Thuja Materia Medica


Thuja was considered by the Native Americans to have spiritual cleansing and protective properties. The name “Thuja” derives from the Greek word meaning “to fumigate.” The Potawatomi tribe burned the leaves over coals to repel evil spirits. The Ojibwa steamed themselves with vapors from boiling thuja leaves as a ceremonial cleansing.

As an herbal medicine thuja is considered to be: analgesic (pain-killing), anti-scorbutic (prevents scurvy), anti-tussive (counteracts coughing), antiviral, diaphoretic (induces sweating), diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, lactagogue (encourages the secretion of breast-milk) and depurant (purifies the blood and tissues) and tonic.

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14 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Sycotic
Sefirot: Chesed/Gevurah interface; Chesed/Yesod interface
Constitutional Type: Mixed Neurasthenia/Hysteria
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; homeopathic remedy Thuja; Sycotic miasm; disconnection among the four constituent elements of humans; mixed neurasthenia/hysteria; Chesed/Gevurah interface; Chesed/Yesod interface.

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