Forest Bathing: Eastern Red Cedar

“The fire. The odor of burning juniper is the sweetest fragrance on the face of the earth, in my honest judgment; I doubt if all the smoking censers of Dante’s paradise could equal it.” —

Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

I have been working on identifying the trees and flowers in my region. Eastern Red Cedar is the first tree I started to easily recognize since starting my foraging and forest bathing journey. It is not a true cedar, but a juniper tree that produces edible little seed cones called juniper berries. Just don’t over consume them since eating large amounts can be poisonous.

Wings of Leaves

Western Red Cedar is more fragrant, but I can only experience its delicious and fragrant leaves if I have them shipped. They are ideal for use in seasoning and tea.

Capture My Piney Closeup

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