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Scientific name : Thuja orientalis
Oil origin : Leaves and twigs
Extraction : Steam distillation
Aroma : Sharp, fresh, pine like
Odor strength: Very high
Evaporation : Top note
Origin : Austria
Thuja is a coniferous tree in the cypress family and native to the Americas. It was introduced to Europe in the 1500’s. The leaves are rich in vitamin C and helped early settlers ward off scurvy. The tree was held in high regard by the Ojibwe tribe who heralded the tree as the “Grandmother Cedar.”
The trees are cypress-like, and most are small and slow growing with the exception of the Western red cedar. The scale-like leaves are pressed closely to the stem, the flowers – both male and female on the same tree – are small and terminal and the cones are small with scales and winged seeds. The foliage of all types, excepting only T. orientalis, are strongly aromatic, exuding an odor without being crushed and noticeable from several yards away.
The name thuja (or thuya in French) is a Latinized form of a Greek word meaning to fumigate or to sacrifice. Theophrastus described how trees of the genus were grown in ancient times in Cyrene near the temple of Jupiter-Ammon, and parts were burned in religious ceremonies to venerate the gods. The bark was often used to sculpt religious objects and statues. Another name for the tree is arbor-vitae, the tree of life.
The American Indians used thuja, making the leaves and bark into a poultice for rheumatic joints and, because of the sudorific properties, decoctions to drink virus infections.
Samuel Hahnemann (1755 -1843), the father of homeopathy, introduced the plant’s medicinal properties to Europe, where it was used as a tincture. In Germany in 1875, doctors Mohnike and Brecher wrote a paper about the remarkable healing powers of thuja, particularly in cases of skin excrescences and tumors. They noted how quickly the skin repaired and healed itself after a twice-daily application of the tincture; the skin became pale and dry, inflammation reduced, and the tumors disappeared. Later, Dr. Leclerc prescribed it for warts, skin abnormalities and as a stimulant of the urinary system because of the stimulant constituents (a-pinene, fenone and d-thujone).
Thuja essential oil is a rare and fresh addition to cosmetic applications, personal care formulations, soaps, perfumery, shampoos, incense, candles, and aromatherapy.
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Safety precautions: Extremely potent use with care. Consult a professional reference for correct dilution ratios prior to application.
Avoid in pregnancy and lactation. Keep away from eye area. Keep out of reach of children.