Essential Oil Spotlight: Arborvitae

Tree of life

Traditionally, Native Americans have used every part of the arborvitae tree for a variety of purposes. They built homes and canoes from the wood, made baskets from the roots, and crafted clothes, rope, and twine from the bark. They also used leaves in teas and salves for certain health benefits.

The unique components found in Arborvitae essential oil give it its profound therapeutic benefits. High in tropolone content, Arborvitae essential oil contains strong cleansing properties that protect the immune system and support normal cell activity in the body. The essential oil also makes an excellent insect repellant and natural wood preservative. Arborvitae’s warm, woody, earthy aroma calms nerves and balances emotions.

How to Use:

• Diffuse a couple drops alone or with other essential oils of choice to purify air.

• Apply 1–2 drops to affected area on the skin.

• Mix with water in a spray bottle to clean surfaces.

• Add to wood furniture and floor polish.

Key Benefits:

• Soothes the body and emotions

• Cleanses and purifies the air

• Soothes the skin

• Acts as a natural bug repellant

Plant Part: Wood

Distillation Method: Steam

Origin: Canada

Fun Facts:

  • doTERRA is the only company in the aromatherapy industry that offers Arborvitae essential oil.
  • The oldest arborvitae tree discovered was around 1,653 years old when it died.
  • Because of the preservative properties of the Arborvitae oil, even trees that have fallen hundreds of years ago still look as if they had fallen only yesterday.

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