Cedars are phenomenally huge trees with a plethora of ecological and cultural merits. The true cedars are members of the Pinaceae family, residing in the Cedrus genus. The dimorphic branching structure and dense clusters of needle-like evergreen leaves give cedar tree their signature aesthetic look. The leaves are capable of defending themselves from sunburns by producing a waxy layer.
The cedar tree is mentioned time and again in the Bible and is held as a symbol of fruitfulness and strength. The cedar tree has endured tumultuous periods in history. It is a favorite among poets and writers where they metaphorically use it to describe strength and longevity. Its red-tinged wood is highly insect-repellent and decay-resistant.
Cedar is of immense medicinal importance. It is used to serve the asthmatic patients to reduce the inflammation of airways. Cedar is also fruitful when it comes to treating pruritus, infested wounds, arthritis, high fever, and headache. The decoction of the heartwood of the cedar tree is turning in to impart many other benefits like curing flatulence, piles, urinary disorders, kidney stones, diabetes, insomnia, and high sugar levels. Cultural tribes utilized it as an antidote for snake bites. Traditionally, the Ayurvedic system documents it to be potent in combatting tuberculosis.
The needles of cedar are packed with limonene, eugenol, anethole, caryophyllene, linalool, and phenolic compounds to help provide armor against various ailments.