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Cedarwood (Cedrus Atlantica) is a very aromatic oil, which comes from the evergreen cedar tree. This tree is a pyramid-shaped evergreen tree, which grows up to 130ft high. Its strongly aromatic wood contains a high percentage of essential oil. It was one of the first oils to be used in ancient medicine and ritual. Used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming and by the people of the Middle East since biblical times, the wood still provides Tibetan monks with incense, burnt to aid meditation. Cedarwood essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the wood chips. It has a rich, woody; masculine scent that is warming physically cleansing, and emotionally grounding. The antiseptic, anti-seborrheic, and mild astringent properties of Cedarwood make it a popular choice for treating acne, oily skin eruptions, and dandruff. It has diuretic properties, which benefit the urinary system and help to relieve cystitis – it is also used for vaginal infections and discharges. Cedarwood oil is an expectorant and mucolytic, and is traditionally used in the treatment of catarrh problems, especially bronchial congestion and infections. The oil is also valued for its ability both to stimulate the circulation and relax the nervous system while having a tonic effect on the whole body. On an emotional level, Cedarwood can dispel gloomy or scattered thoughts, anxiety, obsessions and fears. Cedarwood essential oil blends well with: - Chamomile - Frankincense - Geranium - Jasmine - Juniper - Lavender - Rosemary - Rosewood - Vetiver - Ylang Ylang For treatment of dandruff, add six drops of Cedarwood essential oil, six drops of Rosemary oil and six drops of Cypress oil to 50ml of olive oil – don’t use Virgin, as this is a terrible waste. Massage the mixture into the scalp with your fingertips and cover with a bath cap – leave overnight if possible, then thoroughly shampoo your hair. If using on children, the only half the quantity is required. Please note Cedarwood essential oil MUST NOT be used during pregnancy. Several types of cedar trees are used to produce oil that is sold as Cedarwood, however, beware as some of this oil is very different from Cedrus Atlantica, therefore, always make sure that you buy Atlas Cedarwood essential oil. As Cedarwood oil is a spicy oil, it is great at Christmas time used as a room scenter – blend with Frankincense, Sandalwood, Cinnamon and Orange essential oils and use it in your burner.
Cedarwood (Atlas) Essential oil (Cedrus Atlantica. Family:Pinaceae) is a real favourite of mine during the winter months. The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the cedarwood tree. The whole tree is used for this process, including wood, stumps, and sawdust. This tree grows to about 40 metres in height and it is pyramid shaped with evergreen leaves. The main world producers of the oil are Algeria and Morocco. The oil itself is yellow, orange, or amber in colour and tends to be quite thick. It takes a while for a drop to come out of the bottle, but don't shake it to speed things up as you will then get far more than you very quickly! Uses: +++++ Bronchial infections, coughs and colds, urinary infections, cystitis, catarrh, skin care, dandruff, aids concentration, helps treat anxiety and paranoia. How to use: ++++++++++++ Best used in a diffuser so that the aroma circulates round the room. This is a very efective way to soothe a cough. Use in a steam inhalation of 4 drops to no less than a litre of boiling water (not if you are asthmatic). Can be used in the bath if you blend it with other oils. For this purpose I would use 2 drops of cedarwood oil, with 3 drops of lavendar to treat a bad cough, bronchitis or a cold. Mix the oil with a little milk or vodka before adding to the bath so that it doesn't go straight to the bottom and make it greasey. Can be used to massage the chest but must be blended with a carrier oil before use. Try 7 drops of cedarwood with 15 mils of carrier oil. To treat dandruff rub a couple of drops into your scalp with you fingers then add your usual shampoo to your dry scalp to remove the oil. Shampoo as normal. Warning: ++++++++ Not recommended during pregnancy. There is a risk of toxicity with this oil because it conta ins cadinene. Make sure that you keep the oil in a safe secure place and wash your hands after using the oil or handling the bottle. Do not take internally. Do not use more than the recommended amount in a bath or you may get skin burns. Don't use in a steam inhalation if you are asthmatic. Keep your eyes closed while inhaling as this oil, like most others, can seriously affect the eyes. Make sure that you know what you are buying. Write down the latin name and family name of this oil so that you know whether you are buying the correct thing. Look on the label to make sure you are geting 100% essential oil. Stick to well known brands to lessen the risk of buying adulterated oils. Verdict: ++++++++ Soothing and very effective for sore chests. I prefer to use this in a diffuser and often use it in the bedroom if I have a troublesome cough. This is also effective in a steam inhalation if you aren't asthmatic. Sprinkle on logs if you have an open fire. The scent is gorgeous.
It is believed that Cedarwood was probably one of the very first essential oils to be ever extracted from a plant. North American Indians used it to treat respiratory infections, and other ailments including menstrual delay, arthritis and kidney disease. The ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification process. It has excellent expectorant properties and therefore one of it's applications is for to help alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis, or catarrh. Also useful for problems of the genito-urinary tract, for example cystitis or where there is burning pain. In the context of beauty, it has astringent properties, therefore it is ideal for oily skin. It also may help acne or psoriasis. As a facial application it's skin softening properties are lovely for older or more mature skin. Used externally, it is non toxic although it can cause some skin irritation in some people. Definitely not to be used in pregnancy.
This is another one of my favourites (I have quite a few). It is more for skin conditions such as dandruff, dermatitis, rashes, greasy skin and acne. I haven’t used it for acne but I have used many many times in the bath and in my burner. The scent is relaxing and even men would like this one. It shouldn’t be used during pregnancy so be aware. This is the ideal solution to giving your face a facial sauna. Simply add a few drops in a bowl of hot water, and do exactly what you would do if you had a cold. It’s great. It leaves your skin refreshed and revived.
Smells sort of woody/spicy, lovely. Cedarwood was used by Egyptians for mummifying. I use it if I ever get a bout of cystitis, a few drops in the bath is helpful. I have also used it for a bad cough, mixed with afew drops of Eucalyptus and used as an inhalation. You can feel a soothing sensation. It can be used diluted in massage oil, a few drops in bath water or as an inhalation. Mixed with a drop of Rosemary and diluted in Vegtable oil, it is good for dandruff. Cedarwood can be an irritant on sensitive skins, so do a small skin patch test before use. Also it should NOT be used during pregnancy. Iy is also a good insect repellant, I use it in a burner when I have loads of flies in the kitchen..it works, in that the flies won`t go near it...but it doesn`t actually clear them from the kitchen altogether. Before using it though I recommend, looking it up in a book & finding all the do & don`ts first...as with all Essential oils.