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Cedarwood Essential Oil: How to Use It and Benefits

What is Cedarwood Essential Oil made of?

Cedarwood Essential Oil is distilled from the wood pieces of the Cedar tree, particularly from the species Juniperus virginiana. The Cedar tree is native to cold climates and high altitude regions, predominantly found in the western Himalayas and the Mediterranean.

The advantageous properties of Cedarwood Essential Oil can be attributed to its main compounds including cedrol and cedrene, which give the oil its distinctive woody aroma, as well as its various health benefits.

  • Latin Name: Juniperus virginiana
  • Main Country of Origin: USA
  • Scent Note Type: Base note with a warm, woody, sweet, and slightly balsamic aroma
  • Most Popular Usage: Aromatherapy and Perfumery


What are the benefits of using Cedarwood Essential oil?

Cedarwood Essential Oil comes with a range of potential benefits:

  • Stress Relief: The soothing aroma can help reduce feelings of stress and tension.
  • Skin Health: Cedarwood oil may improve the appearance of oily skin and help with dermatitis.
  • Hair Growth: It is often used in hair care formulas to stimulate hair growth.
  • Insect Repellent: Its strong scent can repel mosquitoes and other insects.


How to use Cedarwood Essential Oil?

  • Aromatherapy: Use a few drops in a diffuser to create a relaxing and calming environment.
  • Topical Treatment: Blend it with a carrier oil and apply it to the skin for its beneficial skin properties.
  • Hair Care: Mix a few drops with your shampoo or conditioner to stimulate hair growth.



How to combine Cedarwood Essential Oil with Carrier Oils

Cedarwood Essential Oil works well with carrier oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. Combine 2-3 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil with a tablespoon of your chosen carrier oil for a topical application.

To make a comforting diffuser blend, add 4-5 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil to the recommended amount of water in your diffuser.



Research based on Cedarwood Essential Oil

"The Effect of Aromatherapy on Insomnia and Other Common Symptoms Among Patients With Acute Leukemia" (2017, The study suggests that inhaling cedarwood essential oil can improve sleep quality.

"Essential Oils and Their Constituents as Skin Penetration Enhancer for Transdermal Drug Delivery: A Review" (2015, This research examines the ability of cedarwood oil to enhance skin permeability, thus improving the efficacy of topical treatments.


"Repellency of Oils of Lemon Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Lavender and the Mosquito Repellent MyggA Natural to Ixodes ricinus (Acari: Ixodidae) in the Laboratory and Field" (2006, This paper reports on the insect repellent properties of several essential oils, including cedarwood oil.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Cedarwood Essential Oil safe for all skin types?

A: Generally, yes. However, like all essential oils, it should be diluted with a carrier oil before application. A patch test is recommended for individuals with sensitive skin.


Q: Can I ingest Cedarwood Essential Oil?

A: No, Avivni's Cedarwood Essential Oil is intended for aromatic and topical use only.


Q: Is Cedarwood Essential Oil safe for pets?

A: Essential oils should be used with caution around pets. Some may be sensitive or allergic to certain oils. Always consult a vet before introducing a new essential oil into your pet's environment.


Q: Can Cedarwood Essential Oil be used during pregnancy?

A: Pregnant or nursing women should always consult with a healthcare provider before using any essential oils.


Q: Does Cedarwood Essential Oil have a shelf life?

A: Yes, it's best to use it within 2-3 years of opening for optimal quality.


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