First Nations say Cedar is a sacred tree and, like sweetgrass and tobacco, is part of many ceremonies. Sacred Cedar is used to purify homes, in sweat-lodge ceremonies, and as a medicine. It can be brewed as tea or steamed with fish. We also love to add to meat before smoking it!
The tea of simmered branches is used to treat fevers and breathing issues. This brew is delicious warm or cold and is simple to make. Just simmer 2 cups of fresh cedar in 4 cups of boiling water for about 10 minutes until the water becomes a golden color. Strain off the cedar and sweeten with Canadian maple syrup, to taste.