Discover Solutions: Arborvitae


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Warm and woody, Arborvitae essential oil is used in meditation practices for its calming properties. The arborvitae tree provides an essential oil with cleansing properties. Arborvitae naturally repels insects, assists with skin care, and helps preserve and polish wood furniture.

Integumentary System


  • For a natural purifier and cleaner, add a few drops of Arborvitae and Lemon essential oils to a spray bottle with water.
  • Try a DIY facial mask by adding one or two drops each of Arborvitae and Bergamot essential oils to a tablespoon of raw honey. Apply facial mask by rubbing it gently into the skin. After 5–15 minutes, wash the mask off with warm water and washcloth. 
  • Apply Arborvitae essential oil to the skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes.
  • Apply to wrists and ankles while hiking to repel insects, or diffuse to repel insects indoors and purify air. 
  • Diffuse during meditation or apply to your pulse points for a sense of peace and calm.


What Is Arborvitae?

An arborvitae tree can live for hundreds of years. In Latin, arborvitae means “tree of life,” so named for its health benefits and usefulness as a building material. The arborvitae, or Western Red Cedar, is native to North America and is related to the giant Redwood trees that flourish in the Pacific Northwest. Arborvitae essential oil is steam distilled from the aromatic wood of these evergreen trees. doTERRA Arborvitae essential oil is sourced from Canada—its chemical composition contains a unique concentration of methyl thujate and carries a robust, woodsy scent. 

What Is Arborvitae Essential Oil Used For?

Due to its high concentration of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds, Arborvitae protects against environmental and seasonal threats. Diffuse Arborvitae to purify the air. When applied topically, it promotes clear, healthy looking skin and can reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Arborvitae naturally repels insects. Apply it to your wrists and ankles or add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray on your clothes and hands for a protecting solution while hiking. You can also use Arborvitae to shield yourself indoors. Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it near stored wool blankets to protect against moths. 

Additionally, Arborvitae essential oil provides emotional benefits. It is simultaneously stimulating and grounding. It can help bring a sense of invigorated composure and awareness. This makes it an appealing option for diffusing during meditation or for creating a state of mindfulness. 

How Has Arborvitae Been Used Historically?

Historically, Native Americans used the arborvitae tree for many practical purposes. The wood was used for building vessels, totem poles, and homes. The roots and bark could be used to make other items like baskets, rope, and twine. The Western Red Cedar was ideal for these kinds of projects due to its chemical makeup and ability to repels insects, minimizing damage and maximizing preservation. These same properties contribute to the wonderful benefits of Arborvitae essential oil. 

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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