Cedarwood is one of today’s essential oils that has been used in various forms for centuries. Egyptians used it for cosmetics, to repel insects as well as in burial and mummification processes. Greeks and Romans enjoyed the soothing fragrance in incense and perfumes. During those times the preferred wood came from the area of Lebanon. Those sources are now greatly diminished and present Cedarwood essential oil comes from Morocco (northern Africa) with a related oil, Juniperus virginiana, coming from North America.
(...)® Cedarwood comes from North America. The oil is steam distilled from the heartwood of the tree and is a base oil high in cedrol. Like the other base note oils Cedarwood has calming and relaxing properties. Cedrol also enhances fibroblast growth in the skin so it is very good for skin issues. This oil can be used aromatically and topically but is not recommended for internal use.
The early writers that discuss essential oils suggest Cedarwood for respiratory conditions, skin difficulties as well as kidney and urinary tract difficulty. One author mentions that this oil is best used for chronic conditions over a period of time rather than looking for immediate relief of symptoms. Almost all mention its calming and sedative properties helpful through inhalation in times of anxiety and stress. Some contemporary research indicates Cedarwood may be helpful with alopecia.
High concentrations can irritate the skin (Tisserand). Use with caution during pregnancy, small amounts or dilution (Higley).
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