What emotions come up for you when you think of the rich aroma of your grandmother’s cedar chest? Cedarwood is the aroma of heirlooms and memories. The wood itself is famous for resisting decay. It is used in decks, fence posts, and anything that needs to endure against all kinds of damp, rot, and severe weather. During the Great Depression, when he couldn’t find work, my father took his wagon into the hills and cut cedar posts to sell as fence posts to farmers and ranchers.
Cedarwood has been used in native American Indian ceremonies to enhance communion with the spirit and promote bravery against all odds.
Like all evergreen oils, cedarwood essential oil enhances feelings of security and protection. The aroma is used by aromatherapists to calm anger and relieve nervous tension. It quiets mind chatter, going over and over the same details and options ad nauseum. It promotes firm resolve and emotional stability, even against persistent opposition.
I recommend using cedarwood when you are going into strange or unfamiliar situations. It has been shown effective for those who suffer with ADHD.
I like to think of the essential oil of cedarwood as a powerful oil for breaking up phlegm and congestion not only in the physical body, but also congestion that may be cluttering our minds and emotions. Cedarwood is excellent for meditation and clarity of mind. It reduces tension and promotes restful sleep.
Dilute half and half with a vegetable mixing oil and apply it to the feet or to the body. It is also a wonderful aroma for diffusing. It fills the house with cherished heirloom memories.
Because it dissolves mucous, cedarwood is useful for chest infections, asthma, and coughs. It also sooths and heals the skin, especially the scalp. Cedarwood is often used for dandruff, hair loss, and psoriasis.
Cedarwood essential oil helps with lymphatic drainage and stimulates the breakdown of fat in the tissues. It is mildly diuretic, helping somewhat with cellulite and water retention. Being a decongestant, astringent, and anti-microbial oil, cedarwood is helpful in all respiratory and urinary tract infections.
Use it as an insect repellent around spices and foods. It is not only antiseptic and antifungal, but also an astringent. It not only stimulates the circulatory system but calms the nervous system at the same time-a rare and powerful combination.
Cedarwood essential oil is steam distilled from wildcrafted cedar bark.
CAUTION: Pregnant women should avoid using Cedarwood essential oil.
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