Cedarwood Essential Oil Benefits And Uses Explained
High blood pressure and obesity are some of the most common ailments in our society these days. However, in our modern fast-paced and generally superficial lifestyle, we tend to overlook some of the more obvious causes for such ailments. Stress is the number one cause of a wide variety of health issues that affect us all. Essential oils have been a part of medicine and healing for a long time. In particular, Cedarwood Essential Oil is a calming essential oil that has formed the basis of many early and even modern medicinal practices. It’s a wonderful natural product and is widely considered a cure-all treatment for a variety of health ailments from hair loss and sleeplessness, to even canine flea infestations.
Though there are many chemical treatments for these things on the market, they often come with unpleasant side effects and can cause addiction. While you may become “addicted” to essential oils because they are so useful and effective, they do not actually cause addiction, so they are much safer both in short and especially long term.
What Is Cedarwood Essential Oil?
Ironically, most Cedarwood Essential Oil is not derived from true Cedar trees. Rather it comes from a variety of Juniper and Cypress trees. Originally, the majority of Cedarwood Essential Oil was produced directly from the Lebanese Cedar tree. However, over time, their number diminished significantly and production had to stop as the tree’s numbers began dwindling. One of the more commonly utilized true Cedarwood trees for oil production these days is the Cedrus atlantica which is native to Northern parts of Africa.
The oil is distilled from the foliage of the tree as well as the root, parts of the wood and even the bark. The most common mode of distillation is steam distillation. This produces the cleanest and purest natural extract. This method allows the phytochemicals and nutrients to remain intact and results in a high-grade oil.
Before using any essential oil, it is imperative that you find out how it was distilled, as certain distillation processes are not suitable for use on the surface of your skin and may contain leftover traces of chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream and cause other, internal issues.
Cedarwood Essential Oil For Hair Growth
Cedarwood Essential Oil can do a lot to benefit your scalp and hair health. It is a favorite of aromatherapists for its ability to help strengthen hair and revitalize hair growth. This works for both men and women and can be used in a variety of ways. You can dilute it with a carrier oil or mix it with your shampoo or conditioner.
Male pattern baldness is generally caused by the buildup of excess testosterone underneath the surface of the scalp. Over time, the testosterone converts into a chemical known as 5 alpha-reductase. This chemical blocks the pores of your scalp, starving your hair of essential nutrients it needs to grow and stay healthy. The high amount of sesquiterpenes contained Cedarwood extract helps to reduce the buildup of the 5 alpha-reductase, thus stimulating hair growth and allowing for a full and healthy head of hair. The oil also helps to moisturize your scalp, which means that it can reduce the effects of dandruff.
For maximum effect, I recommend heating 6-8 drops of the oil in a carrier oil such as olive, canola or castor and then allowing it to cool (so that it’s warm, but not hot). Rub the oil mixture into your scalp and wrap your head with a towel or plastic sandwich wrap and allow the oil to sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Then just rinse the oil from your hair and condition as usual. Do this twice a week, and you should start noticing the effects after just one or two weeks.
Cedarwood Essential Oil For Sleep
Cedarwood Essential Oil is a popular sedative which aromatherapists have used for many years to help treat patients who suffer from insomnia. It’s also a fantastic alternative to the very real dangers that pharmaceutical sedatives can cause addiction and is perfect for helping to wean people off them.
The natural chemical compounds of Cedarwood essential oil stimulate the release of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin converts to melatonin – a chemical that causes fatigue and a sense of calm throughout our bodies and helps us get to sleep.
There are a variety of ways you can use the oil to treat insomnia such as rubbing the oil on your neck and chest, dabbing drops of the oil onto your pillow, simply inhaling the oil from the container or using the steaming method:
Add 8-10 drops of the oil to a bowl of boiled water and cover the bowl with a towel. Then, place your head under the towel and close your eyes, breathe in the steam for about 5 – 10 minutes. You should feel a lot calmer after doing this, but if you feel like you need a bit more, you can repeat the process or follow through with some of the other methods after the steam treatment.
Cedarwood Essential Oil For Fleas And DIY Flea Remedy
Fleas are no doubt one of the peskiest and annoying infestations anyone can encounter at home. They’re hard to get rid of and can cause disease – not mention the endless itching and scratching! There are many flea treatments available on the market, but almost all of them are based on harmful chemical pesticides and can make you and your pet seriously ill if used incorrectly. So why take the risk? Here’s a solution for getting rid of those pesky fleas once and for all. It’s cheap, all natural and totally safe to use on your pets.
- 2 teaspoons of Cedarwood essential oil
- 10 tablespoons of distilled water
- 10 drops of Lemongrass, Lemon, Orange, Tea Tree or Eucalyptus oil
- 1 plastic spray bottle
To make the mixture, simply pour the water into the spray bottle, then add the essential oils and shake well.
First, you must comb the dog’s hair (against the grain) in order to reveal the skin. Do this in the bath as you don’t want the fleas all around your house. Keep spraying the mist onto your pet’s hair and skin and brush repeatedly with a fine comb brush. This helps to capture those pesky fleas. You can also apply some oil to your hands and gently rub it behind your dog’s ears and face. If you do this, you must make sure you avoid the eyes! Repeat this a few times until you have relieved the worst of the infection.
Cedarwood Essential Oil For Use In Microscopy
Although not a widely popular use for the oil, Cedarwood Essential Oil is particularly useful in the process of oil immersion. This relates to the use of microscopes for scientific study and research. You can apply the oil to both the specimen and lens to help increase the refractive qualities of the lens. This makes studying the specimen a lot easier.
Cedarwood Essential Oil vs. Lavender Essential Oil
Cedarwood and lavender essential oil actually have very similar properties, and the two work together well. They are both strong natural antiseptics and have strong antimicrobial qualities. You can use them both topically to treat a variety of skin irritations.
Both oils are natural astringents which means they help lift and tighten skin cells. This helps slow the signs of aging and prevent wrinkles. They are also natural insecticides and work well together in an oil burner or a diffuser. The oils really compliment each other, so I’d suggest using them together for maximum effect.
Essential oils are rapidly becoming a healthy alternative for thousands of people who have realized that the long-term costs of chemical treatments are just not worth it both in terms of price and long-term health effects. So spare yourself the trouble and make the switch to a more holistic approach. Cedarwood Essential Oil may be able to save you (and your dog) the time, money and trouble that you’d be wasting on a pharmaceutical prescription.