Cedar Leaf Oil (Thuja Occidentalis)
Cedar leaf oil (Thuja occidentalis)
Thuja is a coniferous tree, native to North America. It grows up to 65 feet high with scale-like leaves and green seeds.
The tree reaches 15 years old before it is ready for oil extraction.
The oil, mainly produced in the USA and Canada, is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves, twigs and bark.
This oil is also known commercially as thuja oil.
Cedar leaf oil is often used in room sprays, disinfectants, insecticides, paints, household and industrial cleansers.
In perfumery, it is used as a piquant top note. We use Cedar leaf oil for its camphoraceous, minty aroma.
Cedar leaf oil is a colorless to pale yellow liquid with a sharp, fresh and woody aroma.
Cedar leaf oil is largely made up of thujone.
Aromatherapists use the oil for its astringent, diuretic and expectorant properties.