Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) is one of the species of cedar tree, which are all part of the Cedrus evergreen conifer family. Cedarwood oil is typically derived from the Eastern red or Pencil cedar.
The use of cedar oil has a long history. It is thought that cedar of Lebanon was the first essential oil extracted. The cedar tree was regarded as the Tree of Life by the Sumerians, while ancient tribes believed cedar wood was sacred. Cedarwood oil contains a number of compounds, including alpha cedrene, cedrol, beta cedrene, widdrol, and thujopsene, which contribute to its impressive health benefits.
Use a few drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimise skin sensitivity.
Dilution is recommended as there are possible skin sensitivity issues. You should avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas.
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Treat Mild Acne
Cedarwood oil contains antimicrobial properties that can tackle bacteria responsible for occasional breakouts and mild acne. It can also reduce skin dryness and irritation. Add a few drops to your cleanser or moisturiser to deal with skin eruptions. You can also apply a drop of the oil to affected areas to improve the appearance of blemishes.
Relieve Dry Scalp
Cedarwood oil can stimulate the scalp to relieve dryness and flaking. Add a couple of drops to coconut oil and rub it into your scalp. Allow it to sit for up to 30 minutes before washing out.
Support Cartilage and Joint Function
Cedarwood oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve the discomfort of conditions such as arthritis to support cartilage and joint function. It can be used externally on the skin to reduce inflammation. Apply topically with a carrier oil or soak in a warm bath containing up to 10 drops of Cedarwood oil.
Cedarwood has a comforting and pleasant woody scent. This adds warmth to oil mixtures, but can also act as a natural deodoriser to freshen the air in your home. Diffuse the oil or add a couple of drops to a natural oil room spray.
Cedarwood oil can induce a feeling of calm and relaxation to soothe away tension. It may also reduce anxious feelings. It can be used topically or aromatically when you feel emotional stress. Add a few drops to a warm bath or diffuse at night to relieve your restlessness.
Cedarwood oil can also stimulate feelings of energy, helping you to focus and remain on task. Use a diffuser or put a couple of drops of the oil on a cotton ball and keep it near your work area.