Cedar Leaf Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Thuja occidentalis
Other names: Thuja, American/Eastern Arborvitae, White Cedar
Country of Origin: Canada
Part of plant used in production: Leaf
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: A dense, conical to narrow-pyramidal evergreen, coniferous tree with aromatic foliage that are scale-like and yellow-green to green in colour.
Characteristics: Cedar leaf oil is a pleasantly strong top note with a nice fresh woody camphoraceous smell. Resembling freshly crushed cedar leaf twigs.
Properties: Anti-rheumatic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insect repellent, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge substance.
Constituents: alpha-pinene, alpha-thujone, beta-thujone, bornyl acetate, camphene, camphone, delta sabinene, fenchone and terpineol.
Uses: As a natural detoxifier, it speeds up the removal of the toxic and unwanted substances in the body through urine. Alongside it also acts as a stimulant, improving circulation of blood and lymphs. In combination, these properties give relief from rheumatism, arthritis and gout. It can also be used to treat coughs, cystitis, warts, moles, abnormal cellular growth, some form of cancers and polyps.
Safety: Avoid during pregnancy. For topical use only. Do not use undiluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use.