Arborvitae, known as the “tree of life”, is a coniferous tree native to the northern United States and Canada. All parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for building ships, totem poles, baskets, and for a variety of health benefits.
Although Arborvitae essential oil has gained popularity in skin care, scientific research into its activities in human cells was literally non-existent. Recently, doTERRA scientists published the first study to examine the biological activity of Arborvitae essential oil in human skin cells.
The study found that Arborvitae was able to affect tissue reconstruction-related proteins. Arborvitae essential oil was also found to have a different impact on global human gene expression. These results suggest that Arborvitae essential oil is highly active in human skin cells, particularly in supporting healthy inflammatory and tissue remodeling processes.
While there is still much to learn about the mechanisms that make these processes possible, this study is the first in a long line of research that doTERRA scientists have planned to further the understanding of this amazing oil.