Cedarwood Essential Oils

Egyptians and Greeks have used cedar oil since ancient times

The word Cedar in ancient times means “the power of spiritual strength” and it was the symbol of continued faith.

cedarwood, cedarwood essential oilsCedarwood Essential Oil comes from the Red Cedar (juniperus virginiana) in North America, in Morrocco the species is Cedrus atlantica.

Texas Cedarwood (Juniperus mexicana) comes from Mexico, Central America and the southwestern United States, and Altas Cedar that grows in North Africa.

This oil is extracted by steam distillation from the wood chips and has a rich, woody and masculine scent that is considered to be cleansing and emotionaly grounding, it is a scent that is calming and said to help promote spirituality.

Cedarwood has many uses and has been around for a long, long time…

Some cedarwood essential oil benefits would be:

  • The fungicidal properties in this oil help with fungal infections; it has insecticide properties and has been used as a mosquito and insect repellant for a long time.
  • It has been known to repel moths, fleas, tick and mosquitos and more.
  • As an antiseptic Cedarwood oil applied to wounds will protect them from germs.
  • This oil is also helpful in balancing oily skin and soothing itchy skin, it can be used to treat weeping eczema.
  • It is also beneficial in the treatment of acne and is often found in the ingredients list of acne products.
  • Cedarwood is a great hair tonic, it’s helpful in the treatment of dandruff, improves the health of your hair, relieves itchy scalp and is good for dry and greasy hair.
  • Regular use of cedar wood will help you stay balanced and keep a positive attitude.
  • Cedarwood Essential Oil has expectorant and mycolytic properties, with make if useful for treating bronchial congestion and infections.

Cedarwood has a long history of uses;

The first recorded record of cedarwoods use was by ancient Egyptians who soaked papaya leaves in cedar oil to mummify the dead.

Ancient Greeks also soaked papaya leaves in the cedarwood oil to keep mosquitos away and during the Bubonic Plague the Europeans burned cedar to fumigate the streets and homes affected by the plague.  

In the late 1700’s herbalist Nicholas Culpepper found cedar oil to be helpful in treating coughs, tuberculosis and shortness of breath.

Pioneers knew that cedar kept insect’s away and used cedar flakes on the floor of their homes.

It’s no wonder cedar chests have been used for years to store precious linens and other items, protecting them from pests.


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