Cedarwood Essential Oil – Benefits & Uses

Cedarwood essential oil is certainly one of the essential oils that needs no introduction as to what the aroma smells like. It has that warm kinda woodsy aroma that invokes a very comforting and positive mental experience that many of us are quite familiar with. But Cedarwood Essential Oil actually has many uses beyond just that warm wonderful aroma.

Of course you can diffuse it for its earthy aroma, but, you can also use cedarwood to give your skin a nice smooth look and even a shine to your hair. This makes it a nice compliment to add to the massage oil blends!

I initially had no idea that the oil from a tree could be so versatile and even so beneficial for one's health and wellness! Cedarwood essential oil beneficial properties include support as a diuretic, an anti-fungal and antiseptic, and well as properties as a sedative. Clearly this is an essential that you should have around the house! Not only an oil with a great aroma to diffuse… but also some great health benefits!

Before getting into the benefits and uses of Cedarwood essential oil let's take a look at the cautionary notes on this oil.

Even though some essential oils are great additions to foods and recipes, Cedarwood is NOT one of them. Cedarwood is a very potent oil and is not safe to ingest. If pregnant, it should be avoided all together. Even topically, Cedarwood should not be used in high a frequency/concentration on the skin as doing so could cause irritation.

Common Cedarwood Essential Oil Benefits

  • Promotes Hair Growth
  • Has Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Can Help Reduce Skin Irritations
  • May Help Reduce Spasms
  • Repels Bugs
  • Reduces Cough
  • Supports Metabolism
  • Supports Menstruation
  • Tightens Muscles
  • Can Help Clear Toxins

Here's 11 Quick Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses:

For topical use – Except for the most sensitive of skin, you can apply Cedarwood directly and use as needed.

  1. Add Cedarwood to you other lotions and skin care products to smooth your skin. A couple of drops to your shampoo or conditioner will enhance the shine of your hair. Even rub a few drops on your hands and then massage into your scalp to promote more healthy looking hair.
  2. Another Cedarwood essential oil uses comes if you happen to struggle with Eczema. Using Cedarwood in your shampoo and/or conditioner can be beneficial in lessening inflammation that is ultimately is a part of this skin condition. Cedarwood may reduce the skin peeling and may work against the infection. In addition to adding Cedarwood to your lotion or shampoo you can apply it to the infected area or even add a few drops to you soak in the tub.
  3. Cedarwood essential oil for hair loss. Cedarwood can help increase the circulation to the scalp and stimulate the hair follicles and slow the process of hair loss. Essential oils have been recommended for decades as a possible method to treat hair loss. Simply add the Cedarwood essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner or massage directly into your scalp and let sit several minutes before rinsing out. This process also works well if you struggle with a dry flaky scalp condition.
  4. Cedarwood has antiseptic properties and can be applied directly on wounds to help support against infection. By supporting the body's effort to ward off toxins it helps the keep the immune system from the extra work and stress internally.
  5. Cedarwood may help to support relieve efforts against the inflammation and pressure from arthritis. Inflammation of joints and tissues related to arthritis can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. Positive results may be obtained by either inhalation or applying directly to the joints. You can even try adding the oil to your bath water for a soak.
  6. May help support the relief of spasmodic episodes. If you occasionally struggle with something like Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) or other types of spasmodic issues that affect your respiratory, intestinal, or muscular system, you can certainly take advantage of Cedarwood essential oil's calming and soothing characteristics to help calm yourself and the spasms.
  7. Cedarwood supports your body to mitigate coughs and break up phlegm from the respiratory tract. Which, of course, reduces the congestion caused by a cold or cough. Diffuse Cedarwood in your bedroom before and as you go to sleep and rub some onto your chest to help break up the congestion and relieve coughing spasms.
  8. Of course Cedarwood is widely known for its ability to work as a natural deodorizer with its warm woodsy aroma. This essential oil will add a warm undertone to about any blend of oil or perfume mixes and recipes.
  9. Since Cedarwood essential oil is an astringent, it will help tighten loose muscles to create a feeling of firmness. This works well to support the digestive system and may help with stomach issues such as diarrhea when messaged in.
  10. Cedarwood can support the urinary tract to help increase the frequency of urination which helps it serve as a diuretic. This will aid in the removal of toxins as well as excess water, uric acid, and fat from the body. This in turn will support the relief of a number of health related issues brought on or aggravated by the accumulation of toxins in the body.
  11. Keep bugs and insects away. Cedarwood has been used as an effective insect repellent for years. You can diffuse it or apply it directly to yourself or anywhere you want to drive pesky bugs and insects away. Most of you know about adding the scent of Cedarwood to your closet or storage boxes to keep moths out of and eating your clothes.

As you've read, the benefits and uses of Cedarwood essential oil are many! It really is quite a versatile oil. Keep a bottle or two around your house!


These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information provided on this website is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any health condition or replace the guidance of your personal healthcare professional.

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