Information on Arbor vitae

Latin NameThuja Occidentalis
Part UsedLeaf, Stems
Herb FormsEssential oil, tincture, homeopathic tablet.
AffectsBlood, Urinary system, Immune system
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy. Not for long-term use. Thuja contains thujone, a known mutagen. Do not exceed dose recommendations; use in small amounts only.
Botanical InfoAn aromatic tree in the Cypress family growing to sixty feet with small, scale-like leaves that are bright green above and yellowish-green below, with small yellowish flowers.
DescriptionThuja is an effective expectorant and immune stimulant, and is taken internally for bronchitis and used as a steam inhalant for laryngitis. It acts as an antiseptic and astringent to the bladder and is used for atonic and weak bladder, as well as for prostate imbalances, where it works not to shrink an enlarged or inflamed prostate gland, but to deodorize and help correct incontinence associated with prostate imbalances, especially among the elderly. Thuja oil is applied externally to remove warts.

Thuja occidentalis has a taste of BITTER, SPICY and a temperature of WARM.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Tincture1-2 dropperful 2-3 x daily
Oilapply externally

Ailments Treated by Arbor vitae

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bed soresantiseptictincture externally
Bladder, atonicbladder tonic, antiseptic, and astringenttincture, capsule, tablet
Wartsantisepticoil externally
Laryngitisexpectorant, antisepticoil as steam inhalant
Colds, acuteexpectorant, immune stimulanttea, tincture

References

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