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Component of the Moment: Cedar Oil

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment
Lebanon Cedar: historical source of cedar oil

Lebanon Cedar: historical source of cedar oil

Obtained from the heartwood of cedars, Cedar Oil (aka Cedarwood Oil) is a good all-around worker that smells reminiscent of its potentially wallet-lightening cousin Sandalwood oil.

Many of cedar oil’s benefits reside in its sedating abilities. Cedar oil benefits the skin by relieving itching, and its  astringent action is great for many skin problems including acne, excessive oil, as well as for hair and dandruff. As an added bonus, cedar oil is also known to help with chest and urinary infections, act as a general tonic and has a pronounced effect on mucus membranes.

On the aromatic end, those familiar with cedar’s pencil-like smell will generally agree that cedar oil has a calming and soothing effect on the mind and is of great help in conditions associated with anxiety and nervous tension. It is also of value in cases of arthritis and rheumatism.

Rating for burners: Yes
Rating for baths/massage: Yes
Rating for creams/lotions: Yes
Safe for use during pregnancy: No
Other notes of note: High concentrations applied directly to skin may cause irritation.

For a more in-depth look at this oil, check out http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/cedarwood.htm.

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