QUICK ESSENTIAL OIL REFERENCE GUIDE: Cedarwood

Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?

I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.

We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.

As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.

Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.

And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you already take. 

Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.

 

Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…

 

Cedarwood

 

The ancient Egyptians created the first essential oils from Lebanon cedar, which is a close relative of the cedarwood tree.

Native Americans used cedarwood oil in medicinal application as well as in purification rites.

Today’s cedarwood oil is steam-distilled from wood chips and sawdust.

WHAT IS IT USED FOR

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchial congestion
  • Itching
  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Urinary Tract Infections

 

HOW IT’S USED

  1. In a vaporizer or diffuser
  2. In a cream blend
  3. In a bath
  4. In a massage oil blend

COMPLEMENTARY OILS

  • Aniseed
  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Benzoin
  • Bergamot
  • Carrot seed
  • Cinnamon
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Neroli
  • Pine
  • Rose
  • Rose geranium
  • Rosemary

 

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

In high concentrations, cedarwood oil may be irritating to the skin.

Pregnant women should avoid cedarwood oil.

DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY

MAY CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION

 

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Sources:

Image by Anke Sundermeier from Pixabay

Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press

ISBN #9780989558693

Information pulled March 25, 2019

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