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Thuja occidentalis L.

This result should not be considered complete or definitive and is for reference only. Care must be taken when using any wild plant for food, fiber, medicine or any other non-traditional uses. The information was complied using multiple sources and these references should be consulted for more complete descriptions of usage(s) and potential health risk. We are not responsible for any ill effects from the information included on this page.

Uses Part Preparation Effect Notes
Utility  Trunk or branch
Leaf Smudge
Stem Burned Religious ceremony, fumigate, cleansing, warding off bad luck/spirits, medicine lodge covering
Stem Wreaths
Trunk or branch Carving of rabbit
Leaf Tea
Bark Peeled Put on bed as insect repellant
Flower Burn male flowers
Leaf Smudge against insects
Trunk or branch Flutes, whistles
Leaf Quick boil Hair rinse, courting, wash feet, air freshener
Stem Used to set nets under the ice for fishing, tip-ups, push pole, and stop sap boil over
Trunk or branch Arrows, Bedding, Dugout canoes, Drum Frames, Fence posts, Kindling, Fish Decoys, Tip-ups, Furniture, Mats, Paddle for Maple sap, Rice knockers, Sleds, Snowboards, Snowshoe frames, Toboggans, Trapping, Maple taps, Baskets, Smoking hides, Canoe ribs, etc.
Medicine  Fruit Ground into powder, mixed with fern leaves Muscle pain/rheumatism Cones; applied to joints
Leaf Infusion or decoction Blood purifier
Leaf Compound Colds/sore throat/earache
Leaf Decoction Fever
Leaf Infusion or decoction Head/eyes Headache
Leaf Oil or ground Muscle pain/rheumatism Topical
Leaf Ground, mixed with grease Skin rash/allergy
Plant Compound with charcoal Head/eyes Pricked into forehead for headache
Trunk or branch Muscle pain/rheumatism Sweat baths

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