Essential Oil Notebook: Arborvitae


Arborvitae is often referred to as the "Tree of Life" and it definitely played a key role in the lives of Native Americans in past generations. The wood was used boats, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. One of the reasons it was so useful is the fact that it has natural preserving properties that prevent the wood from rotting.

doTERRA Arborvitae Essential Oil

doTERRA's Arborvitae Essential Oil is sourced in Canada from the heartwood of the Thuja Plicata tree, also known as the Western Red Cedar, which is native to the Pacific Northwest in both Canada and the United States. It has a really fascinating history and sourcing story.

Usage Ideas

  • Add a few drops to a glass spray bottle with water and spray on surfaces or hands for a quick DIY cleaner.
  • For an more enjoyable hiking or outdoor experience, apply  to your wrists and ankles.
  • Apply 1–2 drops to an affected area on the skin.
  • Use during yoga or Pilates can increase the effectiveness of your efforts by inducing feelings of soothing relaxation.
  • Diffuse to purify the air and to repel insects inside your home.
  • Use during meditation for a sense of peace.
  • Make a DIY furniture polish by adding combining 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, and 10 drops of Arborvitae in a glass spray bottle.
  • Create your own musky outdoor cologne with Arborvitae. It's aroma is woody and warm and is invigorating when combined with Cedarwood and Frankincense.


  • 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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*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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