Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood essential oil has many benefits for your health, as well as being able to repel pests. Think of your grandmother’s cedar chest where she stored clothes to protect them from moths. Cedarwood essential oils health benefits include a host of helpful properties.
How Is Cedarwood Essential Oil Made?
The cedar tree is a large evergreen tree that has the botanical designation of Cedrus Atlantica. Another popular cedarwood essential oil is Cedarwood Blood, which has the botanical designation Juniperus virginiana. It is called Cedarwood blood because it is extracted from the Eastern Red Cedar. Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from wood chips, stumps, and sawdust from the cedar tree. The wood is steam distilled to create a thick, slightly sticky yellow to amber colored oil.
The health benefits of cedarwood oil include:
- Skin Care– Cedarwood essential oil is great from people with eczema. You can use it with a carrier oil to rub on the breakouts of eczema, you can add it to soaps or lotions and you can also add a few drops of it to a bath to treat dry, rough, itchy skin.
- Antimicrobial Properties– It’s antimicrobial properties make it useful to prevent infections in minor cuts, scrapes or skin irritations. Mix a few drops with a carrier oil such as sweet almond or coconut oil to apply a natural antiseptic to the area of the wound.
- Hair Care– As with the other areas of your skin, you can use a few drops of cedarwood essential oil in your shampoo to treat dry, itchy scalp and help prevent dandruff flakes. It may also stimulate hair growth by helping to increase blood flow to the scalp.
- Neutralize Odors– It can naturally neutralize odors in the air of your home when used in a diffuser. You can also mix a few drops in a spray bottle with distilled water to freshen fabrics and carpets. Just shake well to mix prior to spraying. It can also be used in homemade deodorants due to its antimicrobial properties and its woody, fresh scent.
- Relaxing– It can be used in a diffuser to help calm you down if you are stressed. It may also have sedative effects which can be helpful if you are having trouble falling asleep. Here too it can be used in a diffuser in the bedroom to take advantage of its sedative effects.
- Natural Diuretic Properties– Several of the bioactive chemicals found in the oil are known to be natural diuretics. This means it may increase the frequency of urination and help to flush out excess water and toxins from the body.
- Helpful For Colds & Flu– It can be used as a natural cough suppressant when mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed into the chest and throat area. It also has decongestant properties which can be useful when you are stuffed up from a cold or the flu.
- Helps Improve Mental Focus– Studies have shown that this essential oil can help improve mental clarity and focus. Try using it in a diffuser while you work or study. You can also open the bottle and take a few inhalations directly from the bottle to improve your focus.
- Repels Insects– It is a natural bug repellant and will keep away flies, mosquitos, ticks, and ants. You can use it as a natural bug spray by mixing it with water and spraying on your clothes and skin as you would other bug sprays. Cedarwood oil is safe for your dog as a natural flea and tick repellant if applied properly.
- Helps Treat Acne– Although Tea Tree essential oil is usually the first oil thought of when looking at essential oils to treat acne, Cedarwood essential oil has natural antiseptic and astringent properties that make it useful and effective in your skin care regimen for acne. You can consider trying this oil if you are sensitive to Tea Tree.
So as you can see Cedarwood essential oil is useful for your health as well as being useful for pest control. There are a few cautions however. Pregnant women should not use this oil due to it’s ketone content. It should also be avoided if nursing. It should never be used internally and if ingested may cause nausea, vomiting, and damage to the digestive system. Keep in a safe place away from pets and children.