I love the smell of Cedarwood.
I remember enjoying the woodsy, natural, calming aromas from chests in my house when I was younger. Now that I’m all grown up, I understand that this mighty tree has many more uses and benefits than just keeping insects from gnawing on my clothes and making the room smell lovely.
The first thing I ever used Cedarwood oil for was as a mosquito repellent.
When I go camping in the summer, there are fields of tall weeds, calm, still ponds, and plenty of trees, so I was also concerned about ticks and other biting insects. Not wanting to resort to synthetic products, I made a salve of coconut oil, Cedarwood oil, and clove oil. You’d be surprised at how mild the scent was, and you only need a little on your vulnerable parts, like ankles, legs, and arms. Just please don t use it near your eyes! It can be irritating to sensitive or damaged skin. I usually get eaten alive by bugs over the summer, but I only got 3 bites that year, and it was on the day I didn’t use any oil, so I’d call that a win.
Another great use for this oil is to moisturize your scalp by massaging small amount of Cedarwood essential oil combine it with coconut oil you can even add other oils such as Geranium or Frankincense, this should help banish dandruff.
In France, there are documented cases of Cedarwood oil contributing to the relief of chronic bronchitis. It can remove the phlegm and mucous buildup from the lungs, making it helpful in all sorts of respiratory conditions. For this purpose, you would want to add 3-5 drops of the oil to a steaming bowl of water, then inhale the steam as deeply as you re comfortable, for 5-15 minutes. Some people drape a towel over their heads, to enclose the steam better. It looks silly, but it works. You’ll probably wind up coughing up a bunch of stuff when you’re done, so keep your tissues handy.
One of best ways to enjoy it is to add to your nebulizer diffuser,
combine 10 drops Cedarwood with 10 drops Frankincense and 2 drops Ylang Ylang, this recipe helps not only the respiratory system, it will help reduce tension and promote harmony. Cedarwood is known for being an antiseptic, as well as an aid to remove excess fluid from the body. Acne, eczema, and cellulite are some of the other main conditions Cedarwood oil helps to relieve. Just add a few drops to a carrier oil, such as coconut or sweet almond, and massage on the skin. It’s powerful stuff, so be careful not to overdo it.
As an immune system stimulant, Cedarwood oil helps us to fight off infections. In the wild, cedar grows in cold, wet environments that are rich in molds, fungus, and bacteria. The strong oils in the leaves of cedar ward off disease in the tree, and help do the same for you. If you have persistent colds, or fungal infections, Cedarwood oil is an ideal choice to add to your arsenal.
A word of caution.
Since Cedarwood oil is a powerful essential oil, it’s great to use on your skin and to inhale the steam. It is not, however, advised for internal use. It is possible to consume a Cedarwood tea or tincture at very low doses, but only under the direct supervision of your trusted healthcare professional.