Cedarwood

Juniperus virginia (Red)
Cedrus atlantica (White)

Cedar is a Semitic word meaning the power of spiritual strength and represents a symbol of constant faith. The aromatic essential oil of Cedarwood is extracted by steam distillation from the wood of the Cedarwood tree.   The trees usually grow in cold climates at high altitudes. The red Cedar is found in North America and the white Cedar can be found in Morocco.

There are well researched medicinal properties and benefits of this lovely woody, soothing oil.  It is very helpful in relieving spasms in the respiratory system, the digestive system, muscles and heart. Add two drops Cedarwood oil and 1 drop Lavender to 5ml Sweet Almond or Grapeseed oil and massage into the legs to help with restless leg syndrome. Two drops of Cedarwood and two drops of Frankincense in 5-10ml carrier oil, rubbed onto the chest and back, should help alleviate the excess phlegm of bronchitis, coughs and catarrh. A couple of drops in a diffuser will help with respiratory problems.

Cedarwood essential oil can be used as a general health tonic as it helps strengthen the nervous system, the digestive system, stomach, kidneys and liver. The oil is an emmenagogue which means it will help those with irregular menstrual cycles. For this reason it must be avoided as a massage treatment during pregnancy. It will also help relieve the pain, fatigue and mood swings associated with menstruation.

Due to its astringent and antiseptic properties, Cedarwood oil could certainly benefit skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis and psoriasis. It also helps protect the skin from toxins and bacteria.  This is one of the essential oils used in the Charlene Meyer Skin Repair which is a very popular facial moisturising cream.