The Magnificence of Cedar

At our cottage we spend a great deal of time in the forest.  We are wedged between the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Shouldice Lake where we  enjoy 240 acres of untouched land.  Our property is covered primarily with cedar, birch, balsam, fir and pine trees; with the occasional maple.  Here between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, it is sparsely populated.  The land is rugged with many beautiful rock formations, and inland lakes.  One of our favourite pass times while at our cottage is wandering through the forest.  Our family has made several inviting trails that meander along the lakeshore and venture deep into the forest.  We find many deep cracks in the earth, brilliant green moss on the rocks, and a lot of wild life.

One of our greatest joys is listening to the sounds of the forest.  It changes with every season.  Currently, we are enjoying the sound of the Spring Peepers.  Spring Peepers are little tree frogs that sing very loudly beginning in April or early May here on the Peninsula.  As the crocus and the robin are the first signs of spring in the garden, the Spring Peepers are the harbingers of spring in the forest.

Yesterday, we worked on one of the largest trails on our land.  It is a big loop that starts at our cottage, runs along a small inland lake that separates  us form the National Park, goes deep into the forest and back to the cottage again.  Parts of our trails have had a head start by loggers who were hired by the previous owners of this land.  Other parts of our trails are virgin territory.  We are selective when carving our trails.  As my son says, “it’s an art” choosing which trees to trim to make it practical while maintaining the natural feel and beauty of the forest.  Trees that grow fast and trees with a short lifespan, are the ones that we prefer to trim or eliminate for the sake of our trails.  That means,  balsam and birch are more likely to come down while the glorious cedars are  generally left alone.  We never interfere with maples.

Did you know that cedar tress are mentioned more than any other tree in the bible?  The bible describes the cedar tree as strong and durable (Isaiah 9:10), graceful and beautiful (psalms 80:10, Ezekiel 17:23), high and tall (Amos 2:9, Ezekiel 17:22), fragrant (song of songs 4:11), and spreading wide (psalms 80: 10-11).

Not only do the sights and sounds of the forest fascinate me, I’m also taken with the incredible smell of the forest.  Yesterday, when we were working on our main loop, we took down a number of balsam and a couple of Cedar. When we do this, the smell of the trees hangs heavily in the air.  It’s magnificent.

Although it makes sense to have this aromatic experience in a forest, there is a flash of disorientation for me as I’m used to these smells in my office when I diffuse balsam and cedarwood essential oils. Immediately following there is wonder and appreciation of these incredible gifts of the earth.  The essential oils of trees serve to protect them from environmental threats including parasites, fungi and mold.  The adverse effects of Pesticides and herbicides, if present, are reduced because of the essential oil of the tree.  Nature is complete and beautiful!

I love “Forest Bathing.”  It’s a practice that has gone on for thousands of years in many religions although the actual term “forest bathing” emerged in Japan in the 1980’s to encourage restitution from technological stress and connection to nature.  For many people, the connection to nature is the primary reason to forest bathe.  The atmosphere of the forest with its enchanting sounds and aromas provides for us supporting energies.  Our role in forest bathing is to let go of  subtle energies that create (any form of) tightness in our system and make room to receive the enriching and expanding energies of the forest.  Let it flow in the forest! It’s awesome!

The energy from the essential oil of the cedar tree has a calming and connecting effect on the soul.  The aroma is known to support bonding and joy in relationships.  If you can get out under the cedars, do so.  Open your arms wide and stand in silence allowing yourself to release and receive.  Great things happen when we connect this way.

Or, create a forest escape in  your home by diffusing cedarwood essential oil.  It’s an effective and enjoyable way to experience the calming and connecting effect on the soul that the oil of the cedar tree provides.  That flash second of disorientation I describe at smelling essential oils in the forest when I’m used to the scent in my office stands to amaze me.  It’s noteworthy  how perfectly doterra has captured both balsam and cedar essential oil.  I love it!


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