Arborvitae - is a new favorite of mine. Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes 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. 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.
On an emotional level, Arborvitae is known as "the Oil of Divine Grace". It is a grounding oil, reminding us that God's grace can be felt and experienced here on earth; it is not distant or separate. God can hep us find balance in our lives and know what we should hold close and what we should release. True strength comes through a willingness to receive God's strength. Try this: apply a drop of oil to your wrists and neck, take a deep breath in, stand strong and tall - trust in the flow of life, live by Divine grace - all the way down to the cellular level!
References / Adapted from:
Hill, D.K. , A Review of the Biological Activity and Therapeutic Value of Great Arborvitae Essential Oil. Aromaticscience.com. Retrieved from http://aromaticscience.com/great-arborvitae-essential-oil/
Emotions & Essential Oils, A Modern Resource for Healing. 3rd ed. Fall 2014.
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN