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Native to the Pacific Northwest of North America, Arborvitae is an evergreen coniferous tree that is valued for its many unique benefits. The variety of chemical components found in Arborvitae essential oil makes it a must-have for wood preservation. Arborvitae has natural preserving properties that keep wood from rotting. Because of this unique preservation ability, Arborvitae is often used in woodcraft and for protecting wood surfaces. The wood and natural components of Arborvitae are also recognized by Native Americans, who used it for making vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Arborvitae not only protects wood, but its organic elements also safeguard individuals against environmental and seasonal threats as an effective cleanser. The essential oil produced from Arborvitae trees is ideal for using aromatically and topically for cleansing and purifying. Arborvitae oil also makes a great companion for outdoor activity as it acts as a natural insect repellant. With so many beneficial qualities and uses, there is no question as to why Arborvitae has earned the nickname "tree of life."
If you are seeking a natural solution for a threat that just won't go away, Arborvitae may be just what you are looking for. (May even be more effective than Melaleuca or Tea Tree in some cases!)
Arborvitae Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
Because Arborvitae trees have powerful resistance to decay and insect damage, large fallen Arborvitae trees can remain sound for over 100 years and even then their wood can still be salvaged for shakes for roofs and other commonly needed wood products.
Chemistry of Arborvitae Essential Oil
Main Chemical Components: Methyl thujate, methyl myrtenate, α-terpineol
One of Arborvitae’s main chemical components is Methyl thujate. This chemical has a monoterpene backbone with an ester functional group. Because of Arborvitae oil’s main chemical properties, it has a strong renewing effect.
Arborvitae is abundant in unique benefits. Arborvitae essential oil is concentrated in tropolones, such as hinokitiol, This is a rare chemistry that research shows contributes to this oil’s potency within the body and makes it bioactive (effective) inhibiting the growth of threats in the body and initiates cellular protection. These compounds also contribute to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment.
Oils that Blend Well with Arborvitae Essential Oil
Arborvitae essential oil blends well with Birch, Cedarwood, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, and Eucalyptus essential oils for diffusion.
I also like diffusing with many of the citrus oils!
Here is a beautiful video about where we get our Arbovitae and some of it's history - how it gets it's name "the tree of life"!