Arborvitae Essential Oil (Western Red Cedar)
Aroma: Rich, Woody, Warm, Powerful
Extraction: Steam Distillation
Part Used: Wood
Arborvitae is an essential oil with a woody, earthy, and warm aroma. Because Arborvitae is extremely potent, and has a powerful aroma along with heavy pigmentation, it should be highly diluted to prevent staining. This oil’s primary constituent is Methyl thujate, and it is popular for promoting clear and healthy looking skin when applied topically. Arborvitae is a powerful cleansing oil, making it an ideal addition to home-made cleansing recipes. This oil has traditionally been used as a wood preservative and can also be used as a natural insect repellent.
Apply 1-2 diluted drops on area of concern, pulse points, abdomen, or back
Add several diluted drops to skin or skin care products
Add 1-3 drops to a diffuser
Add a diluted drop to palms of hands, cover nose and mouth and inhale
Inhale scent directly from the bottle, or put a drop on a tissue and inhale
Hazards: Expected to be neurotoxic, based on thujone content.
Contraindications (all routes): Pregnancy, breastfeeding
Contraindications: Should not be taken in oral doses.
Maximum dermal use level: 0.25%
Dilute to 0.25% or less before topical application. Do not use on mucous membranes.
Six essential oils (from oregano, thyme, clove, lavender, clary sage, and arborvitae) exhibited different antibacterial and antifungal properties. Antimicrobial activity was shown against pathogenic and environmental bacteria and fungi. Oregano, thyme, clove and arborvitae showed very strong antibacterial activity against all tested strains at both full strength and reduced concentrations. These essential oils showed different fungistatic and fungicidal activities when tested by direct application and in the vapor phase.
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