Cedarwood essential oil provides a myriad of benefits today as well as in history. Today, diffusing cedarwood essential oil yields feelings of grounding, security, and protection. The relaxing aroma of cedarwood essential oil helps create a relaxing environment which can be beneficial after a stressful day.
A steam distillation process of cedar wood pieces provides the rich and warm, woody scent of cedarwood essential oil. The aromatic wood and resinous oil have been used and revered for thousands of years.
The cedar tree, a native to the mountainous areas of the western Himalayas and the Mediterranean Sea area, is closely related to the fir tree. It is native to cold climates, thriving in high altitudes and growing up to 100 feet. Cedar is the symbol of Lebanon which once had thick cedar forests.
Have you tried Cedarwood essential oil? Maybe you know the name as Cedar oil. This essential oil is both unique and useful. Cedarwood essential oil possesses both cleansing and soothing properties that make it helpful in promoting healthy-looking skin, soothing the mind and body, cleaning around the house, or promoting a calm environment in any room. The oil is also extremely useful for repelling insects both inside and outside the house.
Cedarwood Essential Oil History
The cedar tree was an important part of ancient culture. Cedar was the material of choice for the ancient Phoenicians for building their merchant fleets, making them the first sea-trading nation in the world. They also built houses from cedar.
The Sumerians believed cedar groves were the dwelling places of the gods and burned cedar ceremonially. The resinous cedar oil was a part of the ancient Egyptian embalming process. Egyptian coffins (sarcophagi) made of cedar are in excellent condition today.
Some consider cedarwood the oil of godly confidence. In the Bible, cedarwood essential oil goes back to the time of Moses and Aaron. Essential oils were also key in both physical and ceremonial acts of the Old Testament. The palaces of David and King Solomon were built of cedar. Tibetan monasteries burn cedar wood as incense.
There is written and archaeological evidence showing cedarwood essential oils were used as both medicinal substances and in aromatherapy. The source of one of mankind’s earliest perfumes was cedar.
Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses
Cedarwood essential, known for its warm, woody scent, oil provides a myriad of benefits. The grounding aroma of Cedarwood evokes feelings of wellness and vitality. When applied topically, Cedarwood has clarifying properties. Some ways to use cedarwood essential oil include:
- Before exercising, massage one to two drops into your chest to maintain vitality throughout your workout.
- During your facial routine, add one to two drops of Cedarwood to your facial toner or moisturizer for added clarifying properties.
- After noticing a fresh skin imperfection, directly apply one drop to affected area to immediately improve the appearance.
- After a stressful day, diffuse Cedarwood to relax the mind and the body.
- Place a drop on a cotton ball and place in closets, storage boxes, or other areas to keep moths at bay.
- Naturally repels insects.
- Add to mulch or topsoil to repel insects.
- When a child wakes up scared, apply to the bottom of feet to return a peaceful feeling.
- Use the oil to renew your cedar hangers and shoe trees.
Directions for Using Cedarwood Essential Oil
You can diffuse Cedarwood essential oil and rub it on your skin.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Cedarwood essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Cedarwood oil.
In a diffuser, cedarwood essential oil mixes well with other warm oils (like Cinnamon and Sandalwood). It also blends well with floral oils like Patchouli and Jasmine, or citrus oils like Bergamot and Lime.
Here are two popular Cedarwood essential oil diffuser blends:
2 drops – Bergamot oil
1 drop – Cedarwood oil
2 drops – Wintergreen oil
2 drops – Frankincense oil
2 drops – Cedarwood oil
1 drop – Rosemary oil
2 drops – Wild Orange oil