One of the more masculine of essential oils, Cedarwood is popularly used in toiletries for men. It is great for relaxing the nerves and tonifying the kidney, hence beneficial for fluid retention and lower backache.
The Cedarwood is a large evergreen conifer that grows to a height of up to 50 meters. It has needle like leaves and brown cones.
Cedarwood's anti-septic, deodorising and insect-repellent properties make it a very useful oil for burning or diffusing.
Try blending with any of the citrus oils.
For a light, aftershave facial oil add 1 drop of Cedarwood, 2 drops of Patchouli and 2 drops of Bergamot to 15ml of Jojoba oil.
To help improve the condition of the scalp and encourage healthy hair, add 3 drops each of Cedarwood and Rosemary to 10ml of Coconut oil (or 5ml Coconut and 5ml Wheatgerm for very dry hair) and massage thoroughly into the scalp. Leave for as long as possible before shampooing out.
Country of Origin: Morocco.
Plant Family: Abietaceae (Pinaceae)
Method of Extraction: Distilled from the sawdust or chopped waste wood.
Main Theraputic Properties: Antirheumatic, Calmative, Antiparasitic, Anticatarrhal, Lymphatic decongestant, Antiseptic, Astringent.
Contraindications: Non toxic and non irritant in prescribed doses.
Did you know: The name Cedrus originates from the Arabic word Kedron which means 'Power.'
Oil Appearance: Yellow-orange.
Chakra: Base (Root).
Chinese Element: Water