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Focus on: Cedarwood Essential Oil

Are you looking for a warming essential oil with a woody aroma and grounding properties?

Woolzies Cedarwood Essential Oil has a beautiful, comforting scent and many health benefits and uses.

Keep reading as we explore where cedarwood oil comes from, its benefits, and how you can use it every daily.


What is cedarwood essential oil?

Cedarwood is a warming, woody, and slightly sweet essential oil made by steam distilling wood from evergreen cedarwood trees. The trees grow in cold climates and at high altitudes, which explains why this oil is often found in warming fall and winter blends. It's reminiscent of Christmas time!

This calming oil is popular during religious ceremonies, spiritual practices, and meditation. Interestingly, Native American tribes were among the first to use cedarwood oil. They prized it for its ability to relax the mind and body.


What are the benefits of cedarwood essential oil?

Cedarwood oil smells good and has many benefits and uses.

Cedarwood contains bioactive compounds with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, calming, and insecticidal properties. It promotes relaxation and sleep due to its sedative properties and comforting aroma. Diffusing it alone - or as part of a blend - creates a calming environment and minimizes tension and anxiety by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system1.

Some of the other benefits of cedarwood essential oil include:

● Repelling insects

● Natural antiseptic

● Soothing skin irritations and dry scalp

● Stimulating hair growth

● Diminishing stretch marks

● Reducing joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation

● Reducing respiratory symptoms

● Improving circulation

These benefits make cedarwood one of our most popular multipurpose essential oils. It's awesome for newbies as well as seasoned aromatherapy users!


Did you know? Cedarwood panels are often used to line closets, drawers, and linen chests due to cedarwood's antimicrobial and insecticidal properties. It protects clothes and linen for years to come!


Which essential oils complement cedarwood?

Cedarwood essential oil is an earthy, woodsy oil with warming tones. It works well with earthy and floral oils like sandalwood, frankincense, rosemary, rose, and lavender. It also complements fruity oils like bergamot, lemon, neroli, and sweet orange.

How to use cedarwood oil (+ recipes)

We love diffusing cedarwood oil, adding it to a bath, using it in massage oil, wearing it as a cologne, and using it to fragrance homemade candles and soap. However, if you plan to use it topically, make sure it's well diluted with a carrier oil like almond or jojoba oil - 4-6 drops of cedarwood per tablespoon of carrier oil.


Get the most out of cedarwood oil with these simple recipes:


Relaxing sleep blend

Cedarwood oil has a comforting, woodsy aroma that can help you beat insomnia and anxiety. Massage some onto the soles of your feet just before bed to enjoy its sedative properties. Alternatively, it makes a great pillow spray to help you get shut eye.

In a 4-ounce spray bottle, combine the following:

● 3.5 ounces of pure water

● 2 tbsp of witch hazel

● 8 drops of cedarwood oil

● 6 drops of lavender oil

● 3 drops of frankincense oil

Shake well and spritz over your pillows and bedding before you get into bed.


Natural cleaning solution

Cedarwood oil has antiseptic properties, making it a great addition to homemade disinfectants.

For a festive-scented disinfectant surface cleaner, combine 1 cup pure water, ½ cup pure vodka, 8 drops of Cedarwood Oil, 5 drops of Sweet Orange Oil, and 4 drops of Pine Oil in a spray bottle. It has a delicious aroma that'll bring back memories of the holidays!


Homemade mothballs

Cedarwood is a fantastic insect repellent2 that smells good. Those two things are usually mutually exclusive!

Use it to make natural mothballs and keep critters from moving into drawers and closets. Add a few drops of cedarwood oil to cotton balls and keep them in closets, drawers, and storage bins. Refresh every few weeks, and you're good to go.

You can also make an insect repellent diffuser blend by adding 2 drops of cedarwood oil and 2 drops of lemongrass oil to your ultrasonic diffuser.


Are there any risks of using cedarwood oil?

When used correctly, there is minimal risk associated with cedarwood essential oil. However, don't ingest cedarwood oil and keep it out of reach of small children and animals.


Final thoughts

We hope this article has helped you see why cedarwood essential oil is so popular. It can transform your home into a comforting sanctuary and bring a dash of festive cheer to any occasion.

Let us know; what's your favorite use for cedarwood essential oil?


Resources

1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14614968/

2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24690252/


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