11 Incredible Benefits of Thuja Essential Oil

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The health benefits of thuja essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-rheumatic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insect repellent, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic, and vermifuge substance.

What is Thuja Essential Oil?

Thuja essential oil is extracted from the thuja tree, scientifically known as Thuja occidentalis and it is basically a coniferous tree, while normally not very tall. Crushed thuja leaves emit a pleasant smell which is somewhat like that of crushed eucalyptus leaves, but sweeter. This smell comes from some of the components of its essential oil, predominantly some variants of thujone.

The chief constituents of this oil are alpha-pinene, alpha-thujone, beta-thujone, bornyl acetate, camphene, camphone, delta sabinene, fenchone, and terpineol. This essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of its leaves and branches.

Health Benefits of Thuja Essential Oil

The amazing health benefits of thuja essential oil include the following:

Relieves Rheumatism

There are two main reasons responsible for rheumatism. First, the deposition of uric acid in the muscles and joints, and second, an improper and obstructed circulation of blood and lymph. For these causes, some properties of the essential oil of thuja may prove beneficial. First and foremost, it is a detoxifier by virtue of the diuretic properties that it possesses. Due to its diuretic property, it increases urination and thus speeds up the removal of the toxic and unwanted substances in the body such as excess water, salts, and uric acid through the urine.

The second contributor is its stimulant property. Being a stimulant, it stimulates the flow of blood and lymph, otherwise known as an improvement of circulation. This brings warmth to the affected places and inhibits uric acid from accumulating at those places. Combined together, these properties give relief from rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.

Acts as an Astringent

An astringent is a substance which can make muscles (tissues), nerves, and even blood vessels contract or shrink, and can sometimes have a cooling effect. Astringents that are meant for external applications induce local contractions. One such example is the fluorides and other compounds used in toothpaste. To have this effect of contraction on all the organs of the body, the astringent needs to be ingested so that it mixes with the bloodstream and reaches all parts of the body.

Most of those astringents are herbal products, just like the essential oil of thuja. Now, what happens when it is ingested? It mixes with the blood and induces contractions in the gums, muscles, skin, and at the roots of hair which strengthens the hold of gums on teeth, makes muscles firm, and gives a lift to the skin, prevents hair loss and makes you feel fit and younger. Furthermore, it makes the blood vessels to contract, which can slow down or stop hemorrhaging from torn or cut vessels.

Promotes Urination

Thuja essential oil’s diuretic property makes it a detoxifier. It increases the frequency and quantity of urination. This helps keep the body healthy and free of diseases as it removes unwanted water, salts, and toxins like uric acid, fats, pollutants, and even microbes from the body. It helps cure diseases like rheumatism, arthritis, boils, moles, and acne, which are caused by the accumulation of these toxins. It also helps reduce weight by removing water and fat and helps get rid of problems like swelling and edema. Furthermore, the calcium and other depositions in the kidneys and urinary bladder are washed away with the urine. This prevents the formation of stones and renal calculi.

Emmenagogue

This property of thuja essential oil is very helpful for women. It gives them relief from obstructed menses as well as from the abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, and fatigue associated with periods. It also makes periods regular and keeps the female reproductive organs in good health by promoting the secretion of certain hormones like estrogen and progesterone.

Clears Respiratory Tract

One needs an expectorant for expelling phlegm and catarrh deposited in the respiratory tracts and lungs. This essential oil is an expectorant. It gives you a clear, decongested chest, helps you breathe easily, clears out mucus and phlegm, and gives relief from coughs.

Insect Repellant

The toxicity of thuja essential oil can kill insects and keeps them away from households or areas where it is applied. This is as true for parasitic insects like mosquitoes, lice, ticks, fleas, and bed bugs as it is for other insects found in households like cockroaches, ants, white ants, and moths. This oil can replace those costly, synthetic chemicals in mosquito and cockroach repellant sprays, fumigants, and vaporizers.

Acts as a Rubefacient

This is another outcome of the irritant property of thuja essential oil, which again comes from its stimulating properties. This oil produces very mild irritation on the skin and stimulates the circulation of blood below the skin, which, when added together, makes the skin look red. Since it is more visible on the face, this property is called a rubefacient, meaning “Red Face”, property. Besides making you look more vibrant, this also helps in the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin due to increased circulation of blood.

Stimulates Blood Circulation

Besides stimulating blood circulation, thuja essential oil stimulates the secretion of hormones, enzymes, gastric juices, acids, and bile, as well as stimulating peristaltic motion, and the nerves, heart, and brain. Furthermore, it stimulates the regeneration of growth cells, erythrocytes, leucocytes, and platelets. This means that it stimulates the whole body, which leads to more activity, alertness, and a faster metabolism, which results in better growth and protection against diseases.

Kills Intestinal Worms

The toxicity of thuja essential oil, due to the presence of thujone, kills worms that may have infected the body. It can eliminate worms like roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms that can result in a number of uncomfortable and dangerous health conditions.thujaessentialoil

Improves Metabolic Functions

The essential oil of thuja tones and fortifies, therefore making it a tonic. It tones up all the functions in the body. It improves metabolic functions like anabolism and catabolism while toning up the liver, stomach, and intestines, thus helping in growth. It also tones up the excretory, endocrinal and nervous systems operating in the body and ensures proper excretion. Furthermore, it promotes the endocrinal secretions of hormones and enzymes and keeps you more alert and active. It tones up the immune system, protecting you from infections. And as you well know, a toned mind can only properly live in a toned body!

Other Benefits

It can be used to treat coughs, cystitis, warts, moles, and other eruptions, abnormal cellular growths, some forms of skin cancers, and polyps.

Word of Caution: This oil is toxic, abortifacient, and irritating to the digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Its smell may be very pleasant, but it is important to note that one should avoid excessive inhalation of it since it can produce irritation in the respiratory tract as well as nervous afflictions since it is made of neurotoxic compounds. It can also produce nervous afflictions and convulsions when taken in extreme amounts since the component thujone present in its essential oil is a potent neurotoxin. It should not be given to pregnant women.

Blending: Thuja essential oil blends well with the essential oils of cedarwood, neroli, geranium, tangerine, mandarin, lavender, and pine needle.

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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