Arborvitae Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Arborvitae Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Arborvitae oil has powerful cleansing and purifying action. This woodsy oil has many benefits and is ideal for using aromatically or topically for natural health and wellness.

Arborvitae means "tree of life", it can reach up to 100-200 feet in height, the largest tree in the cypress family.

It has an emotionally grounding and calming aroma... perfect to use when overwhelmed, stresses, or struggling with life. It can also enhance spiritual awareness.

Arborvitae Essential Oil Facts

Botanical Name:

Thuja plicata

Botanical Family:

Cupressaceae (Cypress)

Aka:

Western Red Cedar

Plant Part Used:

Wood

Extraction Method:

Steam distilled

Aroma:

Woody, warm, earthy

Main Constituents:

Thujone, Methyl thujate. See Essential Oil Safety for a complete list of constituents.

Safety Precautions:

Contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding. There is a possible risk of convulsions with moderate to high doses of thujone (a chemical component in Arborvitae), best to use sparingly.

Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic. Do not ingest. Not a kid friendly oil.

Arborvitae Essential Oil Blends Well With:

Birch, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Cassia, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Manuka, Myrrh.

Arborvitae Oil Benefits

- Works as a natural preservative and can help protect wood from rotting

- Inspires feelings of peace and calm

- Acts as a powerful cleansing agent

- Purifies and cleanses the air

- Provides a calm and serene environment

- Helps promote healthy skin

- Protects against seasonal and environmental threats

- Soothes the body and emotions

- Acts as a natural buy repellent

Arborvitae Oil Uses

- Mix with jojoba oil and citronella oil (or lemongrass) to use as a natural insect repellent.

- Use during meditation for a sense of peace, check out our Mediation inhaler recipe below.

- Mix in mulch while gardening for a natural bug repellent.

- Use to heighten your yoga practice by helping you relax.

- Add a drop to a diffuser necklace to keep calm at work.

- Diffuse to purify air of unwanted odors and repel insects in home.

- Place one drop in the palm of hand, rub hands together then deeply inhale the aroma to relieve stress

Arborvitae Essential Oil Recipes

Forest Dawn Diffuser Blend

Great morning blend of uplifting and energizing oils

  • 1 drop Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 1 drop Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • 1 drop Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • 2 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water. Read more about diffusing essential oils.

Meditation Inhaler Blend

Inhale this blend before mediation or when needing some relaxation

  • 6 drops Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 4 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 4 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • Aromatherapy Inhaler

Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.

Happy Mama Roll On

For when overworked mama needs some happy time

  • 2 drops Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 2 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • 2 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
  • 2 drops Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
  • Jojoba Oil
  • 10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with jojoba oil. Roll onto wrists, chest and shoulders. 5% dilution.

Into The Woods Beard Oil

Woody and warm combination provides an invigorating aroma

  • 6 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 3 drops Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 1 oz Dropper bottle

Lumberjack Diffuser Blend

Great blend to bring the outdoor woody aroma inside

  • 2 drops Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 2 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 2 drops Sandalwood (Santalum album)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.

Sleep Boost Roll On

This trio offers natural sedative action to help you get some sleep

  • 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 2 drops Himalayan Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara)
  • Jojoba Oil
  • 10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with jojoba oil. Roll onto wrists, chest and shoulders. 4% dilution.

Fresh Energy Diffuser Blend

Love the woodsy freshness of this blend

  • 3 drops Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 2 drops Silver Fir (Abies alba)
  • 2 drops Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.

Woodsy Cologne Roll On

  • 4 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 3 drops Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 3 drops Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • Jojoba Oil
  • 10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with jojoba oil. Roll onto wrists, chest and shoulders. 5% dilution.

Natural Wood Preservative & Polish Oil

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar (optional: extra cleaning power)
  • 4 drops Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 2 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)

Mix in a bowl and apply to microfiber cloth. Wipe down wood surfaces and let air dry.

Where to Buy Arborvitae Essential Oil

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General Essential Oil Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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