What is Arborvitae and Why do I Love it?
Arborvitae is one of those oils that I really wasn’t sure about when I first heard about it. But after learning more about what it is, I began to understand why it’s so great. As I write this article, I have arborvitae diffusing in the background, and I have to say I really do feel like I’m back home in Washington walking through a forest. It’s a familiar, comforting feeling.
Arborvitae is a fast growing evergreen tree native to The Pacific Northwest (shoutout to my home state Washington!) It’s also known as Western Red Cedar for those of us not into scientific names. As a kid, I loved walking among these trees – they always smelled fresh and clean to me. In fact, anytime I am near anything cedar – I get instantly happy and am brought back to my days of playing in the forest among all of these gentle giants.
What makes the arborvitae awesome is that it has a property that helps to preserve its wood. That makes it a huge fan with woodworkers. Its recognized by Native Americans for its preservation properties, and is used in making vessels, totem poles and clothing.
But it can do so much more than that!
Today, I’m going to share all about why I love this amazing oil and how to use it. If you are looking for something that helps to keep bugs away, then keep reading!
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Besides being useful with woodworking, it is an effective cleaner. It can help to keep environmental threats at bay. Great to have on hand – especially when everyone is stuck inside sharing all of the germs.
It is an incredible bug repellent. I just found this out – can’t wait to spend more time outside this summer, knowing I have arborvitae to help me fight off the bugs.
The reason arborvitae is so effective is because of torpolenes – a chemical component that is a natural insect repellent. I don’t know about you, but the one thing I dislike more than anything is using insect repellent spray. I hate the way it feels and I especially hate the way it smells.
How do I use It?
Add a couple of drops to a spray bottle, add water and you have an easy, effective and natural cleaner for your countertops.
A drop into your hands makes a simple hand sanitizer.
Arborvitae is a great oil to feel grounded. After yoga or pilates, place a drop onto wrists, or add a drop or 2 to a diffuser. This also helps to purify the air.
As I mentioned above, Arborvitae is great as a bug repellent. A drop on your wrists and ankles allows you to enjoy the outdoors without the annoyance that comes with pesky mosquitoes.
Place a couple of drops of arborvitae into your diffuser (I like to also add lavender) and enjoy the woody scent knowing that any of the seasonal bugs that like to come inside are leaving. They hate arborvitae.
For a simple, chemical free wood polish, try this:
- Add olive oil and vinegar to glass spray bottle.
- Add 10 drops of essential oil. (5 arborvitae, 3 lemon, 2 orange)
- Shake well before each use.
- Apply to microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean. Repeat every 2–3 months or as often as needed.
While I don’t often think to grab this oil, I am sure glad that I have it on hand. This summer I will use it all the time. Especially when outdoor season gets busier.
Have you ever heard of arborvitae? If so – how do you use it? I would love to know! Also, if you haven’t ever heard of this oil, do you think it’s an oil you would like to try?
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