Herbs — Thuja

Family name: Cupressaceae
Botanical name: Thuja Occidentalis L.
Parts used: The leaves, twigs, bark
Extraction: Steam distillation of the fresh leaves, twigs and bark
Taste: N.A.
Aroma: Sharp, fresh, camphoraceous
Perfumery status: A base note of medium intensity and poor persistence

General Description
A graceful pyramid-shaped coniferous tree up to 20 meters high with scale-like leaves and broadly-winged seeds, sometimes planted as hedging. The tree must be at least 15 years old before it is ready to be used for essential oil production.


Distribution
Native to the north eastern North America, cultivated in France. The oil is produced mainly in Canada and the USA.


Herbal & Folk tradition
Used as an incense by ancient civilizations for ritual purposes. A decoction of leaves has been used for coughs, fever, intestinal parasites, cystitis and venereal diseases. The ointment has been used for rheumatism, gout, warts, psoriasis and other ailments.


Characteristics
A colorless to pale yellowy-green liquid.


Properties
Anti-rheumatic, astringent, insect repellent.


Safety data
Non-irritant, non-sensitizing. Oral toxin! Should not be taken in oral doses.  May be neurotoxic.
Avoid during pregnancy and while breastfeeding!
Maximal dermal use 0,4%.

USED IN PRODUCTS:
Outdoor No 2. -Air Born