Cedarwood 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!)
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.
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.)
- 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
Melt 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
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.
- 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)