Cedar of Lebanon Tree Uses
Tree Healing Therapy
Botanical name Cedrus libani / Family ConiferaeCedar of Lebanon is a large, stately evergreen tree that is one of two true cedars native to the Mediterranean region. It has a massive trunk when mature and wide-sweeping branches spreading out on all sides, with scented flowers and short, dark-green needles. It is incredibly long-lived, and species have been found that are more than 2,500 years old.
History, mystery and spiritual healing
Cedars of Lebanon have been nominated as one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature. They are the most frequently mentioned tree in the Bible, and were commonly used for construction by the ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. The success of the Phoenician Empire had them firmly at its heart, for the trees provided strong wood for fishing boats and houses in the city of Byblos (founded c. 6000 BCE). Thereafter a strong, ongoing trade in cedar between the Egyptians and the Phoenicians continued.
The tree's history is also directly linked to one of the greatest mystics of all time, King Solomon, who was known for his wisdom, wealth and writings. His crowning achievement was the building of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem with Lebanon cedars. Cedarwood was also used for 'smudging' to purify and protect living and working areas, and for sacred tools, especially among Native Americans. The Romans believed in the preservative content of its resin and used it to protect papyri from attacks of worms. The Egyptians used the oil of cedar of Lebanon for embalming.
Most modern use is of cedar's essential oil, steam-distilled from wood chips, generally from the true cedar species Cedrus atlantica. This is a wonderful healing oil and a preservative, and can be used for acne, arthritis and as a useful decongestant for the respiratory system. It also helps cystitis, dandruff and dermatitis, is an insect repellent and fungicide. Psychologically, it clears the mind and brain, aids nervous tension, stress and emotional release; a melatonin stimulant, it also enhances sleep. It is very good at dispelling negativity and helping to instil positivity.
Recent research provides evidence that inhaling cedar's cedrol affects the lungs and lower airway, which has a response effect on the cardiovascular system, suggesting a new target for drug therapy in hypertension.
Do not use cedarwood oil (G. atlantica, G. virginiana or Juniperus virginiana) in pregnancy. In high concentrations, cedarwood oil may irritate the skin.