Interpretive Trail – Post 10: Eastern White Cedar & Wild Sarsaparilla

Eastern White Cedar

As the trail descends towards the cooler, moist shore of Cedar Bay, the first eastern white cedars make an appearance.  Cedar is also know as, “Arborvitae” or “Tree of Live.”  First Nation people used Cedar leaves to make a tea to treat scurvy which was brought over by European explorers.

Wild Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla was the original root beer.  Also, in the Smurf’s cook book, sarsaparilla leaves were the preferred food.  Sarsaparilla berries have been used to make wine and its rhizomes (underground stems) for medicines to treat nosebleeds, wounds and sores.

 

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