Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Bark
Country of Origin: USA
INCI Name: Juniperus Virginiana
Benefits: anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antifungal, tonic, astringent, diuretic, sedative and insecticidal properties
Cedar is probably one of my most favorite smells. I grew up in Central Oregon so the smell of cedar just reminds me of clean, fresh, high desert air. Cedarwood has recently come into its own for its bug repellant properties. We have always know that cedar chips are excellent pet bed material, and we line our flower beds with cedar chips to keep the bugs away, but cedarwood oil in a spray makes an excellent flea and tick deterrent for our pets, back yards and houses, plus it makes everything smell great.
In addition to repelling bugs, cedarwood essential oil should be incorporated into products to help:
• Combat eczema and psoriasis- Cedar can be added into a goat’s milk soap bar (made from our melt-and-pour base, of course), with some added organic sea buckthorn and organic tamanu oils. Maybe make a couple essential oil blends with cedar and sage, or cedar and frankincense.
• Promote hair growth- cedar helps to stimulate hair follicles and increase circulation to the scalp. Blend cedarwood and peppermint into an oil base of organic argan, organic castor and organic coconut to create a hair mask or hair oil treatment.
• Soothe dry skin- just like cedar will stimulate circulation to the scalp, cedar also helps to increase circulation to the body. Blend into our lotion or shower gel base, then add to a body butter made from our organic cocoa butter, coffee butter and sal butter to ease dry skin.
• As a natural deodorant- make this with our organic shea butter, organic mango butter, organic coconut oil, a little beeswax and organic castor oil and a blend of cedar and rosemary and peppermint or spearmint
• Acne skin is exacerbated by a lack of linolenic acid and bacteria left on the skin. Cedarwood would make an excellent addition to an organic extra virgin coconut oil based facial oil cleanser to help hydrate the skin at the same time as combating bacteria.
• Anxiety and focus issues- create a beautiful essential oil blend of cedar, vetiver and lavender to go into a diffuser.
As a bug repellant, there are many formulas but the easiest is just a 2-5% concentration of cedarwood into any kind of spray or wash. You can use our body wash base, add in some natural oils like organic argan or organic sunflower, and make a great smelling pet wash that will also help to repel bugs.
Do not apply directly to skin. Most essential oils are not designed to be applied directly, rather they are designed to be mixed with a carrier oil such as our organic sunflower or organic jojoba oils. Always perform a small patch test when applying to skin.
Do not take internally unless you are licensed to apply them as such.
This information is for reference only. These recommendations have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not mean to treat, cure or remedy any diseases.