Thuja herb (Thuja occidentalis)
Daily adult dose unless otherwise prescribed: 1 tsp to 200ml boiling water, infuse covered 10-15mins, drink or use as a wash externaly up to three times a day.
Not to be used if you are pregnant or if there is a chance you may be pregnant, or if breastfeeding.
Do not exceed stated dose. Thujone is toxic in large doses; avoid prolonged use and only take internally occasionally when needed.
Please also avoid with epilepsy and defects in hepatic haem synthesis.
Avoid use in dry irritable coughs.
Part used: Young new foliage
Habitat: Native to eastern North America and Canada, Thuja is a slow growing conifer which can grow to an impressive size. It's foliage is aromatic when broken and rubbed. Often confused with Thuja plcata, but the patterns on the leaves are an easy way to differentiate them. Thuja is oftenused in hedging and landscaping and you likely have a tree growing nearby. It prefers moist nd poorly drained soils.
Constituents: Volatile oils mainly thujone with borneol camphor and others, flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol, mucilage, tannins.
Actions: Alterative, astringent, anti-oxidant, antiviral, diuretic, expectorant, nerve stimulant, stimulates smooth muscle fr example the uterus, stimulant.
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