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Arborvitae Essential Oil - Candida and Age Spots

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Arborvitae 5mL - Large

Thuja plicata
Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a chemical compound found in Aborvitae, which protects against environmental and seasonal threats, has powerful purifying properties, and promotes healthy cell function.

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Benefits Resources
• Supports a healthy immune system
• Protects against environmental and seasonal threats
• Promotes healthy cell function
• Powerful cleansing and purifying agent

Aromatic Science


Arborvitae Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Thuja plicata

Alternative Names: Tree of Life, Thuja Cedar, Western Red Cedar, Great Arborvitae, Shinglewood

Botanical Family: Cupressaceae

Primary Constituent: Methyl Thujate

image001 300x256 Arborvitae Essential Oil

Other Main Constituents: Hinokitiol, Thujic Acid

Distillation Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Wood

Application: Topical or Aromatic

Key Therapeutic Benefits:

Antibacterial and Antiviral
Aids in skin healing and protection

Research Summary:

Arborvitae 286x300 Arborvitae Essential OilUsed for thousands of years by the First Nation peoples, the wood of giant Arborvitae trees has a long history of human use. Modern technology however has revealed that giant Arborvitae essential oil contains high levels of unique compounds called tropolones. Tropolones are an unusual seven membered carbon ring structure not found in significant concentrations in other essential oils. It is these tropolones that yield the unique therapeutic qualities of this oil.

When selecting a source of Arborvitae essential oil, one must be sure to choose a source whose oil does not contain thujone, a neurotoxic compound. Besides source geography, it is also essential to consider the plant part from which this oil is distilled: only essential oil from the wood of Arborvitae has been found devoid of thujone. When sampled and tested for thujone, essential oil from the wood of Arborvitae grown in the Pacific Northwest was found to have no thujone, indicating that oil from this region is safe for human use. Below is a summary of the current research on Arborvitae essential oil.


Prized as a rot-resistant wood, it only follows that oil derived from Arborvitae exhibits powerful antifungal qualities. When tested against Candida albicans1, (the common culprit behind oral and genital yeast infections as well as nail-bed infections), Arborvitae essential oil inhibited growth of the fungus in both aerobic and anaerobic conditions2. This oil has also been tested against a number of other fungal strains and exhibited one of the most powerful antifungal effects seen in any essential oil.3

Add a few drops to a spray bottle and apply to household surfaces to eliminate mold and fungus
Dilute in carrier oil and apply to topical fungal infections
Diffuse to cleanse the air of mold spores
Antibacterial and Antiviral

Hinokitiol, a chemically unique tropolone and an important constituent of Arbor Vitae essential oil, was found to inhibit the growth and spread of various viruses by halting viral replication.4 Of great excitement also are the findings that hinokitiol can stop replication of Hepatitis B and C5 viruses6, HIV7 and influenza virus8 (the common flu) in vitro. Researchers hope to use these findings to develop further studies to determine the viability of this oil as a treatment against certain viruses. Hinokitiol was also shown to be effective in inhibiting growth of several strains of bacteria9 and infectious organisms including the deadly drug-resistant strain MRSA10 and Chlamydia trachomatis11 (one of the leading causes of infectious blindness and STDs). Though the current research has predominantly focused on hinokitiol, because of hinokitiol’s similarity to other tropolones found in Arborvitae essential oil, it is reasonable to assume that the other tropolones in this oil exhibit effects similar to hinokitiol.

Add several drops to a spray bottle to help in cleaning surfaces and protecting against bacterial and viral agents.
Diffuse aromatically to destroy bacteria in the air.
Skin protection:

The burning pain of sunburn has been thought to be a result of skin cells killed by ultraviolet B (UV-B) rays from the sun. When applied to cells in vitro, and to mouse skin in vivo, hinokitiol was found to increase levels of antioxidant proteins that prevented cell death from UV-B exposure12 and thus reduced the effects of sunburn. Another study found that hinokitiol inhibited collagen destroying enzymes that are normally increased after exposure to UV-B radiation thereby protecting the integrity of skin. In this same study, it was also found that hinokitiol healed sun damaged skin by restoring collagen-creating enzymes13 to healthy levels.

Add to sunscreen and apply to skin before sun exposure.
Apply to sun or age spots
Key References:

Shih YH, Chang KW, Hsia SM, et al. In vitro antimicrobial and anticancer potential of hinokitiol against oral pathogens and oral cancer cell lines. Microbiol Res. 2013;168(5):254-262.
Komaki N, Watanabe T, Ogasawara A, et al. Antifungal mechanism of hinokitiol against Candida albicans. Biol Pharm Bull. 2008; 31: 735-737.
Morita Y, Matsumura E, Okabe T, et al. Biological activity of alpha-thujaplicin, the isomer of hinokitiol. Biol Pharm Bull. 2004;27(6):899-902.
Krenn BM, Gaudernak E, Holzer B, et al. Antiviral activity of the zinc ionophores pyrithione and hinokitiol against picornavirus infections. J Virol. 2009;83(1):58-64.
Borowski P, Lang M, Haag A, et al. Tropolone and its derivatives as inhibitors of the helicase activity of hepatitis C virus nucleotide triphosphatase/helicase. Antivir Chem Chemother. 2007;18(2):103-109.
Hu Y, Cheng X, Cao F, et al. β-Thujaplicinol inhibits hepatitis B virus replication by blocking the viral ribonuclease H activity. Antiviral Res. 2013;99(3):221-229.
Himmel DM, Maegley KA, Pauly TA, et al. Structure of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase with the inhibitor beta-Thujaplicinol bound at the RNase H active site. Structure. 2009;17(12):1625-1635.
Miyamoto D, Kusagaya Y, Endo N, et al. Thujaplicin-copper chelates inhibit replication of human influenza viruses. Antiviral Res. 1998;39(2):89-100.
Hudson J, Kuo M, Vimalanathan S. The antimicrobial properties of cedar leaf (Thuja plicata) oil; a safe and efficient decontamination agent for buildings. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011;8(12):4477-4487.
Shih YH, Chang KW, Hsia SM, et al. In vitro antimicrobial and anticancer potential of hinokitiol against oral pathogens and oral cancer cell lines. Microbiol Res. 2013;168(5):254-262.
Yamano H, Yamazaki T, Sato K, et al. In vitro inhibitory effects of hinokitiol on proliferation of Chlamydia trachomatis. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2005;49(6):2519-2521.
Baba T, Nakano H, Tamai K, et al. Inhibitory effect of beta-thujaplicin on ultraviolet B-induced apoptosis in mouse keratinocytes. J Invest Dermatol. 1998;110(1):24-28.
Cherng JY, Chen LY, Shih MF. Preventive effects of β-thujaplicin against UVB-induced MMP-1 and MMP-3 mRNA expressions in skin fibroblasts. Am J Chin Med. 2012;40(2):387-398.
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