Leaves, Cut from United States (SKU 0483)
Cut leaves of the beautifully aromatic Californian incense-cedar.
For smaller weights in a finer/powdered form, please see our Sacred Incense range.
Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress family)
A resinous aromatic tree, widely grown as a handsome ornamental. Formerly it was also an important timber species, much preferred for the manufacture of pencil due to its softness and isotropy. Although timber harvests have been reduced by depletion of old growth stands, its wood, exceptionally resistant to decay and highly durable when exposed to weather, is still useful for woodworking applications. Incense Cedar is often used in the sweat lodge ceremony. The smoke of burning Cedar is said to attract the good spirits and eliminate negative energies.
Other names: Calocedrus decurrens, Incense Cedar; White Bastard, California Post Cedar.
Used by cultures throughout the world, since ancient times, for healing and spiritual purposes. Native peoples of North America burn Cedar while praying, the prayers rising on the smoke and being carried to the Creator.
The genus name Calocedrus comes from Greek: callos, beautiful, and Kedros, Cedar. The boughs and twigs have been used to make brooms. The roots have been used as overlay twine warps and overlay twine weft bases in making baskets. The bark has been made into baskets. The wood is soft, light, close grained, very durable in the soil though it is often damaged by dry rot. It has a powerful, incense-like fragrance and is used for making shingles, lathes, fencing, pencils, construction etc.
Calocedrus decurrens (syn. Libocedrus decurrens, California Incense Cedar) belongs to the Cupressaceae (Cypress family) and is native to western North America, with the bulk of the range in the United States, from central western Oregon through most of California and the extreme west of Nevada, and also a short distance into northwest Mexico in northern Baja California. Incense Cedar is cultivated widely as an ornamental tree both within its natural range and as an introduced species. The tree grows well in western and central Europe and in the Eastern United States as far north as Massachusetts. It is a large tree, typically reaching heights of 40-60 meter and a trunk diameter of up to 3 meter (maxima, 69 meter tall and 3.9 meter diameter), and with a broad conic crown of spreading branches. The leaves are bright green on both sides of the shoots, and the cones 2-2.5 cm long. It is by far the most widely-known species in the genus, and is often simply called "Incense Cedar" without the regional qualifier.
Sweet, herbaceous, refreshing.
The fragrance of IIncense Cedar is said to purify and create a bridge between heaven and earth. It is used to banish nightmares, for smudging sacred spaces and homes. Cedar is often used in the sweat lodge ceremony. A few pinches are thrown on the red-hot rocks, immediately sparking into a yellow glow and releasing their aroma. It can also be burned on Charcoal Disks. The smoke of burning Cedar is said to attract the good spirits and eliminate negative energies.
This is a natural product, used as incense or in perfumery, or as an ingredient of incense and other perfumery or potpourri preparations.
Some incense plants or products may have some history of other folklore purposes, but we offer this product for its use as incense. Not food grade, not for consumption.
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