When it comes to fighting diseases and many health issues, more and more people are looking to natural home remedies. A lot of people are turning to homemade remedies like essential oil infused body lotions, shampoos, and soaps to get rid of minor injuries and skin related issues.
Essential oils are a powerful tool with numerous therapeutic uses. There are many essential oils that are used for healing issues like muscle pains, joint pains, acne, hair loss, etc. Essential oils have numerous and varied healing properties, so you need to make sure you are using the right oil for the job.
Cedarwood oil is one amongst those extremely beneficial oils that has been tried and tested to aid with several health issues. Cedarwood essential oil can be found in many products you may have around your home.
“Cedarwood oil” originates from many different species of cedarwood and can be found in wide range of types in the market. Not all “cedarwood” has the same benefits and properties since they come from different trees and have different compositions. Here are some of the popular types of cedarwood oil and their properties and uses:
Otherwise called Cedrus Atlantica, this cedar wood oil is often used to help with skin and respiratory problems ranging from acne, joint inflammation, bronchitis, dandruff, cough, and even stress. The warming and skin conditioning properties are exceptionally strong. It is especially good for hair loss treatment as it is the one that has been most extensively tested for that.
Atlas cedarwood is more likely to be used in perfume and cologne’s and some consider it an aphrodisiac due to its enticing aroma. Atlas cedarwood has a warm, dry, and woody scent with a fragrance that is sweeter than other cedarwood oils. It should not be used during pregnancy.
Also called as Cupressus Funebris, it is a light yellow thin fluid. This type of cedar wood is utilized for treating muscle aches and pain, wart removal, and various skin conditions. It is also found in beauty and health care products and as a natural fragrance, because of its mild nature and anti-inflammatory properties.
Otherwise known as Cedrus Deodora, it is very thin and usually colorless. Due to its properties, it is mostly utilized as a stimulant, an aphrodisiac love potions and even as an antiseptic. Since it has stimulating properties and possible hormonal interactions, pregnant women should avoid Himalayan cedarwood oil.
Otherwise called Juniperus Ashei, this oil type also very thin and colorless in nature. It is utilized for circulatory issues, sinusitis, and oily hair and skin issues. Texas cedarwood has an exceptionally strong sweet fragrance that is very like Virginian. Texas and Virginia cedarwood are closely related as both are from the “Juniper” family — where the others are from the “cedar” family.
Also called Juniperus Virginiana, this variant of oil is commonly used to tackle nervousness, stress, and anxiety. It can also be utilized as an expectorant and even as an antiseptic. But, its most commonly used as a powerful acne fighter. Virginia cedarwood is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent which can be used for other inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
All the types of cedarwood oils can be useful in treating various conditions. While the properties may differ, the way to use them is very similar. Always test with a small amount of oil, before using to make sure you are not sensitive to the oil.
Here are a few ways you can apply cedarwood oil:
- Diffuse it in a diffuser. Make sure to dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil, which are best for this.
- If you do not have a diffuser you can fill a sink with warm/hot water and add a few drops of oil. Put a towel over your head and the sink and inhale the oil. Make sure to add the oil after you have filled up the sink. If you add the oils first, the hot steam could evaporate the oil before you can use it.
- For skin conditions apply (diluted) directly onto your skin. Always test on a small area first to make sure you do not have a reaction. Dilute to 2-5%, which is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and 2-5 drops of essential oil.
- Rub a few drops of diluted cedarwood oil into your heels before bed.
While essential oils are natural and generally safe, they still must be used with care. If you are taking medications, talk to your doctor. Essential oils have powerful anti-microbial properties, which can interfere with medicines. Be sure to note all possible interactions and precautions. With Cedarwood oil in particular it should be avoided during pregnancy.