Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Warm and woody, Arborvitae essential oil is used in meditation practices for its calming aroma. The arborvitae tree provides an essential oil with cleansing properties. Arborvitae oil assists with skincare and can be used to help polish wood furniture.
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.
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.
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.
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 natural preservative properties that protect the tree from damage.These same properties contribute to the wonderful benefits of Arborvitae essential oil.