Cedar oil, also known as cedarwood oil, comes from three different cedar trees, all of which produce essential oils that have similar uses and benefits. These three trees are the Atlas cedarwood, the Virginian cedarwood and the Texas cedarwood. Each of these cedar oils is used in the practice of aromatherapy and is believed to have an array of skin care and medicinal benefits. Consult a physician or healthcare provider before ingesting an essential oil.
According to “The Aromatherapy Bible” by Gill Farrer-Halls, Atlas cedarwood and Virginian cedarwood have many of the same emotional effects. Atlas cedarwood is believed to yield a more quality cedar oil that is safer to use. Both have a masculine scent and are believed to be useful in easing fear and nervousness, reducing tension and stress. Atlas cedarwood is thought to aid in boosting courage and bringing forth inner strength. According to “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils” by Julia Lawless, the cedar oil that comes from the Texas cedarwood may also be used to ease stress, anxiety and nervousness.
Beauty and Skin Benefits
Cedar oils are believed to have many skin care and beauty benefits. According to “A Complete Guide to Understanding and Using Aromatherapy for Vibrant Health and Beauty” by Roberta Wilson, cedar oil taken from all three types of cedarwood tree has an array of skin benefits. Cedar oil is thought to aid in clearing acne and rashes. It is also believed to have a balancing effect on both dry and oily skin and hair. It is thought to regulate the secretion of sebum, which is responsible for the cause of acne when it is secreted in excess. Cedar oil is sometimes used in men’s hair products and is believed by some to be effective in stimulating hair growth and reducing hair loss. Shampoos containing cedar oil are also believed to control dandruff.
Health and Medicinal Benefits
Some holistic and natural health practitioners believe that cedar oil has medicinal benefits. According to “A Complete Guide to Understanding and Using Aromatherapy for Vibrant Health and Beauty,” these medicinal benefits can be observed in cedar oil taken from all three species of cedarwood tree. One of the most commonly believed medicinal benefits involves the respiratory system. Cedar oil is thought to ease the discomfort caused by cold and flu, such as cough and congestion. It is also used to ease the congestion that accompanies sinusitis and bronchitis. Cedar oil is sometimes used to sooth pain and swelling caused by arthritis and to aid with prostrate issues and urinary tract infection.
- "The Aromatherapy Bible"; Gill Farrer-Halls; 2005
- "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils"; Julia Lawless; 1999
- "A Complete Guide to Understanding and Using Aromatherapy for Vibrant Health and Beauty"; Roberta Wilson; 1995