Cedarwood essential oil is sweet & woody, and has sedative properties.
There are a few different types of Cedarwood oil that you can buy which derive from trees in the Cupressaceae family, however Cedarwood Virginian is used most extensively in aromatherapy, along with the Cedarwood Atlas variety which is produced in Morocco (in a lot smaller scales than the Virginian). Many of the other types are valued for their usage in the fragrance industry.
Cedarwood is a great oil for the ecologically minded as it is often sourced from the remnants of unused parts of the trees that are leftover from use in industry.
The oil has a slightly sweet, woody aroma, that may conjure up thoughts of a walk through woodlands after rainfall. The oils consistency is thick so it won’t instantly drop out of the bottle like some of the thinner oils, be patient and it will come out!
Where have I smelt Cedarwood before?
Light Blue perfume range
Cedar gives perfume a woody, spicy note. The Light Blue range of perfumes and colognes by Dolce and Gabbana was launched in 2001 and uses the Cedar fragrance in the original Light Blue scent and Light Blue Sunset in Salina for women. In 2007 a men’s range was released and Cedar was used in the limited edition Light Blue Discover Volcano for men.
The wood from the Cedar tree is the perfect material for making pencils as it is the right consistency so that it can be sharpened without making splinters.
Cast your mind back to that delicate woody aroma that came from your pencil while drawing and colouring, (or maybe nibbling on the end of one) while at school. If you can recall the scent there is a good chance that what you remember is the smell of the wood from the Cedar tree.
How to use Cedarwood essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil for hair
Increase circulation to your scalp and stimulate hair growth with Cedarwood oil to improve the condition of your hair and encourage new hair growth.
Mix with a base oil such as Argan oil and massage for at least 5 minutes as often as possible to see the results. The longer you massage your scalp in this way and the more regularly you can do this will decrease the length of time you will need to see the improvements.
See below for an EO recipe to kick start your journey to great hair health.
Cedarwood Essential oil recipes
Cedarwood diffuser blends
To create a naturally fresh aroma in your home diffuse 4 drops of Cedarwood, 5 drops of Lavender, 4 drops of Ylang Ylang and 2 drops of Bergamot.
Cedarwood sleeping blend
Trouble sleeping? Blend equal amounts of Cedarwood and Lavender essential oils and diffuse in your bedroom for at least 1 hour before sleep to reap the sedative qualities of these oils.
Make sure your room is tidy, the bed is made up and you limit screen time as this all helps in making the relaxing environment you need to get the best out of a good night's sleep.
Remember to blow out the candle if your diffuser uses one, before drifting off into a peaceful rest.
Cedarwood hair oil blend
Use a carrier oil of choice, we recommend Jojoba or Argan oil and add 2 drops of Cedarwood, 2 drops of Lavender oil and 1 drop of Rosemary to 10mls of your carrier oil.
If you want to make a larger batch increase the volumes in equal measures.
Massage into cleanly washed hair. Depending on your hair type this can substitute as a conditioner and your hair will feel soft and smooth when you rinse the oil out.
If you have very fine hair you may need to shampoo again after your hair treatment. Use regularly to experience the benefits, your hair will look great and you will smell amazing.
Cedarwood essential oil blends well with:
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang
Cedarwood essential oil safety
It is important not to put Cedarwood essential oil directly onto the skin, always dilute it with a carrier oil first as it can cause skin irritation.
Cedarwood oil should be kept out of reach children and avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding unless you have authorisation for use from a medical practitioner.
The oil is for external use only and should not be ingested.