*Devadaru translates to the timber of the gods. It grows in the higher Himalayan mountains and the essential oil extracted from the Devadaru tree is used in Indian fire ceremonies. This sacred wood is rich in aromatic and fixed oil. Aromatic oils help open the channels of the body, whereas the fixed oil helps to lubricate the joints. This herb also helps in increasing metabolism in the gut, muscle and bone tissues. In Tibetan medicine it is used for bone healing and wound care. Devadaru is also useful for boosting immunity, possesses rich antioxidant qualities, beneficial in a natural cell and tissue rejuvenation.
*Benefits include acting as a cleansing agent for wounds, assisting in breathing, increases joint flexibility, activate the nervous system, relieves chronic fever, maintains healthy blood sugar levels, and relieves cramping during menstrual cycles.
Suggested Use: 1/8 to 1//4 teaspoon in powdered form, once or twice daily, or use as suggested by your health practitioner.
Botanical Name – Cedrus Deodara
Family – Pinaceae
English Names– Himalayan Cedar, Deodar Tree
Devadaru is a large evergreen coniferous tree reaching 40–50 m (131–164 ft) tall, exceptionally 60 m (197 ft) with a trunk up to 3 m (10 ft) in diameter. It has a conic crown with level branches and drooping branchlets. The leaves are needle-like, mostly 2.5–5 cm (0.98–1.97 in) long, occasionally up to 7 cm (2.8 in) long, slender (1 mm thick), borne singly on long shoots, and in dense clusters of 20–30 on short shoots; they vary from bright green to glaucous blue-green in color. The female cones are barrel-shaped, 7–13 cm (2.8–5.1 in) long and 5–9 cm (2.0–3.5 in) broad, and disintegrate when mature (in 12 months) to release the winged seeds. The male cones are 4–6 cm (1.6–2.4 in) long and shed their pollen in autumn.
Physical and chemical properties of Devadaru –
Taste – Bitter, pungent, astringent
Quality – Dry, light
Potency – Hot
Post digestive effect – Pungent
Bhavaprakasha – Karpuradi Varga -
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