OIL SPOTLIGHT: CEDARWOOD

CEDARWOOD

(Jumiperus virginiana)


Cedarwood has a warm, woody, balsamic fragrance that promotes relaxation. The aroma is quite grounding which evokes feelings of wellness and vitality. Also known for promoting clear healthy skin as it has clarifying properties Cedarwood has the power to improve circulatory function and inflammatory issues as well. This essential oil is a great one to add your kit especially for its antiseptic properties. You probably know it as a synthetic fragrance added to your cedar balls in order to ward off moths from your closets!!

 

Common Primary Uses

Calming / Tension / Tuberculosis / Urinary Infection / Yoga  

Other Possible Uses

Can be used for cases of acne, anxiety, arthritis, congestion, coughs, cystitis, dandruff, inflammation, psoriasis, purification, regulates menstruation, sinusitis, skin diseases, stroke and water retention.

Properties

Antifungal /  Anti-Infectious / Antiseptic/ Astringent / Diuretic / Calming / Insect repellent / Sedative

Body Systems Effected

Nervous & Respiratory Systems.

Common Application Methods

Topical: Can be applied neat ( no dilution) For sensitive skin or children dilute 1 drop to 1 tbsp carrier oil. Apply to reflex points and/or specific area of concern. 

Aromatic: Diffuse or inhale from the bottle or cupping of hands


DAILY USES

Eczema / Dry Scalp

Cedarwood oil can be beneficial in treating and ridding eczema, it reduces the obvious signs of this condition while assisting in anti-inflammatory and regulating sebum production. As well as treating the infection with its antifungal properties. Try adding Cedarwood into your daily routine by adding the essential oil to your skincare routine. Mix into your body oil/lotion and run into effected areas. You can also try adding 5 drops to your bath. 

For itchy or flaky scalp create a hair mask, apply to head by massaging oil mix into scalp for 5 minutes. Then let sit for a further 30 minutes before rinsing. Use 2 drops of Cedarwood essential oil with a base of coconut oil to make an antifungal and moisturizing treatment. This will stimulate the scalp and increase circulation. 

Expectorant

Cedarwood has powerful abilities to remove phlegm from the respiratory system and lungs which can be very useful to clear congestion and aid in a good night sleep. This oil is great for the common cold and cough as it can also relieve other associated symptoms such as headaches and watery eyes. Try rubbing 1-2 drops mixed with a carrier oil over the chest and throat for a minute, you can also wipe one drop on the tip of nose and upper lip to help with breathing.

Menstruation

If you suffer from irregular periods this may be a great oil to help regulate your cycle as it can stimulate menstruation. It also helps with the side effects like nausea, cramps, fatigue and mood swings if used on a regular basis. Cedarwood works by impacting the hormonal function of various glands in the endocrine system. Inhale directly from the bottle or use in a diffuser.  

Arthritis 

This runs in my family so this is on my radar. Arthritis is the inflammation of joints and tissue which results in debilitating pain and discomfort. With the use of this essential oil it can off relief by inhalation and topical use on effected areas, because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Try to also take a bath using 5-10 drops of Cedarwood. 

Acne

Cedarwood protects the pores from the burden of dust and other harmful microbes trying to enter the body. This build up can lead to acne and other skin infections. Not only does cedarwood have rejuvenating qualities to make the appearance of skin more youthful but can prevent acne prone skin. Add daily to your skin car routine by adding one drop in your face soap as a cleanser or one drop into your moisturizer and massage (check your moisturizer is not pore clogging).

Wounds

This essential oil is antiseptic so makes for a great home made herbal wound cream, or if you are not that say try making a mix of coconut oil and cedarwood and apply to wound, scar or infection. The oil defends the body against toxins and protects your internal functions to fight off bad bacteria in the body. Really useful to prevent big wounds from turing septic or when tetanus is at risk. This is one you want to pack on those big summer trips. 

Diuretic 

Cedarwood can help with issues such as urinary tract infections, water retention and kidney related issues. The oil increases urine production which allows the body to rid extra toxins, excess water and fat removal. Rub 2 drops of cedarwood and massage your bladder and kidneys. 

Bug Repellent

Essential oils have been great in warding off unwanted bugs, cedarwood has been used for centuries as a natural mosquito repellent and as we commonly know a protecter against moths!! Diffuse in the house to keep those annoying buys away or use on your body topically to prevent bites. Some people also like to dilute a mix to spray on their pillows before bedtime for a peaceful night sleep. For moths use 1 drop on cotton balls and place all over your closest. 

Mental

Aromatherapy uses for cedarwood are for depression, tension, stress and ADHD. Because this oil is a sedative it has the power to relive tension and stress which effect your health. it has a soothing and calming effect on the mind, it's scent encourages the release of serotonin which converts it into melatonin in the brain. All you have to do is inhale from the bottle, diffuse a few drops or rub a drop right above your eyebrow to relieve tension. It really is an excellent sedative, it helps promote healthy restorative and uninterrupted sleep, great for people who suffer from insomnia. For ADHD and focus it has been proved that children can improve by up to 65% by inhaling Cedarwood three times a day for thirty days. Just by inhaling you can also change your mood and your perception. Scent goes a long way..


Please note- Cedarwood Oil may produce irritations on the skin if used in high concentrations. Pregnant women should avoid its use altogether, and others should speak with their doctor before making any sort of drastic change, or adding something new to their dietary regimen. Unlike some essential oils, cedarwood oil cannot be ingested in any quantity. Dilute for children/sensitive skins as this is a rich potent oil. Click here to order oils

 

 

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