Arborvitae Essential Oil

The use of Arborvitae essential oil goes way back in history. Arborvitae literally means “Tree of Life” with some trees still standing today that are over 100 years old.

It has been known throughout history that Arborvitae essential oil had many health benefits, but why? Today modern science has shown that the Arborvitae essential oil is very high in troponoles. Troponoles are 7 sided carbon rings not often seen in nature and they are not found often in other essential oils. Troponoles are what give Arborvitae its unique therapeutic qualities that are so beneficial to health. The Arborvitae tree has a very strong immune system, with fallen trees staying in tact for many, many years as if they fell just yesterday.

“From the boughs they will brush away illness and sadness”


The Giant Arborvitae


Arborvitae essential oil is also very high in Esters. Esters are not seen often in other wood oils, making Arborvitae uniique. Esters are very calming, soothing and grounding much like the great Arborvitae tree itself.

Bugs and other insects like termites do not like the Giant Arborvitae making it very useful in outdoor essential oil blends meant to discourage bugs.

Sourcing Arborvitae essential oil must be carefully done and in this case we are talking specifically about the Giant Arborvitae. Typically cedars have very high concentrations of a chemical called thujone. Thujone is a neurotoxin. Not only is the geography of where this essential oil is sourced important, but, what part of the Arborvitae is used to produce the oil is key.

It is only the wood of this great cedar that is found to be free of the neurotoxin, thujone. The needles are very high in thujone and should be avoided. It has been found that an essential oil coming from the wood of this Arborvitae, grown in the Northwest is free of thujone and therefore safe for use by humans.

There is only one distillary distilling the Giant Arborvitae wood in the world. doTERRA’s Arborvitae is sustainably sourced from the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest. The oil is extracted from the shavings left over from milled wood. The pulp that is left over after the oil has been extracted is then made into paper. No trees are cut down for the singular purpose of extracting the oils.

Aroma: Very woody.

Distillation process: Steam distillation.

Enjoy this video on the sourcing of doTERRA’s Arborvitae

Application: Topical & aromatically.

Also known as Tree of Life, Thuja Cedar, Western Red Cedar, Great Arborvitae & Shinglewood.

DSHEA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

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