Over the past few months, I’ve been drawn to burning cedar in my home. It has a holiday scent that I appreciate while making my space feel great.
This year, in place of a tree, I created several altars in my home using the cedar growing at my front door.
I know many property owners appreciate the benefits of thujone, the insect-repelling chemical present in cedar chips that repel cloth-eating moths, carpet beetles, cockroaches, and certain types of ants. Still, I‘m more interested in why I’m suddenly drawn to cedar. I did an online search and found a few interesting facts:
- The cedar tree symbolizes endurance, eternal life, and immortality. Egyptians used cedar resin to mummify their dead.
- It can be burned to remove negative energies or boiled in water to purify a space – making room for prosperity.
- Many believe burning cedar will bring joy, light, and clarity into your space.
- Cedar is also reputed as a medicine of protection.
- Cedar trees are ancient, wise, and powerful spirits.
- Cedar is often used in teas as an anti-inflammatory. It supports your respiratory system and can help with bronchitis, pneumonia, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Cedar will help you the way you want it to! The intention is everything!!
You may not have to look far to source your cedar. Like me, it could be growing around you. When gathering your cedar, show respect to the plant by leaving an offering (like tobacco). When picking any herbs, leave tobacco in gratitude and respect. Tip: I learned this tip from a Wise One: Ask the plant who is willing to help you. One of the leaves will move, which is the one you want to collect.
Only take what you need and avoid young plants.
- Think of a current challenge you need insight around.
- Gather the amount of cedar you will use (4-7 sprigs is enough).
- Fill a medium pot with water and bring it to a boil.
- When your water starts to boil, lay your cedar on top, and let it boil for at least ten minutes.
- Remove the pot from heat once the water is tinted green.
- Think of your question and blow it into your tea.
- Optional: Add natural honey. While sipping your tea, jot down the insights and ideas that come to you.
- The remaining tea can be stored to drink later. Used cedar can be placed back into nature or dried and burned.