Primary Benefits of Arborvitae Essential Oil;
Uses for Arborvitae Essential Oil;
- Apply 1-2 drops to areas of concern on the skin.
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray on surfaces or hands to protect against environmental threats
- Apply to pulse points to promote healthy cell function
- Diffuse to purify the air and to repel insects inside of your home.
Hear what Dr. Hill has to say in his ‘Review of the Biological Activity and Therapeutic Value of great Arborvitae Essential Oil’
by Dr. David K. Hill
Chief Medical Officer at dōTERRA Intl. LLC
Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board
“The giant Arborvitae (Thuja plicata) trees that grow native to the northern United States and Canada are coniferous evergreens within the botanical family Cupressaceae. Although commonly referred to as the “Red Cedar,” Arborvitae is not a true cedar because it does not fall within the Cedrus genus. Instead, it is derived from the Thuja genus, which is composed of just five botanical species. One species, Thuja plicata, has been particularly pinpointed for its significant health benefits. The essential oil derived from the raw plant material has demonstrated especially potent benefits and is capable of stimulating profound physiologic activity in the body.
The chemistry of Arborvitae oil is unique due to its high tropolone content. Tropolones are a class of chemical compounds with an unusual seven-sided carbon ring structure. Such rare chemistry contributes to this oil’s potency within the body and makes it bioactive against pathological conditions. Methyl thujate is the primary tropolone found in Arborvitae essential oil, though it also contains other tropolone varieties in lesser quantities.
The sourcing story of this intriguing oil is nearly as significant as its unique chemistry. Arborvitae trees were traditionally utilized for ornamental purposes due to the quick growth rate of the trees and the durability and insecticidal properties of the wood. Lumber harvested from these trees is highly resistant to decay and lightweight, making it an ideal construction material. Most commonly, the wood is used for roofing, decking, framing, or fencing projects. After collection of the lumber, there are a number of byproducts (scrap lumber, sawdust, branches, etc.) that can be used to collect essential oil. Because these byproducts produce an essential oil with optimal chemistry, they become a viable sourcing option that allows for production of superior, quality essential oils while also minimizing environmental impact and decreasing waste.”
Common Uses: The chemical constituents of Arborvitae Essential Oil have anti-rheumatic, anti-infectious and anti-allergenic properties which have served as an expectorant, stimulant, astringent, vermifuge, diuretic, emmenogogue and anthelmintic. Considered to be a natural insect repellent, it has been used to soothe both psoriasis and poison ivy.
History: Also known as Tree of Life, Native Americans put boughs of arborvitae on tepee poles, believing that it would ward off lightning. The foliage of Arborvitae is rich in Vitamin C, and was used by Native Americans and early European explorers as a cure for scurvy.
Cautions: Avoid during pregnancy. It is important to note that arborvitae oil is rich in thujone, a neurotoxin substance that must be used wisely.