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Cedarwood Oil, Some Uses

Cedarwood Oil, Some Uses

Cedarwood oil (Cedrus deodora) was used by all ancient civilizations in medicine, perfume, and cosmetics. The scent makes you think of clothes stored in gorgeously carved cedar chests.

Aromatic influences: Reduces fear and helps you discover inner strength and courage. Fortifying, warming and protecting. Spirituality and self-control.

Combines well with:

Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Cassia, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Neroli, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Frankincense, Patchouli, Black Pepper

Ways to use it

  • Traditionally used for urinary tract infections.
  • Transforms negative emotions into their positive counterparts.
  • Don’t use during pregnancy.
    • More useful for chronic complaints than acute ones.
    • Works well when treating acne. Because of its “masculine” scent, it is more acceptable to most boys and young men with acne.
    • Is a great oil to use when making men’s aftershave.
    • Because of its calming properties, Cedarwood is good to use during meditations.
    • Helps reduce stress and anxiety.
    • Helps treat edema.
    • One of the most recommended oils for cellulitis.
    • Is great for skin care.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!

Recipes

Here are a few recipes involving Cedarwood oil. To check for more, you can click on Cedarwood in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Muscle Relaxer Bath

  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Add to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula in 1 cup of epsom salts and add to bath to soften skin and remove impurities. (9)

Stress Reliever Bath

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops German Chamomile
  • 3 drops Melissa
  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Red Mandarin
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O.

Add to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula in 1 cup of epsom salts and add to bath to soften skin and remove impurities. (9)

Light Hair Rinse

  • 15 drops Cedarwood
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 8 ounces Liquid Hair Conditioner

Mix oils in conditioner, shake well. Apply as you would any conditioner after you have rinsed the shampoo from your hair. Best for light-colored hair as it can lighten the hair. (2)

Insect Repellent

  • 100 drops Jojoba
  • 75 drops Cedarwood
  • 75 drops Sandalwood
  • 50 drops Lime
  • 50 drops Lavender
  • 50 drops Geranium
  • 2 ounces Vodka

To deter insects, spray the mist on the exposed areas of the body before going outdoors. Rub Jojoba oil into the skin prior to spraying the formula. Spray a minimal amount. Avoid misting on the face. Instead, apply the following formula to the face:

  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 4 drops Cajeput
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 teaspoons F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil) (9)

Scalp Treatment for Hair Loss

  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Lemon
  • 2 drops Rosemary
  • 2 drops Tea Tree
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Mix formula together. Massage entire blend into scalp thoroughly. Wrap your head with a towel and relax for one hour. Shampoo and rinse — you may have to do it twice to remove all of the olive oil. (2)

Stretch Like a Cat Massage

  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Myrrh
  • 3 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 ounce F.C.O.  (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage formula all over your skin before you exercise. The scent will slowly move around you as your skin heats up. Use prior to Yoga or other slow stretching exercises. (2)

Damaged Hair Treatment

  • 1 drop Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Clary Sage
  • 1 drop Geranium
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Mix entire formula together. Massage blend into hair and scalp, make sure you reach all split ends. Wrap your head with a towel and relax for one hour. Shampoo and rinse. Be sure to rinse well. You can also add the formula to an 8 ounce bottle of mild shampoo and use on a regular basis when you wash your hair. (2)

Open Loving Massage

  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 2 drops Orange
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang
  • 1 ounce F.C.O.

Mix well and take lots of time with your massage. (2)

Forest Air Freshener

  • 50 drops Spruce
  • 25 drops Lavender
  • 25 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
  • 20 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 ounces Pure Water

Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce, fine mist, spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Liberally spritz room. Can refill water 4-5 times before you need to redo the oils. (9)

And finally,

What do you like to do with Cedarwood oil? How do you like to use it? Please let us know in the comment section below.

References

  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  12. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis

 

 

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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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