The Canadian Hemlock Tree produces a therapeutic grade essential oil that has been used by the North American Indian tribes for hundreds of years commonly referred to as Tsuga Essential Oil. They made a tea from the twigs.
By the way, there is some confusion over the Canadian Hemlock Tree and Tsuga essential oil. This is NOT the poison hemlock which is Conium maculatum.
The famous hemlock poison you hear about is from the Conium species, not Tsuga; so make sure you educate your friends! You don’t want to miss out on such wonderful oil!
This section is a fun and easy reference guide for the Canadian Hemlock Tree and the Essential Oil. It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
As I receive new tips and testimonials for Canadian Hemlock they will be added to the page, so check back frequently!
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What is the Genus Species? Tsuga canadensis
Why is this information important? Well as mentioned in the introduction, just using the common name can bring on much confusion; and inaccurate information. I have run across this many times.
But, people do have problems when oils are adulterated and distilled with solvents instead of extracted using steam distillation. Or, the bottles are generically labeled with "hemlock" and the genus species is something other then expected.
So, it is always a good idea to purchase your essential oils by Common Name and Genus Species so you know what you are getting!
Other common names for the Canadian Hemlock Tree include: Spruce Hemlock, Spruce Pine, New England Hemlock, White Hemlock and Hemlock Spruce.
Where is the name derived from? The word Hemlock comes from a Greek word "Konas" meaning "to whirl about".
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What Part of the Canadian Hemlock Tree is Used? Steam distilled form the twigs and needles
What is the ORAC Value? 7,100 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Blueberries = 2,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the oldest recorded Canadian Hemlock Tree was 554 years old? It is believed that it may take up to 300 years for this tree to reach full maturity. And many live up to 800 years! Wow!
What are the Canadian Hemlock Tree Properties? Emotional balance
What are the Documented Tsuga Uses and Benefits? Balance
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? The herbaceous aroma is uplifting yet grounding.
What is the Spiritual Influence? The energy of this oil assists with the divine and mother earth connection; and therefore is good for mediation (and yoga). As with most tree oils, it is rounding oil which means it brings calming and solidity to the spirit.
What Chakra is Affected? Solar plexus and heart chakras.
What are the corresponding Chakra Colors? Green
How do I use it?
Use diluted 50:50- (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
Can this Oil be used for Animals? Yes. And it has been known to be used in Veterinarian liniments.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Pine and citrus oils in particular that are not of therapeutic grade quality. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for results. Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA, Tsuga Oil may be available on the market in many different qualities. Please remember, these are not the same oils and are often adulterated (changed).
Tsuga oil should not be used as dietary supplement by children younger than 6 years of age. May cause extreme skin irritation; therefore dilution is necessary.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that the tallest Canadian Hemlock Tree was recorded at 173 feet? Yes, the tree usually grows up to about 100 feet; but there are exceptions! There have been trees that have been recorded to be over 5 feet in diameter.
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Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User
Inhale or place a drop of Tsuga to your third eye to help with meditation and yoga.
To make a homemade horse liniment, add 1/4 to 1/2 capful of Ortho Ease and other essential oils to Epsom salts. Then place the salts in a bucket with warm water so they dissolve. Sponge the horse with the mixture. The horses absolutely love it!
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