There is both written and archaeological evidence that essential oils were used as medicinal substances and aromatherapy in the Bible. One of those, cedarwood essential oil, goes back to the time of Moses and Aaron in the Bible. Essential oils were key in both physical and ceremonial acts of the Old Testament.
One of those oils, Cedarwood, is mentioned in the Old Testament books of Leviticus and Numbers – the third and fourth books of the Pentateuch. Cedarwood was integral in Biblical purification rituals – one for lepers (Leviticus 14:2-7) and for those who had touched a dead body (Leviticus 14:49-53). Cedarwood was also used in the Laws of Purification (Numbers 19:1-8).
Cedarwood Essential Oil Today
Today, Cedarwood essential oil provides a myriad of benefits and can assist one in feeling embraced, protected, and secure. Some consider cedarwood the oil of godly confidence. Cedarwood evokes feelings of wellness and vitality.
Cedarwood is distilled from the heartwood of the evergreen tree and is 98% Sesquiterpenes. It helps oxygenate the brain, which can promote clear thinking and relaxation. The oil can also help with circulation and joint mobility issues. The oil may be helpful in easing feelings of depression.
Apply the oil to the top of the ears and bottom of feet. When using on your skin, it may be necessary to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or Olive Oil to minimize any possible skin sensitivity. Cedarwood is often used in massage therapy to help relax, soothe and calm both the mind and body.
The oil has a rich hue, and a warm, woody scent can be diffused to help spread its grounding aroma throughout an area. Diffusing cedarwood essential oil can be beneficial after a stressful day to help create a relaxing environment.
From the ancient world to the modern world, Cedarwood helps relax the mind and body as well as help keep skin looking healthy.