Could cedarwood oil be the single answer to all of your health problems?

The antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, and antispasmodic properties of cedarwood oil make it one of the best natural essential oils for good health.

Do you know that the oil of cedarwood is effective in treating various health distresses? The countless health benefits of cedarwood oil are attributed to its various therapeutic properties including antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, antispasmodic, antiseborrheic, tonic, expectorant, emmenagogue, insecticidal, sedative and fungicidal.


Extraction Method

The yellow to orange-brown coloured cedarwood oil is derived through steam distillation extraction process from the wood pieces of cedarwood tree, which is scientifically known as Juniperus Virginiana (also called Cedrus Libani, Cedrus Atlantica and Cedrus Doedara, depending on the regions where they are found). The plant of cedarwood is native to the cold climates and is generally found at higher altitudes. The essential oil of cedarwood contains chief components including Thujopsene, Widdrol, Cedrol, Alpha Cedrene, Beta Cedrene and a group of Sesquiterpenes which contribute a great role to its powerful medicinal value and innumerable health benefits.

Therapeutic properties of cedarwood oil

Antiseptic: The essential oil of cedarwood prevents cuts and wounds from becoming septic as well as protects them from tetanus germs. Being a power antiseptic, it can be applied externally on cuts and wounds. It is also a key ingredient in the formulation of herbal antiseptic creams. By protecting the body from harmful toxins, the oil of cedarwood relieves WBC (white blood cells) and the immune system ofthe extra stress, which allows them to guard the internal functions better.

Antispasmodic: Relieving spasms or contraction is another great medicinal property of cedarwood essential oil. It is helpful in treating all sorts of spasms and related ailments that affect the muscles, intestines, respiratory tract, heart and nerves. People suffering from sleeping trouble due to asthma, respiratory seizures, restless leg syndrome and other spasmodic conditions can find great relief by using the essential oil of cedarwood.

Diuretic: Being a diuretic, cedarwood essential oil promotes good urination which helps in removing excess bile, sodium, uric acid, salts, fat and excess water from the body. These harmful toxins and excess water accumulated inside the body are the chief reasons behind many health problems. It workseffectively against urinary tract infections, hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, rheumatism, obesity, gout and other related problems.

Emmenagogue: This property makes it popular amongst those having irregular and obstructed menstruation problems. The excruciating pain and adverse effects such as mood swings, fatigue and nausea which are associated with menstruation can be relieved by using cedarwood oil.

Apart from above mentioned therapeutic properties, cedarwood oil is also reckoned as a potent sedative, astringent, expectorant, antiseborrheic, antispasmodic, insecticide and fungicide.

How to use cedarwood oil


A proven herbal remedy for acne: Mix few drops of cedarwood oil with regular facial cream and apply on the face before sleeping. Regular use of this oil helps mitigate the problems of acne from the root.

Natural Cure for Arthritis and Joint Pain: Add few drops of cedarwood oil in base oil and thoroughly massage over the joints. Its natural warmth helps to eliminate pain, inflammation and swelling resulting from arthritis, rheumatism and other kinds of joint pain.

Asthma and Dust Allergy: The penetrating aroma of cedarwood oil is ideal for quickly clearing the nasal and chest airways to provide relief from asthma, breathing shortness and other allergenic problems.

Cystitis or Urinary Tract Infection Healing: Put few drops of cedarwood oil in lukewarm water filled in a bucket or tub. Rest the lower part of the body in the water for at least 15 minutes before sleeping. Regular therapeutic treatment helps to aid urinary tract infections.

Rough Hair: Mix 2-3 drops of cedarwood oil with your regular hair oil and massage into the scalp regularly before sleeping. Leave it overnight and wash with shampoo in the morning. Occasional use of this therapy helps to bring back moisture in the hair for a hydrated and dandruff-free scalp.

Stress, Depression or Anxiety: Put a few drops of cedarwood oil in a diffuser and let the room fill with its divine aroma. Its calming effect will help to soothe your nerves to provide a tranquilised and relaxed feel.

Ward-off Insects: Soak up a few drops of cedarwood oil with cotton balls and place at areas where insects are spotted frequently. Its aroma seems to be quite irritating and intoxicating for flies, ants or other insects.

Now, you have seen that use of cedarwood oil will help to improve your general health to a greater extent. So, don’t wait now and rush to buy premium quality cedarwood oil for your home. It is one of the prime essential oils that have been renowned from ages for the utmost well being of humankind. Enjoy its benefits to the fullest.


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  • Cold pressed method of oil extraction should be preferred over steam distillation. Also, for best results, and in order to retain the beneficial properties of cedar oil, the oil press should be made entirely of wood and no metal should touch the oil during extraction or while storing it. The tree species with the most potent cedar oil is the Siberian cedar (Pinus sibirica). There are several other important considerations involved if one is seeking pure Siberian cedar oil. It’s benefits go well beyond what’s described in the article. They are described in the “Ringing Cedars” books by Russian author Vladimir Megre. If this interests you, look up videos of talks by Leonid Sharashkin, the editor of English language translation of these books.