Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is a conifer native to the northern United States and Canada. All parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and for a variety of health benefits.
Though Arborvitae essential oil has gained popularity in skin care, scientific research on its activities in human cells was literally nonexistent. Recently, doTERRA scientists published the first study examining the biological activity of Arborvitae essential oil in human skin cells.
The study found that Arborvitae was able to influence tissue remodeling–related proteins. Arborvitae essential oil was also found to diversely impact the human global gene expression. These results suggest that Arborvitae essential oil is highly active in human skin cells, specifically in supporting healthy inflammatory and tissue remodeling processes.
While there is still much to learn about the mechanisms that enable these processes, this study is the first in a long line of research doTERRA scientists have planned to pushed forward the understanding of this amazing oil.