Cedarwood is known as the Oil of Community. This supportive essential oil “inspires the feeling of belonging and assists the heart in opening to receive the love and support of other people; it invites the strong-willed individual to couple the strength of individuality with the supportive power of community.” Cedarwood combats negative emotions like loneliness and the fear to form strong bonds by promoting a sense of belonging, support, and connections. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Cedarwood essential oil.
Cedarwood comes from the Cupressaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for cypress. The main chemical constituents found in cedarwood are sesquiterpenes, natural compounds which contain antifungal, antiseptic, and sedative properties. The extraction method for Cedarwood essential oil involves the steam distillation of the wood. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.
The primary uses for Cedarwood essential oil include the following: acne, arthritis, calming, cough, eczema, hair loss, tension, urinary infection, and yoga.
If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Cedarwood, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!
Cedarwood essential oil can be applied via two application methods—topical and aromatic. Topical: Cedarwood essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: for children and individuals with sensitive skin, dilute with fractionated coconut oil. Aromatic: Cedarwood essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused.
- Having trouble sleeping at night? Or maybe you just need a great nap? Diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender essential oils for the sweetest of dreams!
- Looking for a natural way to promote hair growth? Rub a few drops of Cedarwood into your scalp to stimulate hair growth!
- Suffering from a nasty cough? Rub a few drops of Cedarwood on your chest to relieve symptoms!
- Did you have a minor cut or scrape? Apply 1 drop of Cedarwood to disinfect and protect from infection!
- Want to enhance your meditation or yoga space? Diffuse Cedarwood to create the ultimate calming environment!
Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Cedarwood essential oil!
What are some of your favorite ways to use Cedarwood essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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