Monday, March 14, 2016

The Power of Cedarwood!

Cedarwood Essential Oil 

This oil has a warm balsamic aroma.  Cedarwood oil can help create a calming and comforting atmosphere when diffused.  Add cedarwood oil to your favorite skin care products and apply topically or massage into scalp for the appearance of healthy looking hair.

Common Uses

  • Diffuse to relax the mind and body
  • Mix with a carrier oil for massage therapy
  • Can be massaged into your scalp and hair 
  • Used for clarifying properties in skin care or facial toners.
  • Repels moths, so soak a cotton ball and put it in your hope chest!
The essence of cedarwood is extracted through steam distillation.  Cedar is a northern tree, and loves colder climates.  Cedarwood is associated with the following therapeutic qualities
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Treatment for Seborrhea (dandruff, cradle cap...)
  • Stimulates the metabolism
  • Improves general feeling of wellness
  • Encourages weight loss
  • Powerful calming and relaxing properties
Ancient Egyptians used cedarwood oil in their perfumes, embalming processes, and as a natural insect repellent.  Ancient Greeks preserved bodies in the essential oil for they believed this would make someone immortal. 

The soothing properties of this oil have been known to help people who suffer from restless leg syndrome, asthma and other conditions which lead to spasms.  As a tonic, cedarwood oil is known to help the liver and kidneys, which are pretty important if you are concerned about your overall health and wellness...

Cedarwood is a natural diuretic.  Therefore it may help with high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, arthritis, obesity, rheumatism, gout and toxins in the blood.  Due to it's natural expectorant properties, it is known to fight phlegm and help the respiratory tract.

A word of warning
As always, use care when using essential oil.  Cedarwood should not be used by pregnant women and young children.  Used properly though, cedarwood essential oil is known to be relatively safe.

When diffused, cedar has the properties of curing bad dreams.  Native Americans used cedar on their fires to help cure head colds.  An old wive's tale says that cedar in your home prevents lightning strikes!  Also, cedar is associated with money and psychic powers.

As always, I'm not a doctor.  Therefore any of my medical claims can be taken for what they are... claims.  I would encourage you to try cedarwood oil for yourself, and determine the accuracy of what others are claiming about this amazing oil.