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Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) Essential Oil

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) Essential Oil


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  • USDA Organic

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Plant description

Latin Name : Tsuga canadensis
English Name : Hemlock
French Name : Pruche
Family : Pinaceae
Origin : Canada

History and Origin

Of the four hemlock species found in North America, only Eastern hemlock is indigenous in eastern Canada. In Quebec, among all conifers, it is the less cold resistant. It tolerates well shade and prefers humid and fresh environment. Medium-sized tree reaching 30 m in height, with a 100 cm diameter and 600 years in longevity. The crown is large, dense and conical. Branches are fine and horizontally distributed. Needles are flat, finely dentate, with a blunt tip and a short petiole. Female cones are small, ovoid and sharp, with blunt scale and violet brown color. They stay on the tree till following spring. Bark is grayish brown, scaly and deeply furrowed.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part : Needles and twigs
Extraction : Steam distillation
Main Components :

Monoterpènes :camphène, 8-pinène, tricyclène, limonène, §-3carène, ß-pinène, myrcène

Ester monoterpénique : acétate de bornyle

Oil Characteristics : Transparent liquid with a typically coniferous but slightly fruity odor. The smell is penetrating, sweet and soothing, it reassures.
Properties : Mucolytic, anti-infectious, immunostimulant, reinforces nerve equilibrium, protects energetic system++++, vasoconstrictor
Indications : Flues (in a diffuser or by inhaling), varixes, rosacea, hemorrhoids (combined with other oils), influenza, anguish, depression

Energetic and Emotional Effect

Hemlock helps going through transitional periods, disperses fear (especially nearing death), and helps centering and reassembling energies. It harmonizes physical, ethereal, astral, and mental bodies+++. As an energetic hygiene care, apply on every chakra daily.

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Safety Data and Contraindications

  • Non toxic and non irritant.
  • No contraindication known under normal physiological doses.


Main components

Monoterpenes: Alpha-pinene (15 % to 40 %), camphene (10 % to 30 %), limonene (3 % to 7 %)

Terpene Ester: Bornyl Acetate (15 % to 40 %) 

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.