Cedarwood Essential Oil has an earthy aroma that is soothing and grounding. It is a well documented oil, used by the Sumerians, Egyptians and Tibetans. And is mentioned over 40 times in the Bible.
Cedarwood oil contains the highest amount of sesquiterpenes.
What are Sesquiterpenes? They are a hydrocarbon group that is found in essential oils.
Sesquiterpenes oxygenate at the cellular level which brings the release of toxins and promotes circulation. This explains why Cedarwood Essential Oils are powerful lymph decongestants, can reduce cellulite and are great for the hair and skin.
I have used Cedarwood essential oil for my hair and for sleeping with good results. But it is really the spiritual feelings that I get when I use it that makes me reach for the bottle time and time again. For me, the words are connected, comforted yet grounded.
There are three great professionally made blends that I use that contain Cedarwood. They are Australian Blue, Sacred Mountain and Highest Potential. contains Gathering and Australian Blue Blends!
What is the Genus Species? Cedras atlantica
Why is this information important? Cedarwood oil is sold under many different names. And in fact, many plants in the Cupressaceae family may be sold under the Cedarwood oil label.
Remember, if you are using the oil for therapeutic use, then make sure you are purchasing the right species of oil!
Where is the name derived from? Cedrus is a Arabic word ‘kedron” meaning “power”.
What Part of the Plant is Used? Bark
What is the ORAC Value? 169,000 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that this species is the most directly related to the Cedars of Lebanon quoted in the Bible?
What are the Plant Properties? Anti-fungal, antibacterial, lymphatic stimulant, antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, diuretic, sedative, insect repellent.
What are the Documented Uses for Cedarwood? Hair loss (alopecia areata), skin conditions (acne, hair, eczema, psoriasis), anger, arteriosclerosis, cellulite, diuretic, tuberculosis, urinary infections, anxiety, dandruff, water retention, sleep.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Calms the spirit and eases nervous tension. Helps calm anger and eases anxiety.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Cedarwood oil helps you embrace the feeling of being totally safe and secure with yourself as well as in your environment. As fears are released, the heart is open to spiritual love and protection which also brings self acceptance and love.
What Chakra is Affected? The heart chakra expands using this oil.
What are the corresponding Chakra Colors? Yellow and red.
How do I use it?
NEAT – straight, undiluted, then
• Apply several drops (2-4) on location • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points • Directly inhale, or
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, use it to deter ticks, flies and fleas on your dog and cat. I make up a flea spray with Cedarwood that works great!
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Pine and citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Safe for children over 2 years of age. Pregnant women should use caution.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that the Egyptians used Cedarwood for embalming the dead?
Did you know that the Native Americans traditionally used it to enhance their spiritual communication?
Did you know that the Cherokee believe that cedar wood holds powerful protective spirits for the Cherokee? It is tradition to place a small piece of wood in a medicine bag and wear it around the neck.
Place Cedarwood on your thumb and the roof of your mouth to release blocks to learning!
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