How To Use Cedarwood Essential Oil In 21 Powerful Ways

by Robin Marri Miller December 11, 2016 0 Comments

How To Use Cedarwood Essential Oil In 21 Powerful Ways

 

Cedarwood essential oil has an abundance of therapeutic uses and health benefits, both psychological and physical. These benefits make cedarwood a welcomed addition to your medical cabinet.   

 

 Types of Cedarwood and Essential Oils

  • Himalayan Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara) - From the Cedar Genus
  • Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) - From the Cedar Genus
  • Texan Cedarwood (Juniperus Mexicana) - From the Juniper Genus
  • Virginian Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) - From the Juniper Genus

 

Cedarwood Trees for Cedarwood Essential Oil

 

History of Cedarwood Essential Oil

Himalayan Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara) and Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) are believed to be the very first essential oils ever to have been distilled. Ancient records show both the wood and oil were used for an extensive range of purposes including medicine, cosmetics and incense.

Himalayan Cedarwood essential oil and resins, as well as the pine needles and the bark of the tree, have been used in traditional and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Cedarwood has been used to cure illnesses ranging from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis to less severe hiccups, coughs and colds.

 

 

Properties and Health Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil 

Modern medical research has shown that extracts from the Cedarwood needles have a pain killing and antiseptic effect and that the tree has antioxidant properties.

Furthermore, the natural health benefits of cedarwood essential oil can be attributed to its properties, such as antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiseborrheic, antispasmodic, astringent, tonic, diuretic, expectorant, emmenagogue, sedative, fungicidal and insecticidal.

Ayurvedic practitioners use preparations from the Himalayan Cedarwood tree to treat diabetes, urinary tract infections, obesity, skin ailments, to aid digestion, to strengthen the heart muscles, to improve blood circulation and to treat pain. The oil is used for colds, coughs, hiccups, arthritis, headaches and gout. 

Not all the genus' of the Cedarwood/Juniper varieties contain the same compounds, so take note:

Cedarwood Cones and Seeds for Cedarwood Essential Oil

 

 

21 Powerful Remedies for Cedarwood Essential Oil  

 

1.   Seborrhoeic Eczema

Seborrhoeic Eczema is a common scalp disease caused by the malfunction of the skin's sebaceous glands. The increase of sebum production causes an infection of the epidermal cells which causes raised, inflamed, itchy and flaking rashes. 

Cedarwood essential oil can aid in the treatment of seborrhoeic eczema due to its healing, antiseborrheic and anti-inflammatory properties. While Cedarwood helps to treat seborrhoeic eczema, it can reduce the symptoms, as well. 

Remedies: 

  • Add several drops of cedarwood essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner.
  • Add 5 drops cedarwood essential oil to your bath water if the rash persists at the base of your neck. 
  • Blend a massage oil with 8 drops cedarwood oil and 4 tsp of a carrier oil.

Or, try this essential oil blend:

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

 

2.   Arthritis and Nerve Inflammation 

Arthritis and rheumatism are types of joint pain and joint pain diseases most commonly accompanied by inflammation of the joints and nerves. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.

Because of cedarwood's anti-inflammatory qualities, the oil is often used to treat the stiffness and pains of the joints associated with arthritis and rheumatism.

Remedies:

  • Add 5 drops cedarwood essential oil to your bath water.
  • Blend 8 drops cedarwood oil to a carrier oil and massage it into sensitive areas.

Or try this essential oil blend:

 

3.   Insomnia

Cedarwood essential oil can treat Insomnia

Cedarwood essential oil has natural sedative properties which can combat insomnia. Its aroma elevates the release of serotonin in the brain which converts to melatonin and encourages restful sleep and a peaceful mind. Try these remedies to help:

Remedies:

  • Place a few drops of cedarwood oil on your pillow cover so you can inhale the aroma all night. 
  • Use cedarwood oil in your room diffuser to fill the air with the scent.

Or, try this essential oil massage blend:

  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil 
  • 4 tsp carrier oil
  • Massage into the body and heels of your feet before bedtime

 

4.   Minor Wounds

Cedarwood essential oil has antiseptic properties which can assist in treating minor wounds and skin damage. It prevents infection and toxins from entering the body.

Remedies:

  • Make your own balm by adding a few drops of cedarwood oil to coconut oil and massage it gently onto the wound.

Or, try this essential oil blend:

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

 

5.   Pain Relief

Cedarwood essential oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Animal studies have shown Himalayan Cedarwood reduces pain and inflammation.

Remedies: 

  • Take a hot bath with 5 drops of cedarwood essential oil. 
  • Blend 8 drops cedarwood oil with 4 tsp carrier oil.

Or, try this essential oil blend:

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

 

6.   Hair Loss

Cedarwood Essential Oil for Hair Loss

Cedarwood oil strengthens and stimulates your hair follicles and promotes improved blood circulation to your scalp. Research for the use of essential oils for alopecia patients confirms that cedarwood essential oil in combination with rosemary, lavender and thyme has a safe and significant effect on a high percentage of people who used the blend.

Remedies:

Hair Oil Treatment:

  • 5 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops thyme essential oil
  • 8 tsp olive oil
  • Blend well and rub it into your scalp and through your hair
Try these other essential oil recipes, as well, for hair loss, dandruff control and hair growth.

 

7.   Improve Focus, Memory and Symptoms of ADHD

In recent studies, cedarwood essential oil has been shown to improve focus and reduce symptoms of ADHD in children. 

Remedies:

In a room diffuser, add:

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil

 

8.   Heals Acne

Cedarwood essential oil can help to protect and heal your skin against unsightly acne. It inhibits the clogging of pores and protects it from invasion by toxic particles and bacteria.

Remedies:

Make a natural face wipe serum:

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

 

9.   Natural Deodorizer

Cedarwood essential oil is reassuring and comforting as a natural deodorizer. Furthermore, it possesses a pleasant, wood-like scent. The oil adds a warm tone to any blend of perfumes or oil blends.

Remedies:

  • Add several drops to your favorite deodorant. 
  • Create your own deodorant with cedarwood oil, baking soda and corn starch.
  • Furthermore, try adding several drops to a spray bottle with water and spray it around garbage cans and anywhere where musty smells can erupt. 

 

10.   Natural Insect Repellent


Cedarwood Essential Oil is a Natural Insect Repellent

Cedarwood essential oil is a natural insect repellent as insects such as mosquitos and fleas hate the aroma. 

Remedies:

  • Add 5 drops of cedarwood essential oil to an ounce of water in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use and spray on your skin and clothes. You can also add several drops of a carrier oil to the spray mixture to help absorb it into your skin easier. 
  • Drop several drops on your pillow and bed sheets at night to repel insects while you sleep. 
  • Spray inside your home, on screens and around doorways to keep fleas and other insects from entering the home. 

 

11.   Relieve Dry Scalp

Cedarwood essential oil encourages healthy blood circulation to your scalp and contributes to reducing any itching or drying that you might be enduring.

Remedies:

  • Add several drops to your shampoo and conditioner.

Or, 

  • Add 8 drops to a carrier oil and massage it into your scalp
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes then rinse it out

 

12. Relieve Congestion

Cedarwood essential oil efficiently reduces coughs and discharges phlegm from the lungs and respiratory tract, thereby relieving congestion. Furthermore, the oil can help to relieve other symptoms of a cold such as a headache and watery eyes.

Remedies:

Or, add the same blend without the carrier oil to your room diffuser to help breathe easier and reduce coughing.

 

13.   Stress and Anxiety Relief

With its natural calming properties, cedarwood essential oil is perfect for stress and anxiety relief. 

Remedies:

Message Blend:

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

Room Diffuser Blend:

  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil 
Bath Blend:
  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
 

14.   Tighten Muscle and Skin Tone

Cedarwood essential oil can tighten muscles and skin tone

Cedarwood essential oil has natural astringent properties and can be massaged into your skin to tighten the muscles and skin. Furthermore, it can enhance the quality of your muscle and skin tone leaving it feeling firmer and reinvigorated.

Remedies:

  • Blend 8 drops cedarwood essential oil with a carrier oil and massage it into your skin and muscles. 

 

15.   Relieve Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is the uncontrollable urges to move your legs constantly. There are many good essential oils to help treat RLS.

Cedarwood essential oil can help relieve the symptoms because of its calming and soothing properties.

Remedy:

Massage Blend:

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil 

 

16.   Relieve Asthma

Cedarwood essential oil has antispasmodic properties which can help to reieve spasmodic conditions such as asthma.

Remedy:

Massage Blend:

  • 8 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil 
  • Massage onto the chest area to reduce the symptoms of asthma

 

17.   Treat Fungal Infections

Cedarwood Essential Oil treats Athlete's Foot

Cedarwood essential oil is antifungal and antibacterial so it's ideal for treating fungal infections such as athlete's foot and toenail infections. 

Remedy: 

Massage Blend:

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil
  • Massage into the infected area

 

18.   Natural Diuretic

Cedarwood is a natural diuretic and can improve a number of ailments including hypertension, high blood pressure, urinary tract infections and the collection of toxins in the blood. Being a diuretic, it enhances the frequency of urination which works as a medium for removal of excess water, toxins like uric acid, and fat from the body. Toxins and extra water accumulated in the body are the main causes behind the above-mentioned illnesses. 

Remedy:

Massage Blend:

  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil
  • Massage into the abdomen several times per day

 

19.   Irregular Menstruation

Cedarwood essential oil is an emmenagogue which means it stimulates and brings about menstruation. To keep you on a regular schedule, massage cedarwood oil into your abdomen when you are due to menstruate each month. 

Remedy:

Massage blend:

  • 8 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

 

20.   Oily Skin

Cedarwood can help even out oily skin complexions. 

Remedy:

Blend:

  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil 
  • 4 tsp jojoba essential oil

Use on your face as a facial wipe with a cotton ball to help eliminate oily skin and unclog pores.

 

21.   Smells Great!

Even if you don't have any medicinal reasons for using cedarwood essential oil, its scent is a good enough reason.

The scent of cedarwood essential oil is best described as a delightful, woodsy, balsamic aroma and will leave your house smelling glorious!  Furthermore, it will work wonders on your mind and mood. 

Remedy:

Use it in your room diffuser in combination with these other essential oils:

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.

 

 

Cedarwood essential oil in an oil burner

 

 

Remember Your Carrier Oils

Please bear in mind that before using essential oils topically, they must be diluted with a carrier oil.

Cedarwood Essential Oil Precautions

  • It’s not safe to ingest cedarwood essential oil orally. Because it’s such a powerful oil, it can cause nausea, vomiting, thirst and damage to the digestive system.
  • Furthermore, if you are pregnant you should not use cedarwood essential oil.
  • If used in large concentrations, cedarwood essential oil can cause skin irritations so do a patch test before using this oil for the first time. 

 

 

In conclusion, we here at Up Nature, hope that these 21 wonderful, cedarwood essential oil remedies will help with your everyday health concerns.  

And, If you found this information useful, please “Like it” and share it with your friends so that they can learn how cedarwood essential oil can help them, as well.

 

 

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*NOTE THAT THIS ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, AND FOR ANY MEDICAL CONDITION, YOU SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR. 

 



Robin Marri Miller
Robin Marri Miller

Author

Robin Marri Miller is a natural health writer, a practitioner in the art of essential oils, and a true believer in natural health remedies. When not blogging, you can find her writing some fiction, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with her beloved daughter and canine fur babies.



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