Cedarwood essential oil might not be as famous as some of the other oils, but it’s been around a long time. The Egyptians used cedarwood in their burial and mummification processes. The Greeks used it in incense and perfume. We use it today for lots of wonderful things.
The oil is steam distilled from the wood of the tree. It’s scent is naturally woody and grounding, uplifting and calming, helping to relax the mind and body.
Diffusing the oil is a great way to maximize relaxation and stress reduction. It can also be used with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil)in massage therapy.
Cedarwood also helps support the body in respiratory function. It works well to inhale or diffuse the oil for this kind of support. (Use 3-4 drops in a diffuser, or 1 drop in your hands, cupped over your mouth and nose.)
Another benefit of cedarwood oil is that can help support skin health. Just a drop of two of cedarwood in toner or moisturizer will help clear up the skin. (Test it on a small area first, as some people experience skin sensitivity when using this oil.)
Additionally, cedarwood can repel insects (mix it with a carrier oil or lotion and rub on skin) on YOU, as well as in your garden (fill a spray bottle with a cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon natural liquid soap and 12 drops of cedarwood oil. Shake often as you use it. Spray around garden areas. Especially good against weevils).
Cedarwood oil has properties that help to soothe the mind and body, the warm, woody scent of Cedarwood essential oil promotes a relaxing environment when used topically or aromatically. Pregnant women should use caution as well as people with skin sensitivities.