Cedarwood Essential Oil

Calming, relaxing, woodsy (surprise!)

Cedarwood essential oil is DEEPLY calming and relaxing.

Its low, woodsy scent is perfect for warming a cold evening, either in a candle or a massage oil recipe. Especially nice in blends for men.

Cedar oil is excellent for stress, anxiety and tension. It has a steadying effect and is great for helping you collect your scattered thoughts.

It's also good for hair loss, dandruff and oily hair, as well as oily skin and acne.

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Botanical Name and Characteristics

Cedrus atlantica (Atlantic Cedar), Juniperus virginiana (Virginian Cedar)

Growing up to 130 feet tall, this evergreen tree has needle-like leaves. It can live as long as 2000 years if undisturbed.

Wood chips and sawdust are steam distilled to extract the essential oil.

Cedarwood essential oil has a soft, sweet, deep, woody scent.

Therapeutic Action

Calms nervous tension and anxiety

Promotes sleep

Relaxes tight muscles

Helps ease muscle and joint pain

Supports breathing when used as an inhalation

Helpful for meditation

Mildly astringent; good for acne and oily skin

Helpful for oily hair, dandruff and hair loss

May help reduce cellulite

Antiseptic, fungicidal

Repels moths and insects

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Cedarwood essential oil has a strong base note that blends well with bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, orange, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver and ylang-ylang.


Cedarwood oil is non-toxic. Do not use with high blood pressure or heart problems. Avoid during pregnancy. May irritate dry skin.

What Next?

Click on the links below to learn more about properties, safety and blending of some popular essential oils.

Or check out some woodsy, relaxing recipes using cedarwood essential oil...

Pain Relief Massage Oil

Relaxing Woodsy Diffuser Blend

Homemade Lotion

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage

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