Cedarwood Essential Oil: Uses and Benefits

by Melissa

 

Cedarwood Essential Oil, who knew that this simple oil from a tree could have so many beneficial uses for your health and wellness.

 

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Right off the bat Cedarwood has some great benefits; such as being antifungal, antiseptic, diuretic, and astringent.

Having some ability to improve your overall skin, help with organ functions, tighten your muscles and even improving your metabolism are just some of the few reasons why Cedarwood Essential Oil makes it into our ‘must have on hand’ list.

 

A few weeks ago I shared with you some of my favorite uses for peppermint oil and now I am back to share with you some of my favorite uses for cedarwood oil.

The number one reason why I love this oil so much is that I use it as our natural sleeping remedy.

Anytime I am having a restless night of sleep, I can rub a little on my wrists and behind my ears and I am sleeping like a baby the rest of the night.

If you have never tried this particular oil then you might be surprised by its earthy aroma.

If I am being completely honest, I hated the smell at first but then it slowly grew on me. I had heard what you need the most in your body you would dislike the smell.

 

 

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Uses and Benefits

 

CEDARWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL FACTS & HISTORY:

Cedarwood is a plant native to cold climates and is normally found at higher altitudes.

Cedarwood is extracted through the process of steam distillation from the wood pieces of the cedar wood tree.

The main components of Cedarwood Essential Oil are Alpha Cedrene, Beta Cedrene, Cedrol, Widdrol, Thujopsene and a group of Sesquiterpenes.

These all contribute to the medicinal and health benefits of cedarwood.

Many people will be familiar with Cedarwood oil as a well-known use for insect repellent. But there is actually much more to this wonderful oil, it has a wealth of health and therapeutic uses.

 

Here are the most popular and well-researched medicinal properties and benefits of cedarwood oil. 

 

CEDARWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL USES:

(These uses are not meant to cure, treat or prevent any diagnoses)

  • Cedarwood can work great for acne. Add a drop of your daily moisturizer or cleaner.
  • Diffuse Cedarwood for a calming of anxiety or nervous tension.
  • Suffer from bladder infections?  Massage a couple drops over your bladder and kidneys a few times a day.
  • Cedarwood has great benefits for your respiratory system which means relief for congestion. Apply a couple drops to your feet.
  • Not only is cedarwood good for your congestion it can work great for coughs as well. Apply 1-2 drops over the throat and chest a few times a day.
  • Do you or your kids get dandruff? Massage 1-2 drops into your scalp. You can also mix this with coconut oil to maximize your benefits.
  • Dry skin, eczema or psoriasis? Apply 1-2 drops over the bothersome skin. Again you can mix with coconut oil to help moisturize as well.
  • For arthritis, add 2-3 drops of a carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Can also add 8-10 drops in bath water.
  • Rub a few drops into your pet’s fur to help reduce ticks and fleas.
  • Lastly, as I already mentioned my favorite use. Place a few drops behind your ears or on your wrists (feet for kids) for helping with getting to sleep faster and experiencing a deeper sleep.

 

What can I blend with Cedarwood Oil?

Cedarwood essential oil blends well with these other essential oils: Benzoin, Cypress, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Juniper, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lime, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary and Neroli.

Eczema Remedy: (dandruff and skin)

  • 3 drops cedarwood 
  • 3 drops chamomile 
  • 2 drops lavender 
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

Acne:

  • 3 drops cedarwood 
  • 3 drops lavender 
  • 2 drops tea tree 
  • 4 tsp jojoba carrier oil

Arthritis Inflammation:

  • 3 drops cedarwood 
  • 3 drops peppermint 
  • 3 drops rosemary 
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

Insomnia:

  • 4 drops cedarwood 
  • 4 drops lavender 
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

Focus:

  • 3 drops cedarwood 
  • 3 drops vetiver 
  • 3 drops rosemary 

Anxiety:

  • 3 drops cedarwood 
  • 3 drops rosemary 
  • 3 drops lavender 
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

Congestion:

  • 3 drops cedarwood 
  • 3 drops eucalyptus 
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

 

CEDARWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL PRECAUTIONS:

  • Do not ingest cedarwood orally. It can cause nausea, vomiting, thirst and damage to the digestive system.
  • If you are pregnant you should not use this essential oil.
  • Cedarwood essential oil can cause skin irritations so do a patch test before using.

 

*Disclaimer: I am providing my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by Young Living, DoTerra or any other essential oil brand. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. Read my full disclaimer here.

 

 

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Candace March 12, 2016 - 12:28 PM

I put cedarwood on my big toe (vitaflex point for the brain) and I have the most amazing sleep EVER! Cedarwood tells the brain to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone! AMAZING STUFF!

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Lauren March 21, 2016 - 3:22 PM

I am fairly new to this but I would like to make my mom a roller to help her sleep – she has struggled her entire life. I plan on making a roller of lavender and cedarwood for her to apply to her big toe. If you were making this blend, would you add a carrier oil to the roller or just the straight oils? Thank you!

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Melissa Coleman March 21, 2016 - 5:58 PM

Lauren, Yes I would mix it with a carrier oil. It would help your oils stretch further since they can be pricey. Plus if your mom is new to oils they could be a little strong scented just straight.

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Nancy February 26, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Is this safe for someone who is receiving chemo treatments for prostate cancer?

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Melissa March 1, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Nancy, this is something you should definitely ask your doctor about prior to using.

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