DoTERRA ABC's: Arborvitae

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in unique benefits. DoTERRA’s arborvitae essential oil is sourced from the heartwood of the Thuja plicata tree. Also known as Western Red Cedar, this tree is native to North America (primarily Canada and the Northwestern United States). This unique source of arborvitae essential oil contains a distinct chemical profile and is uniquely concentrated in methyl thujate. The sourcing arrangements for this oil are done in an innovative, environmentally-responsible way through distillation of residual wood materials to ensure no trees are unnecessarily harvested for production. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.


  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with coconut oil and spray on surfaces for a quick DIY Wood cleaner.

  • Apply to wrists and ankles while hiking.

  • Diffuse to purify the air and to repel insects inside the home.

  • Mix 4 drops of Arborvitae essential oil and 2 drops of Lemon essential oil for a natural wood preservative and polish.

  • Use during meditation for a sense of peace and calm.

  • Directions for Use

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

My favorite use is with infants and children to help remove fluid in chest- this works on adults too!! Simply dilute 1 drop to 1 tbsp coconut oil and apply every 2 hours. Let me know how you like to use Arborvitae!