Botanical Name: Thuja occidentalis
Common Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Parts Used: Wood
Largest Producing Countries: The native land of Thuja is North America. The plants grow in the east of Canada and north eastern part of the United States near Atlantic states of Virgina, North and South Carolina. There it is called western, northern or marsh white cedar. It is popularly grown in gardens and parks around the world and is a common park plant.
Traditional Use: Thujawood oil is an antiseptic, antiputrescent, antiseborrheic, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, mucolytic, sedative and stimulant. The oil is used for various kinds of treatment. It is good for and effective for clearing the respiratory tract. It helps in preventing hair loss. Thujawood oil is a strong astringent and makes it effective for oily hair. Thujawood oil helps proper and unobstructed circulation of the blood and is also an excellent detoxifies. The oil helps in increasing urination and helps remove the toxins and unwanted substances in the body like excess water, salt and uric acid through the urine. The stimulant property and detoxifying property of the oil makes it highly effective against rheumatism, gout and arthritis. The astringent property makes the muscles, nerves and blood vessels contract and has a cooling effect. Thuja oil mixes with the blood and induces contractions in the gums, muscles, skin and roots of hair and this strengthens the gums, skin and muscles and makes it firm. It also gives uplift to the skin and prevents hair loss. It also makes you feel young and fit. Since it makes the blood vessel contract it can slow down haemorrhage from cut vessels. Thujawood oil’s diuretic property makes it an excellent detoxifier. It surges the frequency and quantity of urination. It helps reduce weight by removing water and fat and helps get rid of problems like swelling and edema. Moreover the calcium and other depositions in the kidneys and urinary bladder are washed away with the urine. This prevents the formation of stones and renal calculi. Thujawood oil is very good for women. It gives them respite from obstructed menstruation and from the abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, and fatigue related with periods. It makes the periods regular and keeps the female reproductive organs in good health by helping the secretion of certain hormones like estrogen and progesterone.
Blends Well With: Thujawood oil blends well with lavender oil.
Of Interest: Thujawood oil is extracted from the thuja tree which is basically a coniferous tree normally not very tall. Crushed thuja leaves emit a pleasant smell which is somewhat like that of crushed eucalyptus leaves, but sweeter. This smell comes from some of the components of its essential oil, mainly some variants of thujone.
Safety Data: If used undiluted the oil may cause skin irritation. The oil is toxic, abortifacient and irritating to the digestive, urinary and reproductive system. Avoid excessive inhalation of the oil because it may cause irritation in the respiratory tract. When taken in extreme amounts the oil can produce nervous disorders and seizures. The oil should not be given to pregnant women.