Suggested Uses for Cedarwood Essential Oil

If the smell of a newly sharpened pencil brings back good memories, you’ll love the mild, sweet, woody scent of cedarwood. Native Americans valued cedarwood for its healing and purification properties. They used it to combat respiratory infections, and also to treat arthritis, skin rashes, and kidney infections. Cedarwood was also used in some ceremonies for purification. Egyptians also embraced cedarwood, and used it in the mummification process, cosmetics, and to repel insects. Insects and rats hate the smell of cedarwood, therefore it makes a great repellent, especially against mosquitoes, moths, and woodworms. In fact, at one time cedarwood was combined with citronella and used as a commercial insecticide. Today, aromatherapists use cedarwood in a variety of capacities, from insect repellent to mood relaxer.

Therapeutic uses:
Acne, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, congestion, coughs, cystitis, dandruff, eczema, insect repellent, kidney disorders, nervous tension, oily skin, psoriasis, rheumatism, stress-related disorders, and urinary tract infections.

Essential Oil Applications:

For arthritis and rheumatism, add 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Can also add 8-10 drops in bath water.

For acne, eczema, psoriasis, and oily skin, mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and dab on affected areas.

For asthma, bronchitis, congestion, and coughs, use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation.

To alleviate nervous tension and stress-related disorders, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.

For cystitis, kidney disorders, or urinary tract infections, use 8-10 drops in bath water.

For dandruff, mix 2-3 drops with unscented hair conditioner; massage on scalp. Leave on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse.

To repel insects and rats, use a few drops on cotton balls and place in infested areas. Can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.

Mixes Well With:
Anise, bergamot, citronella, chamomile, eucalyptus, ginger, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rosemary, and sandalwood.

Extraction Method:
Steam distillation.

Parts Used:
Wood chips and sawdust.

Safety Information:
Avoid if pregnant. Possible irritant to skin in sensitive types. Do a patch test first.

More Info:

The Power of Aromatherapy
Getting Started with Aromatherapy
The Choosing, Blending and the Caring of Your Essential Oils

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  6. Iz

    Is it okay to directly inhale Cedarwood for stress conniptions.

  7. Iz

    I meant conditions not conniptions

  8. Barry Burrows

    Hi please could you help with my dogs rash the vet prescribed steroid cream and we know that that is not good for doggi the rash is caused by grass they think. Was thinking of penny royal herb and cedarwood oil
    Thanks B. Burrows

    • abbyiherb

      It might be best to contact a holistic vet to answer your question. They should be able to provide you with better information.

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