Arborvitae, known as the "tree of life," is a conifer 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 the essential oil of the Arborvitae has gained popularity in skin care, scientific research into the activities of the Arborvitae literally non-existent in human cells. Recently, doTERRA scientists published the first study examining the biological activity of the essential oil of Arborvitae being investigated in human skin cells.
The study found that Arborvitae was able to influence tissue reconstruction-related proteins. The essential oil of Arborvitae was also found to have a different impact on global human gene expression. These results suggest that the essential oil of Arborvitae is highly active in human skin cells, particularly to support healthy inflammatory and tissue remodeling processes.
While there is still much to learn about the mechanisms that enable these processes, this study is the first in a long line of research that doTERRA scientists have planned to advance the understanding of this amazing oil.