Cedarwood essential oil has a warm cedar aroma. It emits a soothing scent when used for massage and very relaxing. Cedarwood also has a long history of use as a beneficial ingredient in cosmetic preparation for oily skin. Cedarwood oil is derived from the needles, leaves, bark, and berries of cedar trees. There are many varieties of cedar trees found around the world. This essential oil can be extracted with several processes, including steam distillation, carbon dioxide distillation, and cold pressing.
Ways to Uses Cedarwood Essential Oil
Generally people use essential oils through inhale, topical use and also diffuse. You can use cedarwood oil in various ways. Such as:
Inhale and Diffuse
Inhaling cedarwood oil directly from the bottle is a good way to get that warmth aroma. Add a few drops of cedarwood oil into diffuser and feel the relaxation in your room. There are other way to use as aromatherapy treatment. You can also drop a few of those oil on towel or cloth and place it under your pillow.
Dilute cedarwood oil first with carrier oil and apply it to your skin. the oil can act as insect repellent such as flea and moth. Unfortunely, cedarwood oil is not effective at repelling mosquitoes. Other than that, you can use cedarwood oil as an acne treatment. use a diluted oil and apply to your acne region with cotton ball. Rinse your face after 15 minutes.
Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood commonly used as an ingredient in products like insect repellent, cologne, shampoo, and deodorant. This is because cedarwood oil has 3 major components, cedrine, cedrol and thujopsene as potential health and beauty benefits:
A 1998 study showed that people with alopecia areata, disease that causes the immune system to attack hair follicles, experienced hair growth when given a daily scalp massage of diluted cedarwood, thyme, rosemary and lavender oils. Participants applied directly to the scalp for 7 month period.
Massage your scalp with a diluted cedarwood oil may reduce itchiness and flaky scalp. You can add a few drops into shampoo or conditioner.
A study shown that by adding cedarwood oil to acne treatments can help alleviate and reduce acne breakouts. This proved that cedarwood oil has anti inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Cedarwood oil may also reduce some other skin conditions. It may reduce skin scars or minor wounds or eczema (symptoms) or alleviate arthritis pain.
Cedarwood oil may have relax and soothing effect that may reduce anxiety level. Diffuse cedarwood oil in your room for aromatherapy treatment and to alleviate sleep condition such as insomnia. Have a long day at work? try add a few drops of cedarwood oil into a hot bath for a royal treatment before going to bed.
Cedarwood oil is known to be safe for every mammals include us the human. It is also recognized as safe by the U.S Environmental Protective Agency when used topically as an insecticide or food additive. However, cedarwood oil may be dangerous if swallowed directly without having to dilute with a glass of water and do not attempt to use cedarwood oil if you have allergy to cedar.
Cedarwood can be use for pets but keep in mind that some essential oils are very dangerous for pets. Make sure to check with a veterinarian first before using it to your pets. It is safe to be use for young children and also you or your partner who is pregnant and breastfeeding.
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