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.
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
Benefits & Uses
Therapeutic Benefits of Hemlock:
Analgesic Anti-bacterial Anti-fungal Anti-inflammatory Anti-microbial Anti-oxidant Anti-spasmodic Anti-viral Decongestant Expectorant Mucolytic
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.
Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities
Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Hemlock:
2nd Chakra - Relationships 4th Chakra - Unconditional Love 5th Chakra - Speaking Truth 6th Chakra - Perspective Creation Energy
Hemlock Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Hemlock woolly adelgid and elongate hemlock scale induce changes in foliar and twig volatiles of eastern hemlock.
- PubMed: Future species composition will affect forest water use after loss of eastern hemlock from southern Appalachian forests.
- PubMed: Foundation species loss affects vegetation structure more than ecosystem function in a northeastern USA forest.
- PubMed: Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) infestation affects water and carbon relations of eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and Carolina hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana).
- PubMed: Responses of sugar maple and hemlock seedlings to elevated carbon dioxide under altered above- and belowground nitrogen sources.
- PubMed: Estimation of light interception properties of conifer shoots by an improved photographic method and a 3D model of shoot structure.
- PubMed: Tsuga canadensis (L.) Carr. mortality will impact hydrologic processes in southern Appalachian forest ecosystems.
- PubMed: Nonadditive effects of leaf litter species diversity on breakdown dynamics in a detritus-based stream.
- PubMed: Temporal and spatial variation of terpenoids in eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) in relation to feeding by Adelges tsugae.
- PubMed: Element accumulation patterns of deciduous and evergreen tree seedlings on acid soils: implications for sensitivity to manganese toxicity.
- PubMed: Water-storage capacity ofThuja, Tsuga andAcer stems measured by dehydration isotherms : The contribution of capillary water and cavitation.