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6 Apr 2008

Atlas Cedarwood Oil

There are several oils that go under the name of cedarwood but the most common one used in aromatherapy is Atlas Cedarwood (Cedarus atlantica) oil. Cedarwood was the first known oil to have been extracted. It provided one of the world’s earliest perfumes and was used by the Ancient Egyptians for mummification.

Cedarwood is pulped before steam distillation to gain access to the secretory canals of the wood, which holds the aromatic essence. It has a sweet, woody, fruity perfume, much more piercing than sandalwood.

Cedarwood is an anti-fungal, antiseptic, circulatory stimulant, tonic, astringent, diuretic, expectorant and sedative oil. It is well known as a good skin and hair tonic, plus it is a decongestant and alleviates rheumatic pain. Cedarwood is grounding, clears away negativity and brings increased positive energy. It is often used in combination with other oils to prevent hair loss.

It has bug repellent properties. Can be used to repel aphids. slugs, snails and weevils. It can also be used in a vacuum cleaner bag for adding a clean fragrance to a room while vacuuming.

Note: Do not use when pregnant or with high blood pressure. Always use well diluted.

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Foot Odor Bath

1 tbsp Epsom salts
1 tbsp sea salt or rock salt
2 drops cedarwood essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops tea tree oil

Put in bowl/foot bath of hot water, stir, soak feet for 5 to 10 minutes. Dry feet well.


Peace Cologne Recipe
From Pioneer Thinking
Combats fatigue due to stress, tension and anxiety.

3 drops bergamot essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
3 drops cedarwood essential oil
1/2 pt (300ml) 70% alcohol or vodka

Pour the alcohol into a bottle or jar. Add the oils and shake well. Leave for 1 week.


Varicose Veins Massage
From Beannes Oils

2 drops lime essential oil
2 drops cedarwood essential oil
20 mls carrier oil.

Rub lightly, using only fingertips.


Hair Loss from Stress Treatment

2 tbsps clear honey
1 tbsp almond oil
2 drops cedarwood essential oil
2 drops clary sage essential oil
2 drops rosemary oil

Mix, apply to scalp. Wrap head with a towel. Leave on for at least half an hour, then shampoo hair.


Acne/Eczema Fighter
From Essortment

2 drops cedarwood essential oil
2 drops sandalwood essential oil

Mix oils well. Gently massage over face and neck areas. The classic combination of these two essential oils, an excellent skin conditioner for oily skin, has a soothing effect and treats acne and eczema.


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10 comments:

Lotus Flower said...

It is a pity I could not use this cedar based concoction. I am hypertensive:-)

But that's okey. Just imagining how good it smells make me feel good already. Thanks

Cheers!

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Marion said...

Native lore says the Cedar Tree is the most powerful of all healing Plants, Jackie...this is a great post!

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HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

I never knew this and am so excited to try these concoctions! Thanks

JoLynn Braley said...

I love the smell of cedar. I don't know if these are still around but my mom has a cedar chest, they were called hope chests - smells wonderful.

I don't remember if I've used a cedar essential oil, but I will check into it.

Naomi said...

I've always loved trees Jackie and love the smell of cedar. I wasn't sure of the medicinal properties of this particular oil though. Many thanks for sharing that Jackie.

Pia said...

got here from corry's all over the map. these are wonderful tips. =D

HomeSpun Healers said...

I have been hoping to find a site such as this one. I am always interested in learning more about herb and oil concoctions.

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Moon said...

Great tip!I am going to try this myself!
Thanks a lot!