada used the needles of Thuja occidentalis (Eastern Whitecedar) to make a tea that has been shown to contain 50 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams.

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Traditional Health Benefits of Thuja

Immune Support

What is Thuja Used for?

Thuja's immune supporting potential has been evaluated in numerous in vitro and in vivo investigations. It can assist in the support of healthy drainage of the lymphatic system. Thuja should not be used during pregnancy.

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Active Constituents of Thuja

essential oils (thujone, isothujone, fenchone, sabines and pinen), polysaccharides, water-soluble minerals, tannins.

Parts Used

Leaf

Additional Resources

Naser B, Bodinet C, Tegtmeier M, Lindequist U. Thuja occidentalis (Arbor vitae): A Review of its Pharmaceutical, Pharmacological and Clinical Properties. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2005 Mar;2(1):69-78. Stewart, Hilary. (1984). Cedar: tree of life to the Northwest Coast Indians. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre

Important Precautions

Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.

Disclaimer

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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