Cedarwood has been used since ancient times and helps ward off insects and moths. Many young women in the 1700 and 1800’s had hope chests, either made from or lined with, this woodsy, spicy yet sweet-smelling wood. They would tuck their quilts and the linens, which they made (or received as gifts) to be used once they were married, into these beautiful chests. To this day you will still hear that someone has a cedar chest or closet where they will store clothes so the moths won’t get to them.
As an essential oil, Cedarwood has been found to improve focus and concentration. Because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties, it treats skin irritation and inflammation such as acne and eczema. It also can ease arthritis and rheumatism, and be used for respiratory issues as bronchitis, coughs and colds. It can help relieve tension, mental strain and depression.
Blends well with bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, vetiver and ylang-ylang.
Acne/Eczema: Apply 2 -3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to affected area.
Cold, flu, respiratory issues: Diffuse or mix 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to the chest.
Concentration and focus: Inhale directly from the bottle, diffuse or mix a few drops with a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply as a body lotion.
Do not take internally. Dilution is recommended for topical use.
If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.