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Explaining Essential Oils- Cedarwood

Explaining Essential Oils- Cedarwood

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Cedarwood Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica

What is it?

Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from cedar trees and is an earthy smelling oil similar to sandalwood.

How can I use it?

Anxiety Reducer.  Essential oil extracted from red cedarwood essential oil has been proven to be an effective alternative method to treat anxiety. Applying a safely diluted solution of this oil topically or diffusing it aromatically can help manage anxious feelings and help promote calmness.

Sleep Aid. Due to Cedarwood’s sedating effects, Studies have shown that the aromatic use of Cedarwood essential oil may be beneficial to those who struggle to fall asleep or suffer with insomnia.  

Skin Care. Because of its antimicrobial content, cedarwood essential oil is a great natural remedy for treating certain skin conditions. It has been shown to effectively treat acne breakouts and can also be used to reduce scar formation and treat eczema.  

Insect Repellent.  Cedarwood oil can be a great alternative to toxic bug repellents such as DEET and can be safely applied to skin when diluted with a carrier oil.

What are the benefits?

Cedarwood contains special healing ingredients called sesquiterpenes. These chemicals promote emotional balance, support the body’s immune system and can act as antioxidant agents. The specific sesquiterpenes found in cedarwood are cedrene and thujopsene which have been shown to help balance moods and promote emotional balance and well-being.

What are the risks? 

Cedarwood oil has been listed as a safe agent by the U.S. Environmental Protective Agency for aromatic or topical use. Never ingest any essential oil without first checking with your physician. Avoid getting this oil into eyes, mouth or open sores.  

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