Hemlock Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight (Tsuga)

Hemlock Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight (Tsuga)

Coniferous tree native to parts of North America, not to be confused with the poisonous hemlock plant (Conium maculatum). The hemlock tree creates a safe and wonderful oil full of therapeutic uses. Read on to learn more about Hemlock essential oil.

Hemlock oil is sometimes called Tsuga essential oil. It has a fresh and crisp aroma that is great in room sprays, perfumes, household cleaning, and bath products.

This energetic oil is supportive to respiratory and immune system. It is also a grounding oil, like most other tree oils. It brings calming to the spirit.

Has a fresh "walk in the forest" aroma that is good for meditation and yoga as it assists with spiritual connection. It also can boost the immune system to fight colds, flu, and infections.

Hemlock Essential Oil Facts

Botanical Name Tsuga canadensis
Botanical Family Pinaceae
Aka Tsuga, Eastern Hemlock, or Spruce Hemlock
Aroma Piney, fresh, fruity, earthy, woody
Extraction Method Steam distilled
Plant Part Used Needles, twigs
Shelf Life 4 years
Kid Safe? Yes
Safety Concerns Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant


Hemlock Essential Oil Blends Well With:

Pine, Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Lavender, Amyris, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Galbanum, Benzoin, Lavandin.

Therapeutic Uses:

Muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, respiratory weakness, colds, flu, infections, anxiety, stress-related conditions (from The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, page 186)

Hemlock Essential Oil Benefits

- Supports healthy lung function

- Restores and uplifts mood

- Brings comfort during stressful times

- Supports healthy adrenal activity

- Skin cleansing properties

- Promotes relaxation

- Eases sore throats and coughs

- Soothes sore muscles and joints

- Supports overall immunity and vitality

- Helps to overcome fatigue

- Clears mucus and congestion

Hemlock Essential Oil Uses

- Mix with jojoba oil and enjoy as a natural massage blend for sore muscles.

- Support respiratory health by adding tsuga oil to a nebulizing diffuser

- Add a drop to a diffuser necklace to uplift your day.

- Diffuse to bring comfort during stressful times.

- Place one drop in the palm of hand, rub hands together then deeply inhale the aroma to promote relaxation.

- Blend with a carrier oil and rub onto your chest and neck to help with cough and congestion.

- Place 2 drops on the shower floor just before you get in to support a healthy mind and body.

Hemlock Essential Oil Recipes

Evergreen Melody Diffuser Blend

  • 2 drops Balsam Fir
  • 2 drops Black Spruce
  • 2 drops Pine
  • 2 drops Hemlock

Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank. Read more about diffusing essential oils. I like to use a 100-200 ml water tank diffuser but you can use whatever size you prefer.

Hemlock Essential Oil - Evergreen Melody Diffuser Blend by Loving Essential Oils

Spastic Cough Chest Rub

  • 14 drops Hemlock
  • 6 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 oz glass jar

Melt coconut oil in a warm water bath (place closed jar into warm water). Add essential oils to glass jar, pour melted coconut oil into jar. Stir to mix, allow to cool to solid form. Apply small dab to chest as needed. 2% dilution.

Hidden Garden Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Douglas Fir
  • 2 drops Hemlock

Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank.

Tsuga Essential Oil - Hidden Garden Diffuser Blend by Loving Essential Oils

Respiratory Relief Inhaler

  • 5 drops Hemlock
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • Blank Inhaler

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

Forever Green Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Balsam Fir
  • 3 drops Hemlock

Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank.

Sinus Relief Inhaler

  • 6 drops Hemlock
  • 5 drops Ravintsara
  • 4 drops Tea Tree
  • Blank Inhaler

Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler.

Mountain Love Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops Himalayan cedarwood
  • 2 drops Douglas Fir
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Hemlock

Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank.

Where to Buy Hemlock Essential Oil

Hemlock is not widely available. Plant Therapy use to carry hemlock spruce but unfortunately they no longer do (I cry), I think that Young Living still sells it as Tsuga. Here is another option:

Stillpoint Aromatics has Hemlock currently available too, I have used this company before and they offer great products.

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.

Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container.

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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Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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