Hemlock Essential Oil Uses, Benefits and Recipes aka Tsuga

The hemlock tree creates a safe and wonderful essential oil that is full of beneficial therapeutic properties. Read on to learn more about Hemlock essential oil uses and benefits, plus DIY recipes to to try at home!
Hemlock Essential Oil Uses, Benefits and Recipes aka Tsuga by Loving Essential Oils

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 essential oil that is full of beneficial therapeutic properties. Read on to learn more about Hemlock essential oil uses and benefits, plus DIY recipes to to try at home!

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

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

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.

Here are several benefits of Hemlock Essential Oil:

  • 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

Here are 7 simple blends to add the amazing benefits of Tsuga essential oil into your aromatherapy routine, including hemlock diffuser blends.

 Evergreen Melody Diffuser Blend

Here is a beautiful foresty blend of evergreen essential oils, you can substitute other woodsy essential oils as desired.

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

Directions: 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

Experience the wonderful healing and supportive properties of essential oils in this DIY cough blend.

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

Directions: 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

Looking for a gem of a diffuser blend? Bring the outdoors in with this naturally scented recipe and freshen the stale air in your home.

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

Directions: 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

Inhale this essential oil recipe to open up your breathing and create calm feelings.

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

Directions: Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler.

Inhaler blends are great for on the go or when in an enclosed area with others present. They allow you to get in a quick aromatherapy session without bothering those around you. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.

 

 Forever Green Diffuser Blend

Not sure about you but I can't get enough of the forest scented essential oils, here is another great oil blend inspired by nature.

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

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

 

 Sinus Relief Inhaler

This trio of essential oils can help to clear sinus congestion and support healthy airways.

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

Directions: Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler.

 

 Mountain Love Diffuser Blend

Diffuse this essential oil blend reminiscent of fresh mountain air that is so cleansing and refreshing to inhale.

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

Directions: 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).

Young Living sells it under the name Tsuga essential oil.

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

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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