Do you have thuja essential oil in your oil kit at home. If you do, do you know how to take best advantage of it? In this article, I will make sure that you know how to use this essential oil and where it comes from.
While you may have never herd the term thuja, I can tell you that you probably see this plant on a regular basis. Thuja is a member of the cypress family and are native to both North America and eastern Asia. The common term for this plant, that you probably have heard, is arborvitae.
Thuja are evergreen trees that can grow up to 200 feet tall under the right conditions. They can be found as ornamental trees in parks, yards, and sidewalks just about everywhere across North America. They are easy to grow, they grow fast, and don’t require must work to remain looking great.
When you crush the leaves of a thuja tree, it will emit a delicious smell. I would compare that smell to crushed eucalyptus leaves but it might be a little sweeter than that. Just make sure that you don’t inhale too much at once. As we will go over in the upcoming section about the benefits of thuja essential oil, the leaves contain neurotoxic compounds that can irritate your respiratory tract if inhaled in large quantities.
Uses Of Thuja Essential Oil
Natural astringent – Astringents are substances that can make muscles, blood vessels, and nerves contract or shrink. If it enters your bloodstream, it can induce contractions in your gums, muscles, skin, and so much more. If used properly, it can even be used to cause blood vessels to contract, slowing hemorrhaging if they are worn.
Detoxification – Thuja essential oil is a natural diuretic that will make you urinate more often. You can use it to help flush the body of things that you don’t need any more. It can help flush out water, stat, fats, pollutants, and toxins.
Prevention of kidney stones – The same thing that makes it good at detoxification, makes it great at preventing kidney stones. As your body flushes out the excess water, it will also remove the calcium building up in your kidneys. That calcium is what builds up and becomes a kidney stone.
Clearing respiratory congestion – Thuja is a natural expectorant. You can use it to help clear phlegm, mucus, and any other congestion from your respiratory tract. This is great way to relieve that cough or maybe even stop snoring!
Benefits of Thuja Essential Oil
Repels insects – The level of toxicity in thuja essential oil can kill insects and repel them as well. Most insects will smell the toxicity and steer clear knowing that it is not good for them. I like to mix a few drops into a spray bottle and use it as an ant repellant in the fall.
Stimulates blood circulation – Thuja essential oil has been proven to stimulate blood circulation.
Prevents cramps – You can use this oil to prevent abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, and fatigue. This makes it a great essential oil for females struggling with menstrual pain.
Prevents hair loss – Because this oil causes your contractions and strengthens your skin, it can be used as as effected way to slow hair loss. It does wonders on your scalp!
Kills intestinal worms – While I don’t suggest that you ingest any essential oil without consulting a doctor, studies have shown that the thujone levels in thuja oil are high enough to kill parasitic worms. This can be used to kill round worms, tape worms, hook worms, and a number of other parasitic worms.
Improves Metabolism – Thuja tones your body and improves metabolic functions. It is particularly effective at improving anabolism and catabolism. Another benefit is that it promotes hormone and enzyme secretion, keeping you alert and active all day!
Every essential oil on the market has a few other oils that they work best with. That might be because their scents combine so well or because they have benefits that work well together. Either way, I like to point a few of these out in each article so that you know what you can do with them. Here are my favorite essential oils to mix with thuja:
- Cedar Wood
As with any other essential oil I write about, it is important that you consult with a physician before ingesting this oil. This is increasingly important with thuja oil because of how toxic it is.
Medical studies have found that thuja oil can be ingested safely in small dosages if used properly. If you don’t feel comfortable taking the dosage that you are considering, consult your physician first. There is no need to take unnecessary risk just because “the internet said so”.
As you can see, the benefits and uses of thuja essential oil is pretty extensive if you know what you are doing. I admittedly don’t use this oil as much as I probably could but that will change from now on. I hope that you can find a few uses to improve your life!