Before we get into the benefits of Cedarwood oil, let me ask, do you know what is cedarwood oil?
It is okay if you don’t!
If I put it plain and simple, cedarwood oil is an oil that is extracted from the Cedar bark, leaves, berries, and needles.
There are different kinds of cedarwoods in the world, and the oil from all kinds is called Cedarwood oil. Though there are specific names of each kind, but they are well recognized as Cedarwood oil.
However, the most popular kind of cedarwood for essential oil is the Eastern Red Cedar. It is also called Pencil cedar.
The oil from cedarwoods is extracted in different methods. Professionals use different techniques such as Carbon Dioxide Distillation, Cold pressing, Steam Distillation, etc.
Cedarwood oil was analyzed and tested a couple of times on both animals and humans. And every time it has proved that this oil has some properties which benefit the overall health of humans and animals greatly.
The Properties are Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Antifungal, Insecticidal, Diuretic, and Antiseptic. That being said, without further ado let’s have a look at what benefits cedarwood oil has to offer.
8 Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil
1. For Eczema
Who hasn’t heard of this? A very common skin disorder, a pretty irritating one.
It causes itchy dry skin which cracks or blisters sometimes. Studies have shown that cedarwood essential oil can help greatly treating Eczema. This oil has the ability to slowly reduce inflammation and dryness.
There are various ways of using this oil. You can either rub the oil on the body like lotion or soap. Or you can add 4 to 5 drops of the oil to water and then shower with it.
When you decide to rub the oil on the body, make sure to rub the oil on the itchy area of the body. And for a faster result, make sure to use the oil on a daily basis.
2. For Hair loss
If you are bald already applying this oil wouldn’t get your hairs back. But if you are someone who is suffering from hair loss, then cedarwood oil can work like magic.
So how does this oil help?
When applied on the scalp, the oil increases blood circulation and stimulates the hair follicles. And this helps greatly in slowing down the hair loss and not only that, it even makes the existing hair very healthy.
Aromatherapists and Herbalists most of the time prescribes cedarwood essential oil for hair thinning and hair loss.
Some of them suggest mixing a few other essential oils to the Cedarwood oil, those includes, Lavender and Rosemary essential oil.
According to a survey, using the mixture on the scalp for 7 months can show an impressive result.
You can directly apply the oil to your scalp and rub it for a while. Leave the oil on the scalp for at least 30 minutes.
I prefer leaving the oil on the scalp overnight and then rinse in the morning. Apart from this, you can also mix the oil to your shampoo and conditioner for better results.
3. Improves Skin
Since cedarwood oil has Antiseptic properties, it can easily prevent microorganism growth on the skin.
Microorganism growth can damage the skin badly, it is very harmful. Apart from this, if mixed with a carrier oil, it can disinfect the wound as well.
Tissue and joint inflammation is a very common symptom of Arthritis. And it causes discomfort and pain.
When it comes down to treating arthritis with essential oils, Cedarwood oil comes first. Thanks to the Anti-inflammation property of this oil.
Not only this, pain relievers that are popular for treating muscle and joint pains, they also come with cedarwood essential oil.
You can use the oil externally, which will reduce the inflammation which will lead to minimized joint pain or discomfort. Or you can mix a carrier oil to that and then add 10 to 15 drops in water, and then shower.
However, the first option works best but you can do both for faster recovery.
The scent of the cedarwood essential oil is very comforting and it has a wood-like scent which is very pleasant.
When blended with any oil or perfume, it brings a warm tone. This oil can be used around the home as an air freshener since it acts as a natural deodorizer.
Adding this oil to the room mixed with other essential oil or adding it to the body spray can give you an extended therapeutic effect.
6. Calm and Relaxing
Have you ever heard of Aromatherapy? It is a treatment for physical and psychological betterment, fully based on essential oils.
Several pieces of research have been conducted on this and according to that, anyone who has sleep troubles or wants to relax, they should look out for cedarwood essential oil.
This essential oil is very sedative and to enjoy the sedative effect fully diffuse the oil before going to bed.
7. Relief from Cough
As I have said earlier, cedarwood comes with an antispasmodic property. And this makes the oil a cough reliever, a very good one.
If the cough is troubling you, try using this oil right before going to bed. Rub the oil on your chest and throat. Keep rubbing for 2-3 minutes. And if you have a blocked nose, then add one drop of the oil on your upper lip.
8. Great Bug Repellent
Cedarwood oil is known as one of the best bug repellents. It keeps pests such as fleas, ticks away. If you want a bug sprayer, you can make that with this oil pretty easily.
Just mix a few drops of this oil to the water and then apply on your skin.
You can use this oil on both indoor and outdoor furniture as well to keep pests away from damaging the wood.
It is a never-ending list, there are a lot of cedarwood oil benefits. But these are the major ones.
Due to its incredible benefits, cedarwood essential oil could be expensive but it will be a great investment.
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