American Arborvitae Tree
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American Arborvitae – An Evergreen Coniferous Tree
Why American Arborvitae (Thuja Occidentalis)?
American Arborvitae, scientifically known as thuja occidentalis, belongs to the cypress family Cupressaceae. It is a slow-growing, medium-sized, and evergreen coniferous tree native to the Pacific Northwest—often found in moist environments and widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. The monoecious nature of the Northern American Arborvitae means that both male pollen cones and female seed cones may be seen growing on the branchlets of the same tree. The flowers bloom from late spring to early summer, and the wind is responsible for pollinating the cones to produce fertile offspring.
The inner bark may either be consumed fresh or dried and ground into flour when harvested in the spring. Undoubtedly, the inner bark, like most trees, is often a food source in times of scarcity.
Like many of the other conifer trees, the needles and bark may be steeped to form a tea high in vitamin C; however, you will need to remove any oils that float to the surface before drinking it.
Medical professionals have trusted the American Arborvitae tree to treat various symptoms over the years. To name a few: common cold, cold sores, nasal swelling, skin infections, nerve pain, and muscle aches.
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