Cedar Essential Oil
About Cedar Essential Oil
Symbol of strength, wisdom and abundance, this rich and warmly soft species of cedar is used traditionally in Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicines as an incense ingredient to aid in meditation. Himalayan cedar boasts a rare and powerful combination of qualities that are both stimulating to the body but calming to the mind. Himalayan cedar is widely known for its soothing qualities to sore bodies and breath. This woody, delicious oil is a true tree nectar.
Compared with some essential oils, cedarwood has a relatively simple chemical profile, though it has a high percentage of aromatic compounds. As a tonic and calmative to the mind and emotions, it is useful in assisting with the anxious tension created out of our modern non-stop lifestyle when diffused or used in direct palm inhalation. Renowned for its calming and grounding properties, especially during stressful transitions, it promotes emotional equilibrium.
Cedar trees can live to be 1000-2000 years old, and in this lifetime they have exchanged plenty of “breath”. Cedar is one of our favorite oils used to sooth the lungs during periods of stress and discomfort during the challenging winter months. When you or the children are in need of such relief, combine cedar in your diffuser with some eucalyptus and chamomile and lavender.
Cedar in its strength and longevity has long been used to give the heart courage, and enhance connection to the spirit, insight and good judgement. Cedar also has an affinity to the hair and skin, it helps to removed lodged toxins in both and is a good cleanser and stimulant to adding back luster.
Cedar Essential Oil Profile
Our Himalayan cedar is harvested from wild cedar growth in India.
How To Use Cedar Essential Oil
- In the Diffuser: This nectar of the trees can promote an alert and productive work environment or meditation space. Cedar is known for inspiring optimism and clarity. Add several drops to your diffuser along with lemon and lavender to create an aromatically pleasing and effective blend.
Other Ways To Use Cedar Essential Oil
Cedar oil can be applied topically (always diluted), as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or used with a diffuser.
- Hair Formula: Add several drops to ½ oz jojoba oil, massaging in to hair and scalp to relieve dry, itching scalp and nourish hair.
- Skin Smoother: Add two drops cedar oil to ½ oz witch hazel and apply with a cotton ball to reddened, upset teenage skin or anywhere you may have an old or stubborn skin impurity.
- In the Diffuser: Diffuse cedar oil to promote calm and a meditative state.
Cedar Essential Oil Recipes
- Soothing Comfort Massage Blend: 2 drops alpine fir oil, 2 drops cedar oil, 4 drops helichrysum oil, 4 drops German chamomile oil, 2 drops rosemary diluted in 30 mL (1 oz) jojoba or carrier oil. Massage topically as needed.
- Hair and Scalp Formula: 8 drops rosemary verbenone oil, 4 drops cedar oil, 4 drops lemongrass oil, 4 drops peppermint oil, 4 drops lavender oil in a 30 mL jojoba carrier oil. 10% argan oil will enhance this formula.
- Winter Lungs Diffuser: 2 drops cedar oil, 4 drops frankincense oil, 4 drops juniper berry oil, 2 drops Eucalyptus radiata. Diffuse, or use inhalation therapy, or mix several drops in 1 oz carrier oil and apply topically to chest.
- Botanical Name: Cedrus deodara
- Family: Pinaceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Cedar Essential Oil
- Origin: India
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-harvested
- Plant Part: Wood pulp
- Color: Yellow to amber
- Consistency: Mobile
- Yield: 4.5%
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Cedar Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Base
- Odor: Earthy, woody, slightly camphorous and warm and dry, radiant, balsamic
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to strong
- Dry-out: Sweet, woody
- Blends Well With: jasmine, juniper, lavender, rosemary, cypress, neroli, and citrus oils such as bergamot, lemon, and mandarin.
Safety Considerations for Cedar Essential Oil
Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy and with children under 6 years. Do not take cedar wood essential oil internally.
Interesting Cedar Essential Oil Information
Cedrus deodara is derived from the Sanskrit word "devdar", meaning "timber of the gods". Cedar trees were often mentioned in the Bible and symbolized fertility and abundance. Ancient Egyptians smeared cedarwood over papyrus as a preservative. They also used it in the mummification process and for cosmetics and perfumery. It has traditionally been employed in Native American ritual to enhance spiritual communication. It is said to quell anger.
- Cedrus deodara