|INCI: ||Thuya occidentalis|
|Flavouring according to EC regulation 1334/2008|
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WHITE CEDARThuya occidentalis (Cupressacee)
Originally found in the northeastern regions of North America, and also known as thuia and arborvitae. A graceful conifer, white cedar grows to a height of twenty metres and has a distinctive pyramid-shaped crown. It has tiny, light green, imbricate leaves disposed in fans, a tapering trunk, orange-brown bark and aromatic wood.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fresh leaves, twigs and bark, and is a vaguely yellow liquid with a crisp, woody-balmy fragrance with a camphoraceous undertone. It combines well with the essential oils of Camphor, Cypress, Juniper, Red cedar, Mountain pine, Ravensara and Tea tree.
popular herbalist tradition)
Essential oil of white cedar is a rubefacient and a good insect repellent. It also has virostatic properties: ointments containing White cedar oil are still used in the treatment of warts, psoriasis and other skin ailments. It is toxic, however, and should never be used in its undiluted state for aromatherapeutic purposes, either internally or externally.
White cedar oil is typically used in pharmaceutical preparations such as disinfectants; it's also occasionally used as a fragrance component in diverse personal hygiene products.