These magnificent creatures are responsible for our breath, our status as living, and they make our world more beautiful. But who can imagine their true properties? Are they here only to create oxygen or do they have other secrets and other reasons for being with us?
During research in 2007, it was observed that with only a one-hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs, on aerial bacterial population, it was caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 minutes. The ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained for up to 24 hours in the closed room. The mixture used in the study was "havan sámagri" a material used in oblation to fire all over India, and which contains cedar among others. While in another research, 265 plant species of mono-ingredient remedies were studied and 24.5% of them were used as smoke directed at a specific organ or body part. The benefits were especially pulmonary (23.5%), neurological (21.8%), and dermatological (8.1%).
Among these magnificent ingredients was cedarwood from the #cedar tree. The mother of trees and the one that hides the secret to our existence.
Fumigation or smudging, as we call it today (although fumigation is used mostly in disinfection from pests with chemicals), made famous by Hippocrates, is a purifying ritual that contains the four elements of #water, #fire, #earth, and #air. Earth and water are represented by the herbs, air, and fire by the burning of them and the smoke.
Shamans use the art of smudging for various therapies, African tribes still jump over smoke before hunting and they also roll with smoke the newborns. And in Britain, the cows will go through smoke every spring in order to relieve them from parasites.
For the First Nations on the northwest coast of America, all parts of the cedar tree had many uses. From the wood, they made ocean-going canoes, take advantage of its strength, massive post-and-beam houses, monumental carved poles that declared history, rights, and lineage, and powerful dance masks. They wove the inner bark into mats and baskets, plied it into cordage and netting, or processed it into soft, water-repellent clothing. They also made the strong withes into heavy-duty rope and wove the roots into watertight baskets.
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In the traditional Ayuverdian practice cedar is used for inflammation, indigestion, insomnia, cough, the common cold, and in serious lung diseases like tuberculosis and bronchitis.
And in the traditional Persoarabian healing system Ynani, cedarwood is used as a diuretic, for rheumatism, and for epilepsy seizures and the bark is used for fever and diarrhea. They also use the oil from the resin for wounds and skin rashes.
#Fact: The Egyptians would use cedar for their sarcophagi as it repels any bug that can ruin any other wood and the oil for taxidermy.
In Lebanon the Cedrus Libani, as it is called scientifically, has a great religious and historical importance. It is the national symbol of Lebanon portrayed in the country's flag and is mentioned quite plenty in Tanak, which is the Hebrew bible. It is said that Isaiah (2,13) used the cedar for the transfer of the peoples' pride and Moses told the priests to use cedar to cure leprosy. Finally, King Solomon would build the temple from #cedarwood because of its great strength and of the protection it gives from bad energies.
Then it is the Atlas Cedar, native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The natives use the bark for the lymph system, and as a fat dissolvent for the arteries.
But the proof of the abilities of cedar can be found written in Hippocratic medicine.
The common juniper tree or else our widely known cedar is used by Hippocrates in his work On Gynecology (Diseases of Women,) and others. Here are some recipes exactly as he gives them to us. Of course, some are for extreme circumstances yet still, we can understand the power of nature and the uses that our favorite cedar can have in so many ways.
#AncientRecipe: "...drink cedar (tea) in case of red blood flow..."
He considers that plane red flow without any black or dirty flow means that the uterus does not get cleaned.
#AncientRecipe: ...burn deer antler, make a powder together with raw barley flour and five cedar seeds, and add dry black (very dark red) wine. He says it creates uterus spasms and muscle spams in general and can help the uterus to discard dirty blood but also to result in a miscarriage so it must be used with caution. (Diseases of women, book 2, 83)
#AncientRecipe: "...in the case the embryo has died: "take galbanum, in the amount of an olive; wrap in a cloth and soak it in #cedaroil. Let the woman apply it to the mouth of the womb."
Ancient Greek text: ... ην αποθάνη το έμβρυον. χαλβάνης όσον ελαίην ενελίξασα ες οθόνιον, ες κέδρον εμβαψασα, προστιθέσθω προς το στόμα της μήτρης.
#AncientRecipe: ...for bad period flows, make a poultice from garlic, purslane (Latin: portulaca orelacea), celery, and sawdust from cedar and lotus (their bark). Crush them softly together and mix with honey water. (Diseases of women, book 2, 84)
#AncientRecipe:... in case of uterus inflammation after birth or miscarriage drink cedar (the species of common juniper - arkepthos) seed in vinegar or wine, (Diseases of women book 2, 13-&5)
#AncientRecipe:... "if the embryo has died...take one drachma (quantity) of silphium, one "oxybaphon" (specific shallow vessel for vinegar) of leek poultice, add half of a small "kyathos" (small cup) of cedar-oil; give the woman to drink.’
Ancient text: ..ην αποθάνη το έμβρυον...σιλγίου οκόσον δραχμήν μίαν, και πράσου χυλόν οκόσον οξύβαφον, παραμίξας κέδρινον έλαιον ήμισυ κυάθου σμικρού, δος πιειν.
#AncientRecipe: "...if the uterus is bleeding (meaning too much), take celery, cedar seeds from both species (common juniper, Lebanon...), Ethiopian cumin, cassia seed (species of cinnamon), small sea urchins, thyme... mix them and boil them in water or wine." (On womens' nature, para32)
#AncientRecipe: "...for external uterus use: take goat’s dung and the lung of a seal (dried), shavings of cedar; fumigate."(On womens' nature, para34)
Ancient Text:..."αιγός σπυράθους και φώκης του πλεύμονος και κέδρου πρίσματα υποθυμήν."
Only by looking at its application in gynecology, we can see that cedar, is a miraculous ingredient. Moreover, in all ancient texts, you can find thousands of other applications. The apples act as diuretics and externally they eliminate moles. The tea can be used for digestion and acts as an antiseptic in the bile ducts in case they are troubled by gallstones.