Updated: Jan 9
The History of Cedarwood
Throughout the course of history, Cedarwood Essential Oil has been utilised by various cultures, such as Native American and Tibetan inhabitants, to address ailments varying from lesser discomforts, including coughs and hiccups, to more critical conditions. Back in Ancient Egyptian times, Cedarwood Oil’s antimicrobial and insecticidal characteristics made it essential for use in procedures such as mummifying. Cedarwood was also known to unwind the body and mind, making it fit for purpose in religious ceremonies and even spiritual practices, such as communal prayer and self-meditation. Today, it remains to be used for similar purposes as well as for cosmetic applications.
Cedarwood Essential Oil is steam extracted from the wood of the Cedar tree. There are several species of this tree, such as Cedrus Atlantica, Cedrus Deodara, Cupressus Funebris and Juniperus Virginiana, which are better known as Atlas, Himalayan, Chinese and Virginian Cedarwood.
Cedarwood in Numbers
Price The price of Cedarwood is hands down, amazing! A 10ml bottle will only cost you as little as £1.50, and you can even get a whole kilogram of the stuff for £26.95! I think this has to be the first ten I will be awarding and it is very much deserved. Everyone say a big well done to Cedarwood Himalayan!
Scent How would I describe Cedarwood's scent? A woody aroma, slightly camphoraceous and a tad smoky. Overall, it is very subtle with a hint of spice. In my humble opinion, the scent is gentle and refreshing, but it isn't setting my world alight.
Strength It certainly has a somewhat distinct scent that carries itself very well. As it's a base note, Cedarwood is used in many blends, as it acts as a strong foundation. When it comes down to strength, I tend to find Woody scents slightly pungent, but not overpowering.
Uses Cedarwood Essential Oil has many uses. It is an energising scent that helps to freshen indoor environments, while also helping to repel pesky insects. Not only this, but its anti-fungal properties help prevent the forming of mildew. Its invigorating characteristic is known to improve cerebral activity, while its sedative property is known to calm the body. The combination of these qualities helps to improve concentration while reducing hyperactivity. The comforting scent of Cedarwood Essential Oil is reputed to decrease harmful stress and ease tension, which in turn supports the body to rest, clear the mind, and subsequently stimulates the onset of quality rest that is both restorative and reparative.
When used on the skin, Cedarwood Essential Oil can help soothe the three I's, irritation, inflammation and itchiness, but also dryness that leads to peeling, cracking, or blistering. By managing sebum production, and killing acne-causing bacteria, Cedarwood Oil is reputed to guard the skin against environmental pollutants and toxins, thus aiding to prevent or reduce the chances of future breakouts. Its firming quality also helps reduce the appearance of the signs of ageing, such as wrinkling skin.
Cedarwood Oil is known to be work miracles for hair. It is known to cleanse the scalp, eliminating excess oil, dirt, and dandruff. It improves circulation to the scalp and contracts the follicles, which helps encourage healthy growth, resulting in the reduction of thinning, by slowing hair loss. To reduce hair loss, Cedarwood Essential Oil can be added to your regular shampoo and conditioner before being applied to your hair as usual in the bath or shower. As essential oils are very concentrated, you won't need more than a few drops. Alternatively, a few drops can be heavily diluted in a carrier oil, such as Jojoba, and massaged into the scalp between five to ten minutes. You can then leave it on the scalp for at least half an hour to work its magic before you have to wash it out.
Cedarwood Essential Oil’s antiseptic attributes are known to defend the body against dangerous bacteria that are known to produce fungal infections, which can be detrimental to the skin and overall health. This innate wound-healing quality makes Cedarwood Oil ideal for application to all cuts and scrapes. Its wonderful anti-inflammatory trait makes it ideally suited to addressing the discomforts of muscle aches, stiffness, and joints pain. While its antispasmodic characteristic helps to soothe coughs, spasms associated with digestion, respiratory ailments and nerves. If all that wasn't enough, Cedarwood Oil is also known to support the all-round health and function of the organs.
As you can see, there are plenty of uses for Cedarwood Himalayan that date way back to the Ancient Egyptians and based on that it certainly deserves a solid score.
Popularity Cedarwood Essential Oil is well known for its sweet and woody fragrance, which is characterised as warm and comforting and is therefore widely used to naturally promote stress relief. This and the rest of the uses I have already mentioned make Cedarwood very popular indeed. Slap on that irresistible price tag, and you're onto a winner. I'm not surprised everyone remembers the name.
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