Cedarwood is an essential oil that has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The Egyptians had several uses for it ranging from cosmetics, to insect repellant, to the mummification process. Because of it's smell, it was used in perfumes and incense for Romans and Greeks. Long ago, cedarwood was often imported from Lebanon. Today, it mostly comes from regions in northern Africa and North America.
Research of essential oils have come a very long way in the last few years and there is still more research to be done. None of these health benefits, or the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. The ideas in this article should not be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed. It is also not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
In most cases, the essential oil for cedarwood comes from the heartwood of the tree. There is a high amount of cedrol found in the oil. Because of its deep scent, it is frequently used in massage therapy to relax the body and reduce stress. Many people will inhale the oil directly from the bottle, a diffuser, or by applying it to their hands and cupping them around the nose and mouth while taking a few deep breaths. It has been found that inhaling the oil will also help support repertory function.
Because of the properties of cedarwood, many people will use it for skin conditions ranging from acne to dandruff and even eczema. Not only does the oil promote healthy skin, it also promotes healing of damaged skin. While it is great for topical and aromatic use, it is not recommended that you take it internally.
If you want to treat any skin condition with cedarwood, it is good idea to put one to two drops with several drops of a carrier oil and rub the mixture on the troubled area one to two times per day. Many people have found that when they do this, their damaged skin will heal much faster and even become healthier than before.
It is important to remember when using essential oils that quality matters. Not all products are created equal. You need to make sure that the oils you use are 100% pure and natural. I would only recommend using quality products from known and respected brands.