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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.


Latin Name: Juniperus virginiana

Alternate Names: Juniper, Thuja, Eastern Red Cedar


Parts Used: Berries (blue), leaves.

Properties: Antiseptic, Antiviral, Astringent, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Hemostatic

Internal Uses: Arthritis, Asthma, Colds, Cough, Cystitis, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Gout, Incontinence, Sore Throat, Tuberculosis, Urethritis

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules
Cedar can be used to help prevent side effects from immunizations. The berries are used to treat diabetes, and leaves are used for diarrhea. The berries are being studied for their anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties.

Topical Uses: Acne, Burns, Dandruff, Fungal Infection, Hemorrhoids, Herpes, Insect Repellent, Rheumatism, Warts

Topical Applications: Compress for burns, salves and liniments. Leaves are burned to purify the air and prevent the spread of infection. The essential oil is applied topically for acne, dandruff, warts, fungal infections, hemorrhoids, herpes, aching joints and as an insect repellent. Steam is inhaled during colds, flu and labor. Massage oil for rheumatism. Hair rinse for dandruff.

Culinary uses: Berries are used in cooking wild game and in making sauerkraut. Use the wood to smoke fish and game. The Berries are used in jams, pepper substitutes, beer and gin. The berries can also be roasted and made into a coffee substitute.

Energetics: Bitter, Pungent, Cool.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (camphene terpineol), flavonoids, resin, tannins, bitter (juniperin).

Contraindications: Avoid use in cases of inflammation. Do not use during serious kidney infections. Prolonged use may irritate kidneys and bladder. Avoid during pregnancy. Combine with demulcent or emollient herbs.

Comments: Essential oil of cedar has been used for incense, perfume and embalming. Berries take two to three years to ripen.
The common name Cedar includes the species Thuja occidentalis, Juniperis horizontalis, Juniperus scopulorum and Juniperis californica which are used interchangeably with Juniperus virginiana.

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