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Cedar is a sacred tree and, like sweetgrass and tobacco, is part of many ceremonies. It’s used to purify homes, in sweat-lodge ceremonies, and as a medicine. The tea of simmered branches is used to treat fevers and rheumatic complaints, chest colds, and flu. This brew is delicious warm or cold and is simple to make.
2 cups fresh cedar wood (choose only wood intended for use with food, such as wood chips for smoking; most wood at lumber stores is chemically treated)
4 cups water
maple syrup to taste
Simmer fresh cedar wood in boiling water for about 10 minutes until the water becomes a golden color. Strain off the cedar and sweeten with maple syrup, to taste.