We bet that you didn’t know cedar trees have some pretty amazing health properties. More specifically, cedarwood essential oil, which is extracted from the wood through steam distillation, has some amazing antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, insecticidal, and anti-fungal properties. These health properties can help to boost your metabolism, improve your digestive system, and can even help to promote hair growth.
Cedarwood essential oil is great to have in the house because you never know when you are going to need its health benefits. If you don’t have any, you may just have to run to the store and buy some after you read this article.
Inflamed joints and tissues are common symptoms of arthritis, but using cedarwood essential oil can help the discomfort of the condition. You can use it topically on the affected joint(s) or you can inhale the aroma by placing it into a diffuser. Adding about 10 drops to a warm bath can also help to lessen joint pain.
Because of the strong antiseptic properties, cedarwood essential oil can be applied to wounds to help protect you from tetanus bacteria. It is often used in herbal antiseptic creams, so you don’t have to worry about it not being safe to apply directly on the wound. It helps to relieve the white blood cells and immune system of stress so that they can focus on maintaining internal health.
The scent of cedarwood has been known to improve self-esteem and promote togetherness. It has even been known to change a person’s outlook on life. You can add it to a diffuser and place it in your room or a common area to spread its therapeutic aromas. You can also apply it to the inside of your wrists as a natural cologne/perfume. You’ll smell like the wilderness.
Remedies A Dry Scalp
If you have a dry or flaky scalp, it’s time to turn to cedarwood essential oil for help. Cedarwood helps to improve scalp circulation and stimulate hair growth in the process. To make a DIY remedy, mix two drops of cedarwood essential oil with a little bit of virgin coconut oil. Massage this mixture onto your scalp for five minutes. Let it work its magic for 30 minutes before washing out. Repeat once a day until you see a difference.
Using cedarwood essential oil can relieve a lot of spasms. It can provide relief to muscle, respiratory, intestinal, heart, and nerve spasms. You can even use it if you have restless leg syndrome. Massage the oil topically, once a day, on the area where the spasm is or inhale the aroma to provide relief
If you feel congested or are suffering from a cold, cedarwood essential oil can help to relieve the irritation. Because it is an expectorant, it works to remove phlegm from your airways and lungs, resulting in natural decongestion and cough relief. Pour 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil in a bath and soak in it for at least 30 minutes for best results.
Relieves Seborrhea Symptoms
Seborrhea is caused by a malfunction in the sebaceous glands and typically results in yellow, white, or scaly looking skin near the scalp, eyebrows, inner ear, or other areas with hair follicles. You can apply the oil to the affected areas or add the oil to the bath to soak in to help remedy the condition. It helps to regulate sebum production and treat seborrhea. It also helps to reduce redness.