Nootka tree essential oil... ever heard of it? This essential oil is steam distilled from one of the world's strongest cedar varieties called the Nootka cedar tree that is native to Canada. In this post I will spotlight Nootka essential oil uses and benefits, as well as some DIY recipe you can try.
This may not be a common oil in aromatherapy but definitely one that piqued my interest (like every tree essential oil I have ever met). It is said to smell like fresh pencil shavings and I must say that when I first inhaled the aroma, that is the exact scent I smelled.
It may not be for everyone, my husband wasn't a fan, but I do think it is worth trying if you are essential oil connoisseur. There's something very calming about it. I find it grounding, soothing, relaxing & inspiring!
Nootka Tree Wood Essential Oil Facts
The tree is also referred to as Alaskan Cypress, Nootka Cypress, and Yellow Cypress.
|Botanical Name||Cupressus nootkatensis|
|Aka||Alaskan Cypress, Nootka Cypress, Yellow Cypress|
|Aroma||Warm, woody, sharp, earthy|
|Note||Middle - Base|
|Extraction Method||Steam distilled|
|Plant Part Used||Bark, wood|
|Shelf Life||2 years|
|Safety Concerns||Non-toxic, non-irritant|
Nootka Tree Blends Well With:
- Black Pepper
- Cape Chamomile
- Clary Sage
- German Chamomile
- Roman Chamomile
- Scotch Pine
- Silver Fir
- Ylang Ylang
Therapeutic Properties: Antibacterial, Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Calmative, Insect Deterrent, Sedative
Nootka Tree Essential Oil Benefits
- Its scent is reminiscent of the forest
- Brings mental clarity and uplifts mood
- An effective natural insect repellent to flies, ticks, mosquitoes, mites, gnats, and other pests
- Eases fatigue, stress, and negativity
- Refreshes and energizes the mind and the emotions
- Opens congested and constricted airways
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Calms mood swings
Nootka Tree Essential Oil Uses
Here are some wonderful uses for rosewood:
Meditation: Diffuse during meditation to combat negativity and calming the mind.
Bedtime: Use in a nighttime diffuser blend with lavender or vetiver for the ultimate relaxation and tension diffusion.
Bathing: Add to a warm bath for a restorative experience, plus it has anti-inflammatory property that can calm your aches and pains.
Emotional Balance: Whether your dealing with mood swings or just having a frustrating day, give this emotionally balancing oil a chance to soothe you. Add 1 drop to the palm of your hand and deeply inhale the scent.
Insect Repellent: Make your own bug blend with other oils that repel bugs like geranium, citronella, or catnip.
Perfume: Use its unique aroma in a natural perfume blend.
Skin Healing: Use on scrapes and cut to help skin heal (dilute first).
Where to Buy Nootka Oil
This oil is not widely available but can be found. Here are two great essential oil sources.
Nootka Tree Essential Oil Recipes
This oil has a unique aroma that is strong, making it perfect to add to your favorite DIY essential oil recipe and homemade products.
1. Nootka Tree Inhaler Blend - Morning Meditation
Let this lovely wood oil enhance your morning meditation or just inhale this blend as you go about your am routine for mental strength and support.
Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, use tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in the blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma throughout the day as needed.
2. Bugs Away Nootka Roller Blend
Nootka essential oil can repel bugs, add in some citronella or catnip oil for a very powerful insert repellent. Using this oil blend in a roller bottle can make grabbing and applying on the go really simple.
Directions: Add essential oils into the roller bottle. Top bottle off with jojoba oil. To use, apply to pulse points and any exposed skin that is vulnerable to insect bites.
3. Nootka Oil Diffuser Blend - Tranquil Moment
|Here is a nice woodsy blend that is very calming and grounding.
Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy. Read more about diffusing essential oils.
4. Easy Breathing Chest Rub Recipe
Ease congestion and breath a little easier with this chest rub blend.
Directions: Add essential oils to dropper bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with jojoba oil. To use, place a few drops in the palm of your hand and rub onto chest and neck as needed to open airways.
5. Rocky Mountain Diffuser Blend
Improve your mood and outlook on life with this supportive diffuser recipe. When diffused this oil blend imparts a relaxing atmosphere.
Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.
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), you may 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, read more here.
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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