Cedar oil is also known as Cedarwood Oil and is an essential oil distilled mostly from the foliage of the Ceder tree. Some of the oil is distilled, pressed or chemically extracted in small quantities from the roots and actual wood. The wood extraction is done by steam distillation extracted from wood chips and sawdust. There are various types of conifer, but most are in the pine or cypress botanical family. The Cedar tree is a plant native to cold climates and is normally found at high altitudes like mountains. Cedarwood oil’s aroma is woody and the strength may vary pending the drying out process. The color is often yellowish or even slightly darker at times.
In ancients time the Sumerians and Egyptians in particular derived the Cedarwood Oil from the Cedar of Lebanon, which is a true cedar native to the Middle East in the northern and western mountains. The Egyptians used the Cedarwood in their embalming practices. The ancient Sumerians would use Cedarwood Oil as a base for paints. They would rind cobalt compounds in a mortar and pestle producing a blue pigment. This would help them obtain green from copper, yellow from lead antimonite, black from charcoal, and white from gypsum.
Cedarwood Oils contain a group of chemically related compounds, which include cedrol and cedrene, and while they contribute to the odor, they are also valuable for the conversion of other derivatives with fragrance applications.
Using Cedarwood Essential Oil in aromatherapy is thought to transmit messages to the brain region that controls emotions and nervous system. Aromatherapy uses also proponents that essential oils affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.
Cedarwood Oil tones the organ systems and stimulates metabolism and can be used as a general health tonic. Using the oil as a tonic you will tighten and tone muscles, skin, nervous system, stomach, digestive system and brain functions. The oil will also boost the functionality of the kidney and liver, which improves health and wellness.
As an astringent, Cedarwood Essential Oil will cure toothaches, while strengthening and protecting gums. Being an astringent, this oil can also be used to cure diarrhea, by tightening the muscles of the digestive system and contracting those spasm-prone muscles. Cedarwood Oil can also protect the skin from toxins and bacteria. Astringent substances causes skin proteins to coagulate, so this makes a great oil for yourskin for protection.
Cedarwood Essential Oil Benefits:
Cedarwood Essential Oil blends well with other oils such as lemon, anise, bergamot, citronella, chamomile, eucalyptus, ginger, juniper berry, lavender, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rosemary, and sandalwood.
Cedarwood essential oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.
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