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  • Natalie (Aotearoa) New Zealand

    The northern white cedar is an evergreen with a branched trunk, conical shape, and flat scalelike leaves. It has reddish brown bark that hangs in hairy shreds. Another name for the tree is Arborvitae, or "tree of life," a name given to it by the French explorer Jacques Cartier after it saved his crew from scurvy. A tea is made from the leaves and twigs, and is very high in Vitamin C. Among the Algonquin it is considered a sacred tree, and they will not perform a ceremony without it...

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    Wyldestone Cottage: Using Trees as Medicine

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