White Cedar — Thuja occidentalis

Thuja_occidentalis_-_cone_Family: Cupressaceae

Part used: Leaf.

Herbal action: anti-tumor, antifungal, antimicrobial, expectorant, emmenagogue, lymphatic, diuretic,

Indications: coughs and bronchitis, fever, lymphatic stasis, incontinence, chronic prostatitis, cystitis, amenorrhea, leucorrhea, tumors and cancer (rectal, uterine, pharynx), warts, fungal infections, ulcers, vaccinosis

Indications: coughs and bronchitis, fever, lymphatic stasis, incontinence, chronic prostatitis, cystitis, amenorrhea, leucorrhea, tumors and cancer (rectal, uterine, pharynx), warts, fungal infections, ulcers, vaccinosis

Medicinal uses: Initially the leaves of Thuja found use as a stimulant in fevers, coughs, and rheumatic complaints, the tincture used topically to remove warts, all of which are important uses today. Later Thuja was employed in fungal infections, and “fungoid and ulcerous epitheliomata”. Thuja has pronounced antimicrobial properties and can be used topically as a wash, or as a powder in a dressing, in any kind of infection, particularly those characterized by a foul smelling, necrotic discharge. Given its strong emmenagogue properties, Thuja found use in the treatment of amenorrhea, pelvic congestion, and in catarrhal diseases of the female reproductive tract. Topically, it ca be employed in the treatment of leucorrhea. As an alterative, Thuja was used to influence the blood and glandular structures, with a particular affinity towards the skin. Boiling the fresh branchlets and then inhaling the fumes is an effective remedy in bronchial congestion and coughs, and is even stated as being effective in hemoptysis. In the treatment of chronic prostatitis Thuja is mentioned to be of benefit.

In the treatment of warts the fresh plant tincture can be painted on the wart on a consistent basis after cutting away the crown. For larger warts the tincture may have to be injected right into the wart.