Essential Oils: Cedarwood Oil
Cedarwood oil is an extremely versatile essential oil that can be used to heal the body, as well as provide emotional balance.
This oil is derived from various types of conifers including but not limited to the virginian, red, eastern red and southern red cedar. All of these trees are native to the North American continent and grow in cold climates and high altitude areas.
I have created this in depth guide to enlighten you on the many benefits and uses of cedarwood essential oil.
- 1 What is Cedarwood Oil?
- 2 Treatment for Eczema
- 3 Prevents Hair Loss
- 4 Treats Dry Scalps
- 5 Has Antiseptic Properties
- 6 Reduces Arthritis
- 7 Relieves Spasmodic Conditions
- 8 Natural Deodorizer
- 9 Serves as a Diuretic
- 10 Cough Relief
- 11 Insect Repellant
- 12 Sedative
- 13 Precautions that Should be Taken When Using Cedarwood Oil
- 14 In Conclusion...
What is Cedarwood Oil?
Cedarwood essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation from pieces of wood from trees from the conifer family. There are several major components that make up cedarwood oil and those components are: alpha-cedrene, beta-cedrene, cedrol, widdrol, thujopsene and a group of sesquiterpenes.
All of these components are known and proven to have numerous health benefits!
I have listed below the various uses and benefits that cedarwood oil comes with:
Treatment for Eczema
Cedarwood essential oil can be used to treat eczema which is common skin disorder which causes dry, red, and itchy skin that may crack or blister. Cedarwood oil can heal the inflammation that leads to this irritating dermatological problem.
Cedarwood oil also reduces skin pealing and treats the corresponding infection with its amazing anti-fungal properties.
Prevents Hair Loss
Cedarwood oil has the ability to stimulate a person’s hair follicles by increasing blood circulation within the scalp. An increase in blood circulation leads to hair growth or the slowing down of ongoing hair loss.
Herbalists all over recommend this amazing essential oil to treat hair loss, thinning hair, and many other forms of alopecia. Research has brought upon evidence that applying cedarwood oil in combination with other essential oils from rosemary, thyme, and lavender improve hair growth in over forty four percent of people with hair loss after several months of treatment.
To treat your hair with cedarwood oil, all you need to do is to add cedarwood oil to your shampoo or conditioner. You can also massage the oil unto your scalp and let it sit there for thirty minutes before rinsing.
Treats Dry Scalps
Cedarwood essential oil can help reduce dry or flaky scalps because it stimulates the scalp and increases circulation.
All you need to do in order to take advantage of this awesome property is to mix two drops of cedarwood oil with coconut oil in order to create a mixture that has both antifungal and moisturizing properties.
Add the mixture to your scalp and rub it for five minutes or even more! The best results come from letting the oil mixture rest on your scalp for thirty minutes.
Has Antiseptic Properties
Cedarwood essential oil can be applied topically on wounds as an antiseptic. Cedarwood has properties that defend the body against toxins, which in turn relieve your white blood cells and immune system of stress or malfunction.
To take advantage of cedarwood oil’s antiseptic properties all you need to do create a rub by mixing cedarwood essential oil with virgin coconut oil, and rub the mixture on your body.
Inflammation of the joints and muscles are common symptoms of Arthritis. These symptoms can lead to unbearable pain and discomfort. Cedarwood oil can conveniently lessen and relieve you of the pain that comes from the symptoms of arthritis.
By inhaling cedarwood essential oil, or applying it topically on the affected area, you can reduce inflammation which will minimize joint stiffness.
Relieves Spasmodic Conditions
People who suffer from asthma, restless leg syndrome, seizures and other spasmodic conditions would be able to find relief by taking advantage of the calming and soothing properties of cedarwood essential oil.
The comforting, reassuring, wood-like scent of cedarwood oil adds a pleasantly warm tone to any blend of fragrance or oil mixture. Inhaling cedarwood oil, vaporizing it, or adding it to any body spray can have long lasting therapeutic effects.
Serves as a Diuretic
Cedarwood essential oil has the ability to increase urination which in turn rids the body of fat, excess water, and harmful toxins. All you need to do is to rub two drops of cedarwood oil on your hands and massage your bladder and kidney area.
Cedarwood essential oil has the ability to expel phlegm from the lungs and respiratory system, which in turn reduces the congestion that may be brought upon by a cough.
I recommend that you use cedarwood oil before sleeping. All you need to do is to rub two drops on your chest and your throat for a minute, you may also add cedarwood oil to your upper lip and nose in order to improve breathing.
Cedarwood oil is a perfect natural insect repellant. This oil has the ability to drive away mosquitoes and other pests away.
Cedarwood oil is regularly sprinkled on clothes, pillows, and bed sheets in order to drive away mosquitoes and other pests away when you’re sleeping.
Cedarwood is an excellent sedative which has a great soothing and calming effect on the mind and body. It can relieve tension and anxiety which helps in the promotion of healthy, restorative, and uninterrupted sleep, which is why cedarwood oil is often recommended for patients who are suffering from insomnia or other similar conditions.
In aromatherapy sessions, cedarwood oil has been known to induce the body to release serotonin which is converted to melatonin in the brain. Melatonin induces fatigue which leads to a clam and restorative sleep.
Precautions that Should be Taken When Using Cedarwood Oil
Cedarwood essential oil may irritate the skin if it is used in high concentrations. Pregnant women should avoid using cedarwood oil or should consult their doctor before using it.
Unlike other essential oils, cedarwood oil may be poisonous when it is ingested therefore the ingestion of cedarwood oil should be avoided at all times. Aside from this, the topical use of cedarwood oil is completely safe provided that you do not use concentrated amounts.
The many awesome benefits that this amazing essential oil comes with should already be enough to convince you to go to the nearest health store and purchase yourself a bottle!
From the prevention of hair loss to relief of arthritis, this essential oil is has got you covered.This is certainly a must have essential oil!