Essential oil of Cedarwood


By means of steam distillation the essential oil of cedarwood is extracted from the wood pieces of the cedarwood tree. The cedarwood tree has the scientific name Juniperus Virginiana also known as Cedrus doedara, Cedrus atlantica and Cedrus libani depending on the regions where they are found. However, the complicated names of the cedarwood essential oil do not affect the medicinal uses of the oil.

Therapeutic Uses

Malfunction of the sebaceous gland
Due to the disease seborrhoea
the sebaceous glands start to malfunction. This condition causes an increases sebum production and a subsequent infection of the epidermal cells. Cedarwood oil can be beneficial in curing this inflammatory situation and can reduce skin peeling regularizing sebum production and treating the infection.

Wounds
Cedarwood oil prevents wounds from becoming septic as well as protecting them from tetanus germs. It can safely be applied external on wounds as an antiseptic, and it is even used as an ingredient in herbal antiseptic creams. By defending the body against toxins, the cedarwood essential oil relieves the white blood cells and immune system from extra stress.

Arthritis
Early tests have shown that cedarwood oil anti-inflammation property is very effective on treating arthritis. The inflammation of the joints and tissues that result in debilitating pain or discomfort can be somewhat lessened by the inhalation or topical application of the oil on the skin.

Spasm
Relieving of spasms is another medicinal benefit of cedarwood oil. Nearly all types of spasms and other ailments related to it can be relieved using this oil. This includes spasms that affect the respiratory system, intestines, muscles, heart and nerves. People with asthma can also find relief from the soothing properties of cedarwood oil.

Tonic
Cedarwood oil can be used as a general health tonic, since it tones the organ systems and stimulates metabolism. It tightens and tones muscles, skin, nervous system, stomach, digestive system and brain functions.

It can also boost the functionality of the kidney and liver which results in an overall health and wellness improvement.

Astringent
Cedarwood oil as an astringent helps relief toothaches. It also helps tightens loose muscles and gives a feeling of firmness, fitness and youth. This property can also help relief diarrhea, by tightening the muscles of the digestive system and contracting those spasm-prone muscles. Cedarwood oil is also good for protecting the skin from toxins and bacteria. Astringent substances also cause skin proteins to form a protective shield on applied area.

Diuretic
As a diuretic it helps with obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, urinary tract infections and the accumulation of toxins in the blood. It increases the frequency of urination which serves as a medium for removal of fat, excess water and toxins like uric acid from the body. These toxins and extra water accumulated in the body are the main causes of the ailments mentioned above.

Insecticide
Cedarwood oil has been used as a mosquito and insect repellant. When used in vaporizers, it drives away mosquitoes, flies and other insects around the house. Sprinkle it at night on your pillow or sheets to drive away mosquitoes while you sleep.

Brain
Cedarwood oil has the highest concentration of the sesquiterpenes. The sesquiterpenes in cedarwood has the ability to pass through the blood-brain barrier and oxygenate the brain directly upon inhalation. Due to this it aids with insomnia and stimulates the brain cells.

Cautions and Contraindications
Cedarwood can be skin irritated if used in high concentrations if applied directly on the skin. Pregnant women should avoid using this oil. Cedarwood oil cannot be ingested in any quantity.