Updated: May 20, 2019
Cedarwood essential oil is one of my all time favorite wood-y scents. Similar to Vetiver, Patchouli, and Sandalwood, it's known for being an incredibly grounding and tranquil oil. It's known as one of the most grounding essential oils due to its chemical constituent sesquiterpene alcohol cedrol.
doTERRA's Cedarwood is sourced responsibly from the Red Cedar Tree in the South Eastern United States. This resilient tree can grow up to 100 feet tall, and live up to 900 years! Cedarwood can survive extreme climates, and thrive in different soil types.
Historically, the cedar of Lebanon is thought to be one of the first essential oils extracted from nature. The ancient tribes believed God held the energy of the heavens on earth in the cedar, and that the wood was sacred, gifting those worthy with power, greatness, and immortality.
It's even mentioned multiple times in the bible. The Egyptians incorporated it into their embalming rituals while the Phoenicians and Assyrians used cedar to build fleets of ships.
Cedarwood has the ability to calm angry emotions, and it promotes a calming environment especially right before bed. It has a calming effect on the mind as well, which makes it a support for boosting confidence and vitality. When feeling unfocused or unsettled, or after a difficult day, using Cedarwood helps one to feel centered, calm and strong.
Spiritually it's the oil of Community, and helps us to feel connected. Cedarwood supports individuals in seeing that they are not alone, and that there is strength and value in community. It inspires the feeling of belonging and assists the heart in opening to receive the support of other people. It balances the need for strong individualism with a community.
Just like the ancient tree it comes from, Cedarwood essential oil instills feelings of stability, determination, and vitality.
Physically, Cedarwood traditionally is used as a natural insect repellent, similar to how the tree protects itself from insects. Placing a drop on a cotton ball in a closet will keep moths at bay. It has clarifying properties when used topically so using it as a skin support can help keep the skin looking healthy and clear.
Just like the tree, it imparts age old wisdom to those that work with it.
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For support of ADD, ADHD, and Low Gaba Levels symptoms, apply to back of neck, across forehead, and diffuse to regain focus and concentration
For psoriasis and eczema symptoms, apply a drop with Lavender to affected area
For cough and sinus issues, apply to chest and forehead and inhale from cupped hands
For urinary tract, bladder, and vaginal infections, apply to lower abdomen
For gum health, apply to gums
For acne, apply with a drop of Melaleuca to blemishes
When working, studying, or anytime focus is needed, diffuse or apply to back of neck
When feeling anxious, diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet by diluting with fractionated coconut oil
When feeling ungrounded, stressed, or angry, diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet
When feeling alone or antisocial, diffuse or apply topically by diluting with fractionated coconut oil and apply on arms, legs, or bottoms of feet.
Ways to use
Check out these recipes for Cedarwood here!
How to order
If you’re already a doTERRA customer you can add it to your Loyalty Rewards Order. Not a wholesale member yet? Order Cedarwood here. Be sure to enroll with an enrollment kit if you want to waive the annual $35 fee! Then add on single oils you'd like.
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* Methods of use: I'm only referring to use with doTERRA essential oils. Please use at your own risk with other brands.