Hemlock Essential Oil (Tsuga canadensis)


Hemlock may also be referred to as Pinus canadensis. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the needles and twigs.


Hemlock Essential Oil is also known as Eastern Hemlock or Hemlock Spruce.

I adore the aroma of most conifers, and am particularly drawn to the fresh, crisp, needle aroma of Hemlock Essential Oil.

Aromatically, if you enjoy the aroma of fir and spruce oils, you should be pleased with the aroma of Hemlock Essential Oil. It's especially lovely to work with around Christmas and winter holidays, but its fresh aroma and therapeutic properties makes it wonderful to blend with throughout the year.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Balsamic Coniferous Fresh Piney Slightly sweet Soft Warm Woody

  • Common Name(s): Pinus canadensis
  • Synonyms(s) for Tsuga canadensis: Abies americana, Abies canadensis, Abies curvifolia, Picea canadensis, Pinus americana, Pinus canadensis, Pinus pendula, Tsuga americana

  • Botanical Family: Pinaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Tsuga
  • Chemical Family: Esters, Monoterpenes
  • Major Compounds: Isobornyl acetate, B-Pinene, Gamma-3-Carene, (+)-Limonene, a-Pinene
  • Perfumery Note: Top
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear
  • Indigenous Country: Top
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Needles and Twigs
  • Shelf Life: 3-4 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Hemlock:

Tisserand and Young warn that old and oxidized oils should not be used. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young,Essential Oil Safety(Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 429-430.]

Safety Precautions for Hemlock:

Do not take any oilsinternallyand do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils withchildrenand be sure to first read therecommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, readEssential Oil Safetyby Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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