Arborvitae Essential Oil

Arborvitae Essential Oil

Additional Uses    

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

Application: A T N
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Woody, warm, earthy
Main Chemical Components: Methyl thujate, hinokitiol, thujic acid
Plant Part: Wood


The Arborvitae tree is known as the “tree of life” among Native American cultures because of its powerful and life-sustaining properties that have supported their tribes for centuries. The doTERRA Arborvitae essential oil derived from this tree is composed of a high concentration of tropolones, including hinokitiol, which are chemical compounds scientifically known for their purifying properties and ability to guard against seasonal threats.

The tree itself is majestic in size and is native to the forests of Canada. The history of the tree is intimately interlaced with the history of the Native American people due to its extensive use within their communities both for its protective health benefits and as a building material to construct totem poles, baskets, vessels, and even clothing. The nature of the Arborvitae tree lends itself perfectly to woodwork endeavors such as these because of the presence of thujic acid within the wood, which is among the many tropolones that form the chemical constitution of Arborvitae essential oil. Thujic acid is important for woodworking because of its scientifically proven ability to protect against common threats in the environment, including insects. These natural preservational characteristics keep the wood from rotting, making anything formed from an Arborvitae tree a strong and lasting creation.

The beautiful thing about the doTERRA Arborvitae essential oil is that many of the same protective and preservational characteristics found in the tree are also found in a concentrated and accessible form available at our fingertips within the essential oil.

Upon first use, it’s easy to discover how seamlessly these characteristics transfer to home and health applications. doTERRA Arborvitae essential oil can be mixed with water and sprayed across surfaces or even just your hands to protect against environmental threats. To keep insects away from your skin while you’re exploring the outdoors, simply apply a few drops of Arborvitae to your wrists and your ankles. You can also diffuse this essential oil to keep pesky insects at bay, whether that’s in your home or during an outdoor gathering. And to bring the preservational strengths of Arborvitae to the other kinds of wood in your home, mix Arborvitae with Lemon for a natural polish that preserves as it shines.

The strength of the Arborvitae tree shines through in the oil in more ways that simply practical applications. There is still more this essential oil can do. doTERRA Arborvitae is also widely used in yoga practices for its powerful capacity to encourage a sense of serenity throughout meditation. Ground yourself and your life in the power of the Arborvitae essential oil and you too will come to understand the deep spiritual and physical reliance peoples ancient and modern have come to cherish from this beautiful “tree of life.”