Arborvitae (Thuja plicata) Essential Oil

Known as the “tree of life”, Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in unique benefits. Arborvitae essential oil is concentrated in tropolones, such as hinokitiol, which are a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats and have powerful purifying properties. These compounds also contribute to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.

Arborvitae Thuja plicata Essential Oil
Arborvitae Thuja plicata (Courtesy of Wikipedia)


  • Protects against environmental and seasonal threats*
  • Powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Natural insect repellent and wood preservative


  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray on surfaces or hands to protect against environmental threats.*
  • Apply to wrists and ankles while hiking.
  • Diffuse to purify the air and to repel insects inside the home.
  • Mix 4 drops of Arborvitae essential oil and 2 drops of Lemon essential oil for a natural wood preservative and polish.
  • Use during meditation for a sense of peace and calm.


Woody, warm, earthy


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A – Aromatically T – Topically


A – Aromatically T – Topically


A – Aromatically T – Topically


Steam distillation




Methyl thujate, methyl myrtenate, α-terpineol


Not all essential oils are created equal. Extraction method is critical to know. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Always know the essential oil brand and test carefully. Read all labels. Never use any essential oil in a way not recommended by its producer. Arborvitae is not for internal consumption.

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