Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy, slightly spicy scent, very much like the inside of a cedar closet. Cedarwood essential oil often has an earthy, funky note, although this is true for some varieties more than others.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood oil is distilled from the wood and bark of cedar trees.
Variations of Cedarwood Oil
True cedarwood oil comes from either the Atlas Cedar or the Himalayan Cedar. Oils from these two species are the safest to use and have the richest aroma.
Other essential oils commonly sold as cedar are Virginia cedar, Texas cedar, or white cedar. However, these oils are not from true cedar trees. Rather they are from juniper, or Thuja, and can be irritating and possibly toxic to the skin.
To experience the full benefits of cedarwood oil, purchasing Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica) or Himalayan Cedar (Cedrus deodora) essential oil is recommended.
Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood is antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal, making it useful as an ingredient in skincare treatments for a variety of skin troubles.
Cedarwood calms mental and emotional excitement and encourages relaxation, flexibility, and perspective.
Therapeutic Properties of Cedarwood Essential Oil
Precautions When Using Cedarwood Essential Oil
Observe the standard safety guidelines when using Cedarwood essential oil.
Avoid using during pregnancy.
Buying Cedarwood Essential Oil
Typically, Cedarwood essential oil sells for around $13 per ounce.
Recommended Sources for Cedarwood Essential Oil
The following are reputable sources for Cedarwood essential oils and extracts.
Himalayan Cedar at Eden Botanicals
Himalayan Cedar at Plant Therapy
Organic Atlas Cedar at Eden Botanicals
Atlas Cedarwood at Rocky Mountain Oils
Cedarwood Atlantica (Atlas Cedar) and Organic Cedarwood Atlantica at Plant Therapy
Essential Oils Similar to Cedarwood
Cedarwood Blends Well With...
Any of the similar essential oils, plus
Essential Oil Safety
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice
Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit
Aromatherapy and the Mind
The Aromatherapy Workbook