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Cedarwood essential oil

Chosen essentially for its wonderful woody, warm, balsamic aroma, Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil also has a relaxing, calming effect when diffused. Used topically, it has a surprising number of additional health and wellness benefits besides the aroma.

Aroma

Cedarwood essential oil typically adds a warm tone to any blend of perfumes or oil mixtures and is comforting, reassuring and possesses a pleasant wood-like aroma. 

The Benefits of cedar wood essential oil are numerous

Besides the benefits we obtain from the aroma, Cedarwood essential oil has anti-fungal, antiseptic, astringent and even sedative properties. It has the power to improve our skin in many ways: 

  • Eczema: A common skin disorder, Seborrhoea eczema affects the epidermal cells, causing dry, red, itchy skin that can blister or crack. Cedarwood essential oil can cure this inflammatory situation by reducing any skin peeling and treating any infection with its antifungal properties. 
  • Astringent: Because cedarwood essential oil is an astringent, it is able to tighten skin muscles and create a feeling of firmness and youth as well as protect the skin from toxins and bacteria.
  • Acne: Cedarwood essential oil protects skin pores from letting in dust or any harmful microbes into the body, which lead to acne and skin infections. 
  • Antiseptic: Cedarwood essential oil prevents wounds from becoming septic and can safely be applied externally to the wounds. By defending the body against toxins, the cedarwood essential oil relieves the white blood cells and immune system of extra stress, which allows them to better protect internal functions.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Used topically, cedarwood essential oil can help reduce the pain or discomfort of arthritic inflammation of the joints and tissues. 
  • Tonic: Cedarwood essential oil tones and stimulates metabolism, tightening the skin, and boosting the functionality of the kidney and liver, which improves overall health and wellness.
  • Insecticide: Cedarwood essential oil is very effective in repelling mosquitos and insects.
  • Fungicide: Cedarwood essential oil’s fungicidal properties may be employed to cure both external and internal fungal infections. Specific studies have shown the inhalation of cedarwood oil protects the body against various types of food poisoning, as well as plant, animal, and human fungal pathogens!
  • It can also be used as a treatment against oily skin.

Benefits beyond skin: 

Cedarwood essential oil is equally beneficial in curing arthritis, bronchitis, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, stress and kidney disorders. 

History

It has a long history as both an incense and as a perfume. The Greeks and Romans were known to burn the wood to fragrant the air, while their Egyptians used cedarwood in their embalming processes as well as a perfume ingredient. It’s also mentioned frequently in the Bible, symbolising a source of protection, wisdom and abundance.

Extraction

Cedarwood essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation from bark pieces of the cedarwood tree. Cedarwood is basically a plant native to cold climates and is normally found at high altitudes. The major components of cedarwood essential oil are alpha-cedrene, beta-cedrene, cedrol, widdrol, thujopsene and a group of sesquiterpenes — which contribute a great deal to its medicinal value and health benefits.