Cedrus spp. (Pinaceae)
Here on the Villa we create smudge bundles with cedar that we grow. We burn cedar ritually, to clear and purify our energy field inside and out. Tightly wrapped fresh cedar greens are hung up to dry and within a couple of weeks they are ready for burning. Smudging has been practiced for thousands of years by Native Americans everywhere. We strongly believe in growing native herbs for our spiritual practices and keeping this ritual alive on our land. We give thanks and mourn the lives of indigenous people who once walked this land. We feel their spirits in everything we do, we listen to mother Gaia and we work the land for her. After
Eastern red cedar (Juniperus Virginicus) grows between 16-66ft. Has dark green needle-like leaves and oval cones. Cedar is thought to have been used in building Solomon’s temple and the hanging Gardens of Babylon. The oil has been used for thousands of years in incense, perfumes, and embalming. It is antiseptic and expectorant, acting to disinfect with the respiratory tract. Cedar can also be brewed in a tea as it is very high in Vitamin C. Cedar wood essential oil is commonly distilled from Atlas Cedar and Eastern Red Cedar. The oil is strongly antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, and sedative. Diluted and massaged into the skin, it treats congestion, chest infections, cystitis. It is used to treat skin wounds and ulcers.
Diluted and massaged into the skin, it treats:
- chest infections
- skin wounds + ulcers