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Cedar, Western (Thuja Plicata or Occidentalis)


Thuja Plicata or Occidentalis is useful plant that comes with fan-like branches and also scaly leaves. It is a small evergreen coniferous tree that grows to a height of 33 to 66 feet tall and it is often short or prostate. Cedar also has reddish-brown bark and it is furrowed easily and also peels in narrow and longitudinal strips. It is easily found in north east of United States and in some parts of Canada. The cones from this plant are also slender and if the tree falls the branches may take root for survival. Additionally, it also grows naturally in wet forest where no other trees can grow productively.

Medical uses

Thuja Plicata is a useful plant. Many people mainly see these trees on their gardens or forest but they don’t know how they can effectively use it.  It is widely used as an ornamental tree but you can also use it as a remedy to certain kind of infections. It was first identified as a great remedy by Indians living in Canada during the 16th century. Hence, it is a great natural cure that has been in use for a long duration. It has been identified as a great cure for scurvy a diseases that is caused by lack of vitamin C. There are also many other medical uses for Cedar, Western and they include the following:-

  1. It can be used as an effective remedy for respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis, cold sores and many others.
  2. It is also used to make medicinal tea that can be used to treat constipation and headache.
  3. When used a tincture, Thuja Plicata can be a great remedy for cancers, condylomata, fungous flesh, neoplasmas and benign skin tumors.
  4. It can also be a great remedy for burns, colds, cough, dysmenorrheal, inflammation and rheumatism among other infections.
  5. You can also use the herbal steam and smudges from the plant for skin infections and to treat unconsciousness.
  6. It could be a great homeopathic remedy for other fatal infections like gonorrhea, amnesia, blepharitis, neuralgia and conjunctivitis among other infections.


Dosage and Administration

Thuja plicata or occidentalis is a great herbal plant that can be used for treating many infections. However, when you decide to use this plant, you need to be very careful when it comes to its dosage and administration. You need to seek medical assistance before you start using this herb. You need to visit your physician and know the best way and when to use this effective herbal plant. Dosage of Occidentalis will depend on ones age, health condition and many other conditions. It is not easy to determine the dosage of the herb and here is where you need to have a physician to guide you as you take the herb. You need to follow dosage directions that are provided.

Make sure that you don’t abuse the herb as it will worsen the condition or lead to other complication. Therefore, you need to call 911 or a professional if one overdoses Thuja. Additionally, a pregnant woman should not consume the herb as it is harmful to their health and that of their unborn child. The recommended daily dosage for Occidentalis is 1 to 2 ml three times a day. For the homeopathic dosage, you need to take 5 drops, 1 tablet or 10 globules every 30 to 60 minutes depending on the severity of the infection.

Parts used

Thuja Plicata is a great herbal plant that is widely used to cure certain infections. Before you use this herbal plant, you need to know the specific parts that are used. The commonly used parts of the plant are the leaves and the branches. They can be extracted into oil which has exceptional medical uses. The bark and the roots of the plant are also imperative for curing certain conditions.

Benefits of Thuja plicata

Many people may think that Thuja plicata is just used in gardens or parks as a ornamental or decorative tree. However there are many other benefits of plant and they include the following:-

  • It helps strengthen gums,
  • It offers stimulant effects,
  • Helps cure delayed menstruation,
  • It also helps in weight loss and
  • Offers anti-bacterial properties.

Side effects

There are a number of side effects of Thuja plicata that are caused by overdose and they include the following.

  • Seizures,
  • Vomiting,
  • Queasiness,
  • Painful diarrhea,
  • Asthma
  • Low blood pressure and
  • It can also lead to death if overdosed.






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