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Cedarwood Oil: 10 Medicinal Benefits

Updated on December 19, 2011

10 Uses for Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwoodl oil comes from the wood chips and sawdust of the North America cedarwood tree. The pale yellow to light orange oil is extracted though a steam distillation method and has a soft, woody fragrance - like that of a freshly cut tree. As an essential oil, cedarwood oil has been used since ancient times and is used today for its many medicinal properties. The oil can be inhaled or used topically.

Note - Cedarwood (also spelled cedar wood) oil should not be used during pregnancy.

1 - Sedative Properties - As a sedative, cedarwood oil has relaxing and calming effects. Cedarwood oil soothes inflammation, cures itching skin and relieves tension and anxiety. For aromatherapy, the oil is used in a vaporizer, in a therapeutic bath, or through inhalation of the steam.

2 - Astringent Action - Used topically, the astringent properties of cedarwood oil is beneficial on the skin. It can be used to treat acne, control oily skin, and help heal nicks from shaving. Added to water as a hair rinse, cedarwood oil helps eliminate dandruff. Cedarwood oil also helps strengthen gums and cures toothaches.

3 - Anti-Seborrheic - Cedarwood oil helps normalize sebum production and treats the infection it causes. Seborrhea is a malfunctioning of the sebaceous glands causing abnormal sebum production - which results in an infection, most often occurring on the scalp, but also on the eyebrows. Cedarwood oil cures the inflammation and reduces peeling skin.

4 - An Expectorant - Congestion due to coughs or colds can be eliminated with the expectorant properties of cedarwood oil. The oil removes phelgm from the lungs and respiratory tract which will stop the coughing. It will provide headache relief and help eliminate other cold symptoms as well, such as watery eyes.

5 - Fungicide - The fungicidal properties of cedarwood oil will help cure fungal infections both internally and externally.

6 - Diuretic Benefits - Diurectic properties of cedarwood oil will increase the frequency of urination while flushing toxins out of the body. The oil acts as a medium for the removal of excess water, as well as toxins like uric acid (which can cause gout). By removing the accumulated toxins in the blood, cedarwood oil will help cure high blood pressure, arthritis, hypertension, urinary tract infections and obesity. 

8 - For Wounds - Cedarwood oil can be applied on wounds because it has antiseptic properties.

9 - Antispasmodic - Cedarwood oil has antispasmodic properties and can be used as a tonic to stimulate metabolism.

10 - Emenagogue - Cedarwood oil works as an emenagogue to bring about menstruation and make it regular.

Also - As an insect repellent, the oil is used in a vaporizer to drive away insects, such as mosquitoes and flies.

For more alternative treatments, see links below:

the cedar wood tree
the cedar wood tree

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    • GreenThumbLady profile image

      GreenThumbLady 6 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      This is really great information to have!!! I didn't know barely any of these! Thanks for hub. Will save for later!

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Wow, love your list of benefits--didn't know that cedarwood oil so versatile until now. Thanks for sharing.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image

      theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

      Wow, this is a lot of benefits from Cedarwood! Who knew??! Wow...thanks for the helpful information!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great information and I love the smell of it too!

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! I had no idea the versatility and benefits of cedarwood oil. This is an oil I will have to keep in my home. I love the benefits for the skin. I'll have to try this....thanks!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Looove the smell of cedarwood oil. Had no idea it was so versatile and useful. Best to use the oil to repel moths rather than the fake toxic camphor on the market which is scary.

      Thanks a million. Rated up!