Cedarwood

About

  • Highest known oil in sesquiterpenes (98%), this is a hydrocarbon group found in essential oils. Sesquiterpene molecules deliver oxygen molecules to cells and because they are so small, have the ability to pass through the blood-brain barrier and oxygenate the brain directly upon inhalation. When essential oils high in sesquiterpenes are inhaled, there is increased activity in the pineal, pituitary and hypothalamus glands, which in turn increase growth hormone and melatonin production. Sequiterpene oils support memory recall. These oils also support the body’s response to inflammation.
  • Cedarwood has a high antioxidant (ORAC) score of 169,000.
  • Its scent is warm, mellow and woody – think of grandma’s cedarwood chest!
  • One of the first oils used, some speculate it may have been the first. The Chinese and Egyptians used it for embalming the dead over 5,000 years ago.  Mentioned in a Babylonian tablet dated 1800BC
  • Referenced in the bible 35 times. Leviticus 14:49 – “And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop.”
    • Priests in the Bible used it for the cleansing of lepers (Leviticus 14, Numbers 19)
    • A symbol of security and stability (Song of Solomon 1:17; 8:9; Zechariah 11:2)
    • A symbol of abundance and provision (Numbers 24:6, Psalm 92:12, Ezekiel 31:3)
    • A perfume (Psalm 45:8)

 

Benefits

  • Calming, grounding and supports the nervous system. Essential oils from trees have anchoring and stabilizing properties.
  • Encourages focus in distracted kids and adults
  • Stimulates the pineal gland (third eye), which releases melatonin and encourages a normal sleep pattern and deep sleep
  • It stimulates the limbic region of the brain (the center of emotions) and elevates mood
  • Native Americans used it to enhance their spiritual communication
  • Known for its purification properties. Used in purification ceremonies by high priests in the Bible.
  • Supports respiratory and urinary functions
  • Supports healthy hair, especially as you age. You can add it to your shampoo
  • Supports healthy skin
  • Supports healthy joint and cartilage function
  • Good for repelling moths
  • Helpful in maintaining a dust mite free environment
  • A great oil for kids

 

Way to Use It

  • Put in diffuser at nighttime
  • Dilute and put in a roller-bottle and rub on big toe (brain vitaflex point)
  • Diffuse during the day to promote a calming atmosphere
  • Diffuse during prayer or meditation to promote spirituality
  • Apply diluted topically on location in the area of concern and on the corresponding vita flex points
  • Add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner bottles

 

How I Use It

  • Cedarwood is a favorite of mine to use on Ava for everything from encouraging sleep and focus to support during cold and flu season. For me, I add a couple of drops to my shampoo and conditioner bottles. Now that I am in my 40s, my hair could use some TLC! I just love the woodsy, comforting, grandma’s cedar chest feel to this oil! I also add a few drops to strategically placed cotton balls to discourage moths!