The Cedar Wood tree has been used medicinally since ancient Egyptian times. Its scientific name is Juniperus Virginiana or Cedrus Doedara; it usually is found in cold climates and at high altitudes.
Cedarwood has the power to improve your skin, tighten muscles and support the metabolic and digestive system.
Special Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Supports focus and eases symptoms of ADD and ADHD.
- Reduces skin irritations by treating the inflammation that leads to skin issues like Eczema or acne. It reduces the skin peeling associated with these issues.
- Fights fungal infections by using it topically on external infections like toenails.
- Relieves tension, by using a diffuser, inhaling, or using it topically; it is very calming and soothing for muscle tension.
- Repels bugs. Apply cedarwood oil topically to drive away mosquitoes, flies and other insects.
- Provides Cough and Sinus relief by helping to remove phlegm from the respiratory tract and lungs. You can try inhaling or rubbing oil onto your chest and throat.
- Hair loss preventative. Cedarwood Oil stimulates hair follicles to grow. You can add cedarwood oil to your shampoo or conditioner and massage into scalp.
- Good for chronic stress and depression. It has sedative properties by inhaling or using of a diffuser. Or you can rub a few drops above your eyebrows to relax and calm.
- Protects skin pores from letting in harmful bacteria that can cause acne.
- Cedarwood essential oil is effective at tightening facial skin and leaving you with a youthful appearance. Think about those spots that need toning, like underarm or under neck to get rid of that “hanging down” un-toned look.
A 2009 study, reported in International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, shows that inhalation of cedarwood oil improved focus and learning capacity in children with ADHD by up to 65%.
Cedarwood is very effective as a viable alternative against bacteria and yeast responsible for oral infections.
If, when sleeping, you struggle with restless leg syndrome, you can calm muscle tension with cedarwood oil.
Interesting Facts about Cedarwood Essential Oil
What about all those cedar closets, cedarwood oil is the answer to keep away the moths, which want to chew holes in your clothes. Place cotton balls soaked in cedarwood essential oil in your closets and drawers.
If you are into recycling and repurposing, some of the cedarwood oil is made from wasted wood chips.
The scent of cedarwood induces the release of serotonin which then converts into melatonin. This brings a calming effect to the brain.
Overall, cedarwood produces a wonderful woodsy aroma that leaves your house smelling like your walking in a mountain dell. It works wonders on your mood and your mind.
Side effects: Not generally recommended to ingest cedarwood oil, since it is strong, and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, digestive upset and skin irritation.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.