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Eastern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) Essential Oil

Eastern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) Essential Oil

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Plant description

Latin Name : Thuja occidentalis
English Name : Eastern White Cedar, Swamp Cedar, American Arborvitae
French Name : Thuya occidental, Cèdre (pop. Québec), thuya de l’Est, cèdre blanc
Family : Cupressaceae
Origin : Canada

History and Origin

Eastern White Cedar is a conifer native to north-eastern North America that prefers humid limestone soils. It has the distinctive feature to bear miniature superimposed scales instead of needle. Interesting fact, small trees of a “bonsai” type aged over 800 hundreds years have been found in northern Quebec, notably on the lake edges, away from forests fires. Often, the center of the tree, that dies and therefore no longer presents the same resistance to decomposition, putrefies and creates, over time, a shelter for animals. Moreover, during the winter, Thuya plantations become home to the deer herds. Furthermore, the wood, scented, light, easy to split and rot resistant, is highly appreciated to build fences, shingles, docks, foundations, beams and other building elements requiring a resistance to decomposition. Ancient civilisations used it as a ceremonial incense, therapeutic remedy and structure material for the building of bark canoes. Traditionally, since cedar wood repels moths, it is used to manufacture “cedar chests”. This naming is of course a mistake, the real Cedar tree belonging to a whole different family. 

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part : Twigs
Extraction : Steam distillation
Main Components : a-thujone, fenchone, ß- thujone, a-pinene
Oil Characteristics : Transparent liquid with a sharp, fresh and camphoric aroma; very charged in smell.
Properties : Negativating, anticatarrhal, mucolytic+++, cicatrizing, antiinfectious, virucide-virulicide (inconstant), insecticide
Indications : Wounds+, scars+++, plane warts+++, verrucas+, cold sores, catarrhal or viral bronchitis

Energetic and Emotional Effect

Eastern White Cedar essential oil offers the same antiparasitic action on the subtle energies level. It lightens and frees from low vibrations and energetic burdens. To purify a space, diffuse two drops of Thuya with Balsam fir or Larch (30 drops). It is suggested to apply one drop on the solar plexus for people dealing with power trips.

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It also enters in the preparation of various soaps and perfumes.


White Cedar essential oil is used in the preparation of various products, such as disinfectants and sprayers. It also enters in the composition of analgesicointments and liniments as a counterirritant.

Safety Data and Contraindications

  • Eastern White Cedar should be avoided in babies, children and pregnant women because of its high thujone content, a neurotoxic and abortive component.
  • The external use is usually preferred to the internal use.


Main components

Monoterpenones: apha-thujone (30% to 60%), beta-thujone (5% to 10%)

Monoterpene: sabinene (3% to 7%)

Documentation and References

  • FRANCHOMME, Pierre, Docteur PÉNOËL, Daniel, L’aromathérapie exactement, Éditions Roger Jollois.
  • MARIE VICTORIN, La Flore Laurentienne, Gaëtan Morin Éditeur. 
  • LAWLESS, Julia, The Illustraded Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Element.
  • MOERMAN, Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Timber Press.