Latin name Cedrus atlantica, Cedarwood is a beautiful oil with a warm, woody, resinous aroma, a lovely complement to this time of year. It is extracted from sawdust and stumps of the Cypress family of trees making it ecologically sustainable.
One of therapeutic benefits of Cedarwood essential oil is that it is anti seborrheic, preventing and relieving symptoms of seborrhea, a type of eczema that affects the scalp, causing dandruff in teens and adults, or cradle cap in babies.
Seborrhea is considered a form eczema caused by the skins reaction to too much yeast in the body particularly where there are a lot of oil-producing (sebaceous) glands such as on the upper back, nose and scalp. It can be triggered by medical conditions such as depression, eating disorders, stroke recovery as well as hormonal changes, or stress, cold or dry weather, or chemicals. With it’s anti inflammatory properties, Cedarwood can help calm and relieve these symptoms. Use in a shampoo, or an oil, blended with Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme and massage into your scalp.
It’s warm, camphoraceous note is also known to produce a relaxing, grounding effect, making Cedardwood good for anxiety, stress, and tension. Cedarwood can calm an agitated mind blending cheerfully with Bergamot, Lavender, Vetiver and Ylang ylang to uplift your mind and body.
It has expectorant properties too making it good for respiratory conditions such as infections and coughs, perfect in a burner for this time of year. A lovely combination would be a drop each of Cedarwood, Sweet orange and Frankincense to create harmony and balance in keeping with the onset of Autumn.
Consult a qualified aromatherapist when blending oils, do not use in pregnancy.