Eastern Hemlock essential oil is sourced from the Canadian Boreal forest. It is obtained from the needles and twigs of the Tsuga canadensis tree through steam distillation. It is a colorless to pale yellow liquid with a unique aroma.
A very unique, rich and warm coniferous scent, with spicy and fruity facets.
Fresh and medicinal.
- Technical Sheet
Tsuga canadensis, commonly known as Eastern Hemlock, is an evergreen tree native to the forests of Eastern North America, a member of the Pinacea family and botanically classified as a conifer.
Eastern Hemlock grows well in the shade, is moderately slow-growing and long-lived. The imposing tree generally reaches over 31 meters in height. In shape, the crown is conical.
Tsuga canadensis has long been considered to be a powerful medicinal plant in Iroquois and other American indigenous cultures, in which all parts of the tree were used for many different purposes. Eastern Hemlock needles and twigs were used in infusions, decoctions and poultices to treat colds, coughs, rheumatisms and skin infections. Most notably, hot infusions containing Eastern Hemlock twigs were used as a steam treatment for muscle swelling and stiff joints.
The essential oil obtained by steam distillation contains I-Bornyl acetate, which is one of the major components that gives the conifer its unique and powerful aroma.
In a circular economy approach, Cedarome uses the twigs and needles left behind as byproducts of the lumber industry as the primary source for the production of Eastern Hemlock essential oil.
Applications include fine fragrance, cosmetics, flavour/food and aromatherapy.
Botanical name: Tsuga canadensis (L.) Carr.
Botanical family: Pinaceae
Accepted synonyms: Pinus canadensis
Common names: Canadian Hemlock, Eastern Hemlock, Eastern Hemlock-Spruce, Hemlock Spruce
Origin: North America
Cultivation Method: Wild harvested
Crop Season: April to November
Plant part used: Needles and twigs
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Main components: I-Bornyl Acetate, α-Pinene, Camphene, Tricyclene, I-Limonene, β-Pinene
INCI: Tsuga canadensis leaf oil
Appearance: Colorless to pale yellow liquid with a characteristic aroma
Certifications and Declarations:
- Certificate of Analysis
- Food Grade
- Pure & Natural
- Origin Statement
- GMO Free
- No Animal Testing
- Prop 65
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Retrieved from the integrated taxonomic Information system
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