There are many types of cedar trees, but all are coniferous, evergreen trees from the cypress family. Native to cold climates, cedarwood thrives in high altitudes, with the potential to grow nearly 100 feet tall. Juniperus virginiana, also known as red cedar, is a species of juniper that provides a very fragrant aroma—making it perfect for essential oil production.
Cedars were the trees mentioned most in the Bible, symbolizing a source of protection, wisdom and abundance. Although the "cedar" referred in the Bible ('erez, from Hebrew root meaning "to be firm"; kedros) was the true cedar, Cedrus libani, the name may have been applied in a loose way to allied trees, such as junipers and pines.
The use of Cedarwood oil, or Cedar oil, dates back centuries. Its warm, woody scent offers numerous benefits to the user. Dr. Mercola lists Cedarwood as one of his TOP FIVE essential oils! (The others are: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Lavender and Peppermint.) Why? Not only does Cedarwood oil produce a grounding aroma that promotes feelings of vitality and wellness, it also has many applications for everyday life. Whether you are using Cedar oil topically or aromatically to improve skin imperfections, to keep insects at bay, or to promote vitality during a workout, the uses and benefits of this oil are limitless.
Cedarwood Oil Uses and Benefits
Chemistry of Cedarwood Oil
Main Chemical Components: α-cedrene, cedrol, thujosene
Cedarwood falls under a group of chemicals known as sesquiterpenes. Essential oils that contain sesquiterpenes are commonly known for their ability to promote grounding and balance of emotions when used aromatically. Cedarwood oil includes the main sesquiterpene constituents cedrene, and thujopsene, which help improve the appearance of skin and promote grounding of emotions and emotional balance.
Oils that blend well with Cedarwood oil
As a warm, woody essential oil, Cedarwood produces an aroma that is reminiscent of the outdoors. Because of its warm properties, Cedarwood oil blends well with Cinnamon, Cassia, Clary Sage, Lavender, Rosemary, Cypress, Frankincense and Bergamot.
Cedarwood is the Oil of Community. Do you sometimes feel isolated or lonely? Do you seek to feel more bonded, closer to your community and have joy in your relationships? Difuse or inhale Cedarwood. Here's a little food for thought by the Dalai Lama:
Too much self-centered attitude brings isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
DIY Men's cologne:
10 drops cedarwood essential oil
6 drops bergamot essential oil
5 drops sandalwood essential oil
Add oils to 10 ml rollerball bottle and then fill bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Homemade Vapor Rub
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