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Cedarwood Essential Oil – Oils of Ancient Scripture Part 4

essential oilCedarwood essential oil is one of our favorite oils in our home. We use it often to help with restful sleep and combined with lavender for a pillow spray. It is a key ingredient in several of my body creams, and is also a key ingredient in focus blends. Because of its high sesquiterpene content, it is very beneficial for brain health as well.  And as a bonus – it is one of Young Living’s least expensive essential oils! That is quite a bonus for such a beneficial oil!

Cedarwood is a gently stimulating essential oil that aids in circulation and the release of toxins. It has an complex, earthy fragrance that makes it suitable for deodorizing blends, and also seems to be a deterrent for fleas. (Score!)

Traditional Uses:

Cedarwood was used traditionally in ritual cleansing after touching a dead body, unclean animals, or anything else considered biblically “unclean,” such as the bedding of someone who had died. Cedarwood was also used in the cleansing of leprosy and the cleansing of evil spirits. It has been used by cultures around the world for embalming, medicine, cleansing, personal hygiene, and skin problems.

Modern Uses:

Today cedarwood is used as an insect repellant, to encourage to encourage the growth of healthy hair, to support respiratory health, to promote healthy sleep, and to encourage healthy skin.

Cedarwood has the highest concentration (of all essential oils) of sesquiterpenes, which can enhance cellular oxygen.

 

Information & Uses:

  • Cedarwood was known as the “oil of gladness” in ancient times.
  • King Solomon was said to have built the temple in Jerusalem of cedar.  The wood was so prized that the surrounding nations almost depleted the woods in their entirety.
  • Of all essential oils, cedarwood is the very highest in sesquiterpenes (which are oxygen-delivering molecules and a capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier).
  • Historically used for: temple worship, mood elevation, and mental clarity.
  • Diffuse or directly inhale to enhance meditation and focus.
  • Use as an insect repellent. (May be diluted with a carrier oil.)Sleep
  • Apply a drop to a cotton ball and place in drawers to repel insects, and to keep clothing fresh.
  • Rub a drop into the bottom of the feet to support the immune system.
  • Rub a few drops into the scalp to help hair grow thicker and healthier.
  • To enhance restful sleep, apply to the soles of feet, inhale directly, or apply near the temples and back of the neck.

Organic Hair Serum

  • 10 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 10 drops YL Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops YL Rosemary essential oil
  • 4 teaspoon organic unrefined coconut oil

Organic Hair SerumMelt organic unrefined coconut oil by adding to a mason jar.  Warm up a couple of inches of water in a small saucepan.  Remove pan from heat.  Place mason jar into the pan to melt the coconut oil.  Once the coconut oil is melted, add the coconut oil to a 4 oz glass bottle.  Add the essential oils to the coconut oil and shake well.  Store bottle with a dropper lid.

To use:  Add a couple drops of the hair serum to your hands and rub into the hair shaft at night before bed (the oil will NOT stain your sheets). I also like to run a drop or two thru my hair after I straighten or curl it to tame frizzies and give it a sleep look.

This recipe was created by my friend Maria at OurOrganicHome.com

Animal Applications

Supports the circulatory system and stimulates the limbic system which controls emotions.  Has insect repelling properties.  Best method of application for cedarwood in animals would be aromatherapy/diffusion or topical as part of a natural insect repelling blend.  Good oil to inhale/diffuse before a competition/event and anytime your animal needs a little mental stimulation.Cedarwood

Biblical References

  • And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times: And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet. (Leviticus 14:51-­52)
  • And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer. (Numbers 19:6)
  • As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the Lord hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters. (Numbers 24:6)
  • And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house. (2 Samuel 5:11)
  • So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to all his desire. (1 Kings 5:10)
  • So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with beams and boards of cedar. (1 Kings 6:9)
  • And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycamore trees that are in the vale for abundance. (2 Chronicles 1:15)
  • Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together. (Isaiah 41:14­-19)
  • Thus saith the Lord God; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent: In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar; and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell. (Ezekiel 17:22­-23)

    Click here to view the complete series on the Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture.

    The Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture

Aloes/Sandalwood – Ancient Oils of Scripture Part 2

Sandalwood/Aloes essential oil Santalum albumThe first oil we are going to discuss in the Oils of Ancient Scripture series is Aloes, also known as Sandalwood (Santalum album).

Aloes were referred to a number of times in the Bible, and it is believed that what was biblically referred to as Aloes is the same plant that is called Sandalwood in current times.

In Song of Solomon Aloes was included in a list of the most precious oils.

Ancient uses:

  • used to enhance meditation
  • as an aphrodisiac
  • as a perfume and for fragrancing bedding
  • as a spice
  • used in embalming

Current day uses:

  • skin care
  • supporting the female reproductive system and endocrine system
  • to enhance sleep quality
  • to help relieve various problems

Benefits and Uses:

  • Aloes/Sandalwoos usesVery high in sesquiterpenes, which are very beneficial for brain health and emotional health. Sesquiterpenes have the ability to deprogram misinformation and to carry oxygen at the cellular level.
  • Supports skin care, relaxation, hair care, and urinary tract health.
  • Its fragrance is one of the most relaxing fragrances in the world.
  • Diffuse or place a drop in hand, rub hands together, cup hands over nose, and breathe deeply at bedtime to enhance deep sleep.
  • Use as men’s cologne. May combine with carrier oil if desired. Also great as an aftershave.
  • Add 6 drops to running bath water to disperse or combine with bath salts for a relaxing bath.
  • Use a drop or two for dry, chapped skin and wrinkled skin. May combine with carrier oil.
  • For digestive support, rub on stomach area and feet vita flex points..

Animal uses:

For animal care, this essential oil has been used as an immune stimulant and for various skin-type problems which commonly erupt around the face and muzzle of animals.  It may also be used for cleansing and for skin and coat care. Can be included with other insect repelling essential oils to make a natural bug spray.

Men’s Homemade Sandalwood Cologne 

  • 5 drops Cedarwood essential oilmen's homemade sandalwood cologne
  • 3 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 1 cup of organic sweet almond oil
  • Glass roll-on tube or glass spray bottle.

Add sweet almond oil to an 8 oz glass bottle.  Add all essential oils to glass bottle.  Shake well.  Add cologne to a glass roller bottle.  Store remainder of cologne in the 8 oz glass bottle with secure lid. Store in a cool place.

To apply cologne: Roll cologne on chest and wrist.

This recipe created by my friend Maria at www.OurOrganicHome.com

Biblical References:

  • How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel! Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters. (Numbers 24:5-6)
  • I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. (Proverbs 7:17)
  • All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. (Psalm 45:8)
  • Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices. (Song of Solomon 4:14)
  • He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. (John 19:39)

Myrrh Aloes Cassia Sandalwood

 

Click here to view the complete series on the Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture.

The Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture

Have Sweet Dreams Tonight With This DIY Deep Sleep Cream

If you are like the millions of Americans who sometimes have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at night, then you know just how helpful it is to have a natural, non-addictive solution to help your body get the rest it needs.

In this recipe I have combined the therapeutic goodness of my favorite essential oils for relaxation along with a large dose of magnesium, which is another key ingredient for restful sleep. Topical doses of magnesium are better absorbed and utilized by our body than oral administration, so I prefer to take my magnesium that way.

If you prefer video instructions, be sure to scroll down for my video tutorial.

Deep Sleep Cream

Bring water to a boil. Place magnesium flakes in a heat-safe bowl. Once water is boiling, pour over magnesium flakes and stir to help dissolve. Set aside and allow to continue dissolving.

Place a wide-mouth quart size mason jar in a pan with 1-2 inches of water and gently heat over medium heat (or use a double boiler). Add the following ingredients to the mason jar and allow them to gently melt, being sure to stir occasionally: coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, and cocoa butter.

After these ingredients have melted, remove the mason jar from the pan and pour the mixture into a heat-safe bowl. Set aside until it comes to room temperature and hardens somewhat. (You can place the bowl in the fridge to speed up this process.)

Once it has thickened up, use an electric mixer to beat/whip the ingredients, then start adding the magnesium water (not all at once – add a little at a time as you continue beating the mixture). You want to get a nice whipped texture. At this point, the mixture may become a little watery. If so, place the bowl in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up before continuing, or you can continue on to the next step without refrigerating if you prefer. (Hint: You will get a nicer texture in the finished product if you refrigerate before adding essential oils and doing a final whip with the mixer.)

At this point, you will continue whipping the mixture with the electric mixer, and then add the essential oils. Beat until everything is well-mixed and until you get the consistency/texture you want.

Transfer the mixture to a glass jar(s) for storage.

Rub on the bottom of feet before bed to help promote restful sleep (and soften the skin).

Note: This makes a large batch. You can cut the recipe in half for a smaller batch.

Sweet dreams!!