Arborvitae

Main Uses    

  • Protects against environmental and seasonal threats
  • Powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Natural insect repellent and wood preservative
  • Supports feelings of uncertainty, instability, and sadness

Application: Aromatic, Topical
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Woody, warm, earthy
Main Chemical Components: Methyl thujate, hinokitiol, thujic acid
Plant Part: Wood


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"The Tree of Life"    

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in unique benefits. Our arborvitae essential oil is sourced from the heartwood of the Thujaplicata tree. It is also known as Western Red Cedar and is native to North America (primarily Canada and the Northwestern United States). This unique source of arborvitae essential oil contains a distinct chemical profile and is uniquely concentrated in methyl thujate. The sourcing arrangements for this oil are done in an innovative, environmentally-responsible way through distillation of residual wood materials to ensure no trees are unnecessarily harvested for production. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.


Home and Health Uses

  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray onsurfaces or hands for a quick DIY cleaner.
  • Apply to wrists and ankles while hiking.• Diffuse to purify the air and to repel insects insidethe home.
  • Mix 4 drops of Arborvitae essential oil and 2 drops ofLemon essential oil for a natural wood preservativeand polish.
  • Use during meditation for a sense of peace and calm.


Emotional Uses

As a member of the tree family, Arborvitae is grounding and stabilizing to the nervous system. Because it has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, it protects and sustains those who use it. Arborvitae is a hearty plant that produces a high yield of essential oil. It may be used to support those who feel broken or ill due to relationships that have been abusive or where there are patterns of codependency. It can be helpful to those facing divorce. If you need additional resources to sustain your strength, better personal boundaries, and a stronger connection to life, arborvitae may provide that added support. It may leave you feeling capable, sturdy, grounded, powerful, and independent. Arborvitae supports feelings of uncertainty, instability, fear, sadness loneliness, and agitation.


Further Reading

The tree itself is majestic in size and is native to the forests of Canada. The history of the tree is intimately interlaced with the history of the Native American people due to its extensive use within their communities both for its protective health benefits and as a building material to construct totem poles, baskets, vessels, and even clothing. The nature of the Arborvitae tree lends itself perfectly to woodwork endeavors such as these because of the presence of thujic acid within the wood, which is among the many tropolones that form the chemical constitution of Arborvitae essential oil. Thujic acid is important for woodworking because of its scientifically proven ability to protect against common threats in the environment, including insects. These natural preservational characteristics keep the wood from rotting, making anything formed from an Arborvitae tree a strong and lasting creation.

The beautiful thing about the doTERRA Arborvitae essential oil is that many of the same protective and preservational characteristics found in the tree are also found in a concentrated and accessible form available at our fingertips within the essential oil.

Upon first use, it’s easy to discover how seamlessly these characteristics transfer to home and health applications. doTERRA Arborvitae essential oil can be mixed with water and sprayed across surfaces or even just your hands to protect against environmental threats. To keep insects away from your skin while you’re exploring the outdoors, simply apply a few drops of Arborvitae to your wrists and your ankles. You can also diffuse this essential oil to keep pesky insects at bay, whether that’s in your home or during an outdoor gathering. And to bring the preservational strengths of Arborvitae to the other kinds of wood in your home, mix Arborvitae with Lemon for a natural polish that preserves as it shines.

The strength of the Arborvitae tree shines through in the oil in more ways that simply practical applications. There is still more this essential oil can do. doTERRA Arborvitae is also widely used in yoga practices for its powerful capacity to encourage a sense of serenity throughout meditation. Ground yourself and your life in the power of the Arborvitae essential oil and you too will come to understand the deep spiritual and physical reliance peoples ancient and modern have come to cherish from this beautiful “tree of life.”

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