One of my favorite trees, and consequentially, one of my favorite oils. Their variety of cedarwood comes from the Junipers Virginiana. Many people, mistakingly think, that cedarwood is a part of the cedar family or cedruss family. That is not the case, in fact this particular variety of cedarwood; Juniperus Virginiana is part of the Cupressaceae family, and the Juniperus species. It is native to the rocky mountains in north america and it’s oil, bark, berries and wood have a great history of healing among many Native American tribes. However many people mis use cedarwood when looking it up by the common name instead of the latin name.
This history on the general cedarwood oil is long. Some say that the original Cedarwood oil, (cedrus libani) which originates in Lebanon was possibly the first essential oil to be extracted from and plant. It was used by the Egyptians in the mummification process and was used in cosmetics as well as inserted into papyrus leaves to protect the paper from insects. It was so useful in fact that the Egyptians incorporated Lebanon into their empire to ensure continued supply
Getting back to our beloved Juniperus Virginiana that dōTERRA distributes. It is the wood that was used to make pencils, and is hard to smell without reminiscing about middle school math class and using the excuse of sharpening your pencil to get up, move around the classroom and drop a note off to your best friend in a different section of the room. At least for me, that is what I think about when I open the bottle and inhale the delightful scent. It is funny how aromatherapy has the ability to transport us back in time based on the association of smell. This time travel is a blessing, there are many scents I would love to be able to bottle. Thank goodness dōTERRA is doing it for us in many instances.
Cedarwood (juniperus virginiana), anti mucous oil, it is great for respiratory complaints and inhaling it can help support healthy respiratory function. A bonus since it also smells delightful. Additionally, it is of value for use on all skin types as an astringent, antiseptic and to relieve itching. It helps with reducing oily skin and helping with oily hair and dandruff as well as eczema and psoriasis.
One of the more common uses we think of when we think of cedarwood is it’s use in furniture and in closest. It is a very good insect repellent, which is why it has been used to line closets to keep moths out since as far back as I can remember. I also have a hope chest that is lined with cedar, to keep extra linens free from pests, and we spray it in our cabin in the woods to keep the pests at bay while we are not there.
- Balsamic, or Heals wounds and relieves pains
- depurative, or purifying and detoxifying
- expectorant, or removes phlegm from the respiratory tracts and lungs
- pectoral, or a remedy for chest and lungs
- insect deterrent
While research is still being done on many essential oils A 2012 study investigated the wound-healing and anti-inflammatory activities of Cedarwood oil. In this study Juniperus virginiana Cedarwood oil was tested along with Western Juniper oil. Both oils exhibited wound-healing and anti-inflammatory activities.
As you can see by the list above, cedarwood has a lot of useful physical benefits, it doesn’t stop there. It can also have tremendous emotional benefits beyond teleporting your mind back to middle school. It is a very grounding oil that helps to relax your mind making it a good oil for meditation. It also helps promote self confidence, so when using this oil, it is common to feel confident about yourself, while calm, making it easy to connect with others. It is both grounding and heart opening. Yes Please. I want that in my life, and medicine cabinet.
10 ways to incorporate cedarwood oil into your your home
- Mist your freshly laid mulch to keep bugs at bay.
- Diffusing Cedar oil in your home, office, or workspace can help promote feelings of confidence and self-esteem.
- Add 1-2 drops to facial toner for added clarifying qualities.
- Add a couple of drops to your personal oil perfume blend to add a warm undertone that will be calming and help you to connect with others.
- Mix in a spray bottle and spray chicken bedding to keep bugs out of your chicken coop.
- Mix with coconut oil and apply to Psoriasis or eczema.
- Boost your dreams by putting a drop of this in your nighttime diffuser blend, or rolling on the bottom of your feet before bed.
- Mix a drop with coconut oil and apply as a natural mosquito repellent before a hike.
- Cedarwood essential oil has antiseptic properties which can help to treat minor wounds or skin damage. Make your own balm for minor cuts or scrapes by adding a few drops of cedarwood oil to coconut oil and simply rub it gently into the affected area.
- Massage Cedarwood oil into sore muscles using the 1 tsp to 2-5 drops ratio
Oils that Mix Well with Cedarwood
As a warm, woody essential oil, Cedarwood produces an aroma that is reminiscent of the outdoors. Because of its warm properties, Cedarwood oil blends well with herbal oils like Clary Sage, woody oils like Cypress, and even other spicy essential oils like Frankincense. I also love to add it to the diffuser with Bergamot for a grounding and focused yet happy and uplifting environment in my office.
Sweet Dreams Diffuser Blend
- 2 Drops Lavender
- 2 Drops Cedarwood
- 2 Drops Serenity
Precautions when using Cedarwood
- Although a test patch should always be done on sensitive skin and proper dilution of 5% (3% for children) should be followed with a carrier oil of your choice.
- Use with Caution while pregnant, especially during the first trimester and if you are under the care of a physician consult with them prior to use.
- Please note that not all essential oils are equal and I can only recommend using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
One of the things that I love most about dōTERRA Essential Oils is that every month there is an option of placing a 100v order and getting a free oil. This month, May 2017, the free oil for placing an order is Cedarwood. If you would like more information about getting the deepest discounts on essential oils contact me, I’d love to get you started.