There are several types of cedar tree. They include:
Cedrus Libani – an evergreen conifer which is native to Lebanon, Turkey and Syria. It can grow as tall as 35 meters and has several trunks with clear horizontal layers in its structure. It has black/brown bark with spaced ridges and cracks and dark green leaves that are like needles and arranged in spirals and clusters around side shoots. Both male and female flowers are found on this tree. Female flowers develop green cones when they are pollinated and they take up to a year to mature into brown cones. It prefers the sun and well-drained soil.
Northern white cedar – Thuja Occidentalis – which grows from 10 to 20 meters tall, lives to be about 400 years old and produces dark green leaves that turn yellow–green in the fall. The flowers are yellow, green or brown, are very fragrant and bloom only in April. It is a native of North America.
Western red cedar – Thuja Plicata – an evergreen that grows from 16 to 65 meters tall , with a life span of 400 to 1,000 years. The tree produces red-brown scaly bark, dark green needles and light brown cones that grow to about ½ inch long. It likes full sun to partial shade, moist, fertile and well-drained soils. It’s native to the Pacific North West from southern Alaska and down the coast to northern California and then east as far as British Columbia and Montana. The wood has been used for constructing housing and totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, houses, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, bowls, ropes, clothing, blankets, and rings.
Cedar is mentioned in the bible, when Solomon went to great lengths to get cedar wood, as opposed to any other wood, to build his temple. It was also used in building the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Cedar has a fragrant resin and has been used since ancient times as an incense, to prevent parasites, to treat leprosy and to embalm. Cedar is water and decay resistant and also acts as an insect repellent. In days gone by it was used to build coffins. Cedar wood was used by Native Americans for boats and fences and they used sticks of cedar to rub together to start fires.
Cedar oil is still used today in many different ways. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, an expectorant and also believed to be an aphrodisiac.
It is used for healing wounds and skin problems, coughs, bronchitis, rheumatism, arthritis, menstrual issues and cystitis. It can also be used to treat eczema and acne, reduce blemishes and heal rashes. It helps to stabilize oily skin and hair, reducing excessive secretion of sebum and so can be helpful for dandruff. It is also believed that because it stimulates the scalp it can help to encourage hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles. Cedar oil is also used to ease anxiety, stress and tension as it is comforting and calming.
Cedar oil is used to repel insects and pests and cedar wood branches are used to cover the floor of sweat lodges because of their disinfectant and anti- viral properties and also because of the pleasant aroma.
It is advised not to use cedar oil if you are pregnant.
The cedar is connected with the elements of fire and earth, with the sun and with Leo. The spiral shape of the needles of the cedar tree resemble the shape of the sun. It has a male energy. It was known by the Druids as the tree of life. The Jewish people used to burn cedar wood to celebrate the New Year. If used in conjunction with the energy and times of the sun then it can help to strengthen your spells. It is used to create, clear and protect a sacred space and clear negativity and protect against evil so you could use cedar wood for your magick wand. Cedar has a distinctive fragrance and you can get cedar incense sticks and cones. You can use it to consecrate your magick wand. It is grounding and relaxing and instills confidence and protection so can be a good one to use during magick work. It can also help enhance your psychic powers. You can use it in your magick for spells to attract money, love, and to protect against evil. The cedar tree is related to longevity and preservation so could be used in spells connected with healing and growth. In the home a cedar twig could be hung above the door of your house to offer protection. In the bedroom it could guard against bad dreams and offer protection during the night. It can purify the air in the home.
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