Cedarwood essential oil is extracted via the steam distillation of wood chips of the cedarwood tree.
Cedarwood is often found in cold climes and high altitude regions.
The major constituents of cedarwood essential oil include; beta cedrene, thujopsene, alpha cedrene, cedrol which gives cedarwood oil its numerous medicinal properties.
Below are various health benefits of cedarwood essential oil;
1. Relief From Seborrhoea Symptoms
Malfunctioning of the sebaceous glands causes seborrhoeic eczema or seborrhoea. The epidermal cells become infected because of an increase in the production of sebum. As a result, the skin starts to peel off, especially from areas with hair follicles such as the scalp, inner ear, and eyebrows. Cedarwood oil helps to reduce inflammation and peeling of skin, normalize production of sebum, and relieves the infection. It also reduces redness and signs of seborrhoea.
2. Antiseptic Property
As cedarwood oil acts as an antiseptic, it is helpful in preventing infection and wounds would not become septic. It also provides protection against tetanus germs. It is safe to apply a blend of the oil to wounds externally and it is used as an ingredient in several herbal antiseptic creams.
3. Anti-Inflammatory Property
The oil has been tested on animals to understand its anti-inflammatory properties. Preliminary tests on humans have also shown positive results, especially in patients with arthritis. It was observed that topical application or inhalation of cedarwood oil lessens joint and tissue inflammation and relieves discomfort or debilitating pain. A bath made by mixing five to ten drops of this essential oil has been found to be very helpful in relieving arthritic pain.
4. Acne Treatment
Cedarwood oil’s anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to control the production of sebum makes it very effective in the treatment of acne. It prevents dust and microbes from entering the body through the pores of the skin. Thus, it prevents acne. Cedarwood oil also tightens the facial skin and makes the skin appear youthful. To get relief from acne, a drop of the essential oil can be added to your face wash or lotion. Alternatively, the oil can be used directly on the face.
5. Anti-Fungal Property
Cedarwood oil is an effective fungicide. It can be used to cure internal and external infections caused by fungus. Studies have also shown that inhalation of this oil provides protection against food poisoning as well as against various fungal pathogens.
6. Relief From Spasms
Cedarwood essential oil has been observed to provide relief from different types of spasms and associated conditions, including those affecting the respiratory system, muscles, heart, intestines, and nerves. Cedarwood oil’s soothing properties provide relief to those that find it difficult to sleep because of restless leg syndrome, asthma, respiratory seizures, and other such conditions.
7. General Health Tonic
As the oil is effective in toning the organs and stimulating metabolism, it is often recommended as a tonic for improving general health. In addition to tightening and toning the skin, stomach, and digestive system muscles, cedarwood oil also regulates the functions of the brain. Furthermore, it provides a boost to the functioning of the liver and kidney. Thus, it contributes to improving overall health and brings in a feeling of wellness.
8. Astringent Property
Cedarwood oil’s astringent property makes it helpful in curing toothaches and strengthening the gums as well as protecting them from falling off. It protects the skin from bacteria and toxins. When applied on skin, it coagulates the proteins in the skin to form a protective shield. When it is used in a skin care routine, it works as a natural toner and minimizes the appearance of pores.
9. Diuretic Property
Cedarwood oil is also a diuretic. It is, therefore, helpful in relieving conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, rheumatism, hypertension, arthritis, gout, and urinary tract infections by removing excess water, fat, and uric acid. It also prevents toxins from accumulating in the blood. Kindly note that you don’t have to ingest cedarwood oil to enjoy this benefit. Simply massage a blend of this oil on your kidney and bladder.
10. Stimulates Menstruation
Women suffering from irregular menstruation might benefit from the use of this oil as it acts as an emmenagogue, meaning it stimulates blood flow within the uterus and the pelvic area and regularizes the cycle. Additionally, cedarwood oil relieves pain and other side effects associated with menstruation such as nausea, mood swings, and fatigue, among others. This is because it improves the functioning of the glands and hormones that form the endocrine system.
11. Relief From Cough
People suffering from cold, cough, and congestion experience relief when they use cedarwood oil as it acts as an expectorant. It has also been found to be helpful in providing relief from headaches and watery red eyes. As it loosens and removes the phlegm, the respiratory tract remains protected.
12. Insect Repellent
The use of cedarwood oil in vaporizers helps to drive away flies, mosquitoes, and many other insects. Cedarwood oil has been known for its insect repellent property for a very long time. This is why many people sprinkle the oil on pillows and sheets at night to drive mosquitoes and other bugs.
13. Sedative Property
Cedarwood oil provides a calming and soothing effect and is, therefore, used as a sedative. This property of the oil promotes sleep and hence relieves insomnia problems. When used in aromatherapy, it induces the production of serotonin, which gets converted to melatonin and improves sleep. As such, aromatherapy, using cedarwood oil, is highly recommended for those suffering from chronic anxiety, depression, and stress.
14. Reduces Hair Loss
The essential oil from cedarwood has the ability to improve blood circulation in the scalp and stimulate hair follicles, contributing to hair growth and slowing down of hair loss. Cedarwood essential oil has been recommended by herbalists and aromatherapists for a long time to treat hair thinning, hair loss, and different forms of baldness. Studies show that application of cedarwood oil along with essential oils from thyme, lavender, and rosemary on the scalp for about seven months stimulates hair growth by as much as 44 percent.
15. Relief From Scalp Dryness
The essential oil obtained from cedarwood effectively reduces dryness or flakiness of scalp. This is because the oil improves blood circulation and reduces the formation and accumulation of flakes because of its anti-fungal and moisturizing properties. The best way to use it is by mixing two drops of this essential oil with coconut oil.
16. Deodorizing Property
The woody scent of cedarwood essential oil makes it a perfect deodorizer. It can be blended with oils or perfumes and it contributes to improving a person’s self-esteem. Adding the oil to a body spray also provides therapeutic effects as well.
17. Improves ADHD
The results of a study carried out by Dennis Eggett of Bringham Young University and Dr. Terry Friedmann showed that the use of cedarwood oil by children with ADHD was helpful in improving their focus and capacity to learn. As part of the study, children were asked to hold different essential oils in bottles and take three deep inhalations thrice a day for as long as 30 days. The children were subjected to EEG and T.O.V.A. tests prior to and at the and of the study. The results showed that children with ADHD that inhaled cedarwood oil experienced improvement in focus.
18. Prevention Of Dental Caries
Chemical constituents of cedarwood oil such as a-cedrene, b-cedrene, sesquiterpenes, and cedrol have antimicrobial property. They effectively kill Streptococcus mutans bacteria that break down the tooth enamel and cause painful dental caries. Cedarwood oil also controls or inhibits the action of microbes that cause other oral infections. A mouthwash made by mixing a few drops of this essential oil into water has been found to be very effective. However, the solution should not be swallowed.
Note: It is advisable to blend cedarwood oil with other oils as a high concentration of it could irritate the skin. Furthermore, cedarwood oil should not be ingested in any quantity.
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