Canadian Naturals

Canadian NaturalsCedar - Western Red - Oil

Thuja plicata - Canada


Thuja plicata is an essential oil sourced from the northwestern part of Canada along the Pacific Coast. This oil is obtained from the needles and twigs of the Western Red Cedar tree through steam distillation. It is a colorless to pale yellow liquid with a woody and aromatic scent.

Olfactive Profile

Woody, thujonic, fresh, herbaceous.


Flavor Profile

Not Food grade.

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Thuja plicata, is an evergreen coniferous member of the Cupressaceae family. It can reach heights between 3 to 7 meters, and is the largest tree in the Cypress family. Its lifespan is exceptional since the oldest trees can reach 800 years. It features horizontal branching with sprays of scale-like dark green aromatic foliage, its bark is reddish-brown with small, upright, light brown seed cones.


Designated as the Tree of Life due to its exceptional longevity, the Red Cedar is considered one of the oldest trees existing on the American continent. It also takes its name Tree of Life because the First Nations used it as an inexhaustible source of topical care. Moreover, its red wood, light and soft and practically rotproof was used by the Native Peoples to build their homes, their canoes, and carve totems.


Applications include fine fragrance et cosmetics.

Technical Sheet

Botanical name: Thuja plicata
Botanical family: Cupressaceae
Accepted synonyms: Arborvitae, Western Red, Giant Thuja, Giant Red Cedar
Common names: Red Cedar
Origin: Pacific Coast of North America
Source: Canada

Cultivation Method: Wild harvested
Harvest period: May to October
Plant part used: Leaves and twigs
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Main components: Thujone, Sabinene, Camphene, α-Pinene, I-Limonene, Terpinen-4-ol

CAS: 68917-35-1 / 8000-27-9
INCI: Thuja plicata leaf oil
FEMA: 2267
Appearance: Colorless to pale yellow liquid with a characteristic odor

Certifications and Declarations:

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  • GMO-Free
  • Allergen
  • No Animal Testing
  • Prop 65



USDA, NRCS. 2019. The PLANTS Database (, 29 January 2019). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

Retrieved 10-02-2018 from the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), (

Native American ethnobotany, from Daniel Moerman (1998), ( 2014)

Field guide to Eastern Forest North America, from John Kricher (2006)

NAET Database, 2003. Native American Ethnobotany Database, Michigan, MI, USA. (

La flore Laurentienne, Marie Victorin (2002)

Field guide to Eastern trees, from Georges A. Petrides (1998)

Retrieved from the integrated taxonomic Information system