The majestic, pyramid-shaped Cedar Wood tree is native to North America, reaching heights of up to 100 feet while potentially living 1,000 years! The Egyptians used the extracted oil in the mummification process, in cosmetics and as an insect repellant. Native Americans used Cedar oil in medicine and burned it for purification. The Cedar Wood tree is prized for its scented wood, a natural insect repellent and used for making chests and other furniture for storing precious items.
Cedar Wood essential oil is favored for:
- Skin – Known for its anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties, Cedar Wood is considered to be excellent for treating a variety of skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections.
- Anti-Inflammatory – May aid in reducing inflammation, thus reducing pain and discomfort of the joints and tissue.
- Urinary Tract – Cedar Wood is well known for its ability to treat urinary tract infections, and, is used as a strong antiseptic to increase the flow of urine.
- Antiseptic – This oil may be useful in treating a variety of minor wounds, cuts and abrasions. It is very nice when used in aftershaves!
- Antispasmodic – Used to relieve muscle spasms.
- Skin Care – Helps promote smooth and supple skin.
- Expectorant – With strong bronchial tract antiseptic and decongestant properties, it is used to loosen and remove mucus during episodes of bronchitis, coughs, colds and influenza.
- Insect Repellent – This oil has insect repellent properties.
- Sleep Aid – Using Cedar Wood essential oil may aid in providing a calming effect on your body and mind, relieving tension, stress and anxiety, thereby providing an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
How to Use
- For itchy skin, add 4 to 5 drops of Cedar Wood essential oil to warm bath water and soak.
- Mouthwash - Add a few drops to a glass of warm water, swish in mouth and rinse. Do not swallow.
- As an anti-inflammatory, and to help ease pain, mix several drops with your favorite carrier oil such as avocado or almond, massage into skin over the affected areas.
- To experience the calming effects of this oil, inhale from a cloth, vaporizer or diffuser. Add to a bottle of water and spray on pillowcases and sheets. Is widely used to help alleviate stress.
- Insect Repellant - Add a few drops to your favorite carrier oil and apply to several parts of your body to deter insects such as mosquitos. You may also spray on your sheets and pillow.
- As an expectorant, blend several drops with carrier oil and massage generously into the chest and throat.
- Use in a diffuser, a vaporizer or inhale from a cloth to help ease congestion.