Botanical Name: Thuja plicata
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Wood
Blends Well With: Nootka Tree, Patchouli, Galbanum, Gingergrass, Sandalwood and Cedarwood
Aroma: Intensely woody, sharp and potent with faintly sweet and fruity nuances
Consistency: Thin - Medium
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Not to be confused with thujone-rich Arborvitae distilled from the leaves.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 4 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Arborvitae essential oil is distilled from the wood of Thuja plicata tree, also known as the ‘Tree of Life” or as the majestic Western Red Cedar found in the northwestern united states and Canada. It has a strong pungent, bold, warm and earthy presence aroma that is incredibly grounding. Its main component, methyl thujate, is outstanding for inflammatory conditions.
- This oil has a lot of unique benefits and its health benefits should not be overlooked. Topically, this essential oil works well in dilutions to achieve healthy looking skin by reducing inflammation. Its powerful purifying properties will help cleanse and reduce redness, irritation and calm itchy skin. If using it on those with sensitive skin, perform a skin patch test before using in a larger area. Another option is to use it in blends as a natural insect repellent diluted with a carrier oil. For respiratory concerns such as bronchitis, try a stream inhalation by adding some Peru Balsam to hot steamy water in a glass or ceramic bowl, tenting a towel over your head, closing your eyes and adding 1-2 drops of Peru Balsam to the water. Tent the towel over your bowl and head and breathe deeply for a few minutes.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them are by way of inhalation and topical use. Using Arborvitae essential oil internally is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Essential oil ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to drink essential oils, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- Arborvitae essential oil, known by its Latin name, Thuja plicata, is not the same chemotype as Thuja occidentalis. Thuja plicata is also known as Western Red Cedar and an oil that does not contain the component thuja and should not be confused with Thuja occidentalis, a tree native to Europe also known as White Cedar. The latter, if the plant is ingested fresh or the essential oil in large doses, can cause toxic reactions that include vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhea and gastroenteritis, headache and further may cause issues with heart palpitations, liver atrophy arrhythmia and myocardial bleeding.
- If choosing to use Arborvitae essential oil around your dog or cat, it’s important to look out for warning signs such as behavioral differences, such as whining, scratching or acting loopy. Stop using essential oils around your pets if you notice these signs, and don’t use essential oils around small pets, puppies, kittens and pregnant cats and dogs. We don’t recommend applying essential oils to your pup or administering oils orally without consulting a holistic veterinarian. You may diffuse small amounts of oil around your pet, but be sure to do so in a well-ventilated room where your pet can leave if desired.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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