Latin Name:  Thuja plicata 

Part of Plant:  Wood

Country of Origin:  Canada

Method of Production:  Steam Distillation


Also known as the "Tree of Life" or Western Red Cedar, the Giant Arborvitae trees are harvested for their wood for various construction and furniture applications.  The sawdust by-product is collected and distilled to produce one of the most amazing cedarwood oils around, much different than the traditional Texan and Virginian cedarwood oils that are also members of the Cupressaceae botanical family.  With over 50% methyl thujate, this amazing wood oil has been the subject of recent research. 


Arborvitae essential oil may assist with the appearance of skin when properly diluted and applied topically.  With its woodsy aroma, it would make a lovely addition to a blend for relaxing outdoors on a summer evening. It is also a popular addition to masculine blends.


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Dilute to 1% in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil.  Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.

  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Keep out of reach of children and pets. If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically. Possible skin sensitivity. Do not use on broken skin. Watch for any possible interactions or side effects. Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


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