Thuja, Red Cedarleaf (Thuja plicata)


Thuja, Red Cedarleaf may also be referred to as Western Red Cedar or Giant Red Cedar. It is typically processed in North America using steam distillation as a method for extracting oil from the wood.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Earthy Warm Woody

  • Common Name(s): Western Red Cedar or Giant Red Cedar
  • Synonyms(s) for Thuja plicata: Thuja gigantea

  • Botanical Family: Cupressaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Thuja
  • Major Compounds: Methyl thujate, Methyl-Myrtenate, Terpinen-4-ol
  • Color: Clear
  • Countries of Production: North America
  • Indigenous Country: Canada
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Wood
  • Conservation Status:  [NT] Near Threatened
    IUCN Red List category abbreviations (version 3.1, 2001)
  • Vegan Vegan
  • Not Pregnancy Safe Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
  • Not Child Safe Not recommend or safe for children

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Insect Repellents Psoriasis Rashes Rheumatism

Benefits of Thuja, Red Cedarleaf:

May help promote clear, healthy looking skin when applied topically. Powerful cleansing and purifying agent. Natural insect repellent and wood preservative.

Therapeutic Benefits of Thuja, Red Cedarleaf:

Anti-bacterial Anti-septic Insect Repellent

Other Uses for Thuja, Red Cedarleaf:

Hair Care

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Thuja, Red Cedarleaf:

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Also, thujone is toxic. It causes convulsions and hallucinations. Do not ingest.Thuja essential oil should not be taken internally unless recommended and supervised by someone who is qualified.


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