Imagine an essential oil so sweet, mellow, warm, and soothing, with such a wide array of practical applications [see MODERN USES OF CEDARWOOD Essential Oil below] that you won’t want to be without it in your ‘natural medicine cabinet’.
Properly distilled Cedarwood essential oil, with its high concentration of sesquiterpene molecules (see below) encourages serotonin production, which is then converted to melatonin in the pineal gland, the sleep inducing hormone. Cedarwood is is a lovely essential oil to diffuse at bedtime, and while sleeping, to create a healthy, restorative sleep cycle. Cedarwood combined with Lavender is a calming, relaxing blend.
Distilled from the leaves and wood of the Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica), today we have categorized and documented the health benefiting properties of Cedarwood essential oil, as antiseptic (destroys infection-causing bacteria), antispasmodic (prevents or relieves cramps or spasms), tonic (strengthens the whole body or a specific organ), astringent (contracts and tones tissues), diuretic (increases flow of urine), emmenagogue (encourages and regulates menstrual flow), expectorant (helps remove excess mucous from bronchial and sinus passages, insecticidal, sedative (reduces stress in the body and calms the nervous system), fungicidal (prevents and destroys fungal infection), and antiseborrheic (prevents excessive secretion of sebum in the skin that can clog pores). 1
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlanticus), found in Greece, the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Algeria, and in the U.S.A., is the species of cedar most closely related to the majestic biblical ‘Cedars of Lebanon’ (Cedrus lebani), who’s forests were exploited and decimated by ancient kings – first by Egyptian Pharaoh’s, and then king David, and king Solomon, for medicinal and building purposes, until they were all but extinct.
Cedarwood may be the first and most ancient of the distilled essential oils. The Chinese, Tibetans, Sumerians, and Egyptians, were using Cedarwood for hygienic, disinfecting, and embalming purposes more than 5,000 years ago. There is evidence that Egyptians were distilling Cedarwood oil as far back as 3,500 B.C., and it is mentioned on a Babylonian tablet dated 1800 B.C. Egyptians used Cedarwood to build aromatic and durable temples and dwellings, to make musical instruments, coffins, and boats.
King Solomon traded 280,000 bushels of grain and 1,200 gallons of oil (probably olive, and perhaps some almond, walnut, pistachio, or sesame oil, and some essential oils) with King Hiram of Tyre (Phoenicia) for the Lebanese Cedrus lebani cedar trees to build the temple and his home in Israel.
Though King Solomon was wise in many things his wisdom did not extend to awareness of sustainability and reforestation, as thousands of workers stripped the lush forestlands of Lebanon near Tyre, and floated the wood by sea down to Jerusalem.
“Of all the essential oils in the world, Cedarwood contains the highest concentration of sesquiterpenes (98%)…
…The sesquiterpenes in Cedarwood have the ability to pass through the blood-brain barrier and oxygenate the brain directly upon inhalation by way of the nasal passages and the olfactory nerves. It has even been suggested that Cedarwood oil might prevent senility and Alzheimer’s disease.” 2
Sesquiterpenes are oxygenating, mood elevating, and deprogram miswritten or garbled codes in the DNA.
“The idea of a Cedar dwelling for a king”, writes Dr. David Stewart, “as well as a place for worship, is an excellent application of the power of essential oils. Cedar is a fragrant wood, due to its oil content, whose aroma lasts indefinitely…It is probably no coincidence that both David and Solomon chose cedar as the wood for their home and temple.
For a king, who has to make decisions every day that affect thousands of subjects, living in an environment where they would inhale Cedarwood oil every day would contribute toward wise judgements and help keep their consciousness elevated on a spiritual level. Perhaps the wisdom of Solomon was even greater than we thought and included a sophisticated knowledge of essential oils and how they could assist him in ruling his kingdom in an effective way…” 2
ANCIENT USES OF CEDARWOOD, wood and Essential Oil: 3.4.
- ritual cleansing after touching dead or unclean
- cleansing of lepers
- cosmetics, skin problems
- embalming and coffins
- various medicines
- purifying effects
MODERN USES OF CEDARWOOD Essential Oil: 1.2.3.
- calming; inhaled can act as a nervine and calmative which enhances relaxation
- soothes over-excitability
- relieves mental strain
- ADD / ADHD
- mental clarity
- enhancing deep sleep [Note: Cedarwood stimulates the limbic region of the brain (the center of emotions) and stimulates serotonin production – which is converted to melatonin by the pineal gland.]
- bringing oxygen to cellular levels / deprogramming misinformation at cellular level
- inhaled to reduce the symptoms of cold & cough
- bronchitis, tuberculosis
- acne, oily skin, psoriasis, skin conditions, boils, fungal infections
- minor skin irritations; cuts, bruises, burns
- contracts and tones skin – used in natural skin creams / cosmetics
- antiseptic and astringent properties – used in aftershaves and shampoos
- hair loss (alopecia)
- include in massage and bath blends to ease arthritis and chronic rheumatism – to relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains & rheumatoid arthritis
- circulatory stimulant
- arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries)
- well known for ability to treat urinary tract infections, and increase flow of urine
- gently helps those suffering from depression or insomnia
- emotional release of painful memories & emotions, and of addictions (e.g. smoking, alcohol, drug dependency)
- insect repelling ‘Natural Outdoor Spray‘ blends
APPLICATION OF pure 100% CEDARWOOD (Cedrus atlantica) Essential Oil: 1.3.
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Caution: Do not confuse Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) with white cedar or thuja (Thuja occidentalis). Thuja oil has been found to induce seizures. Young Living does not sell Thuja occidentalis.
- Diffuse – on its own or try blending with Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Frankincense, Sacred Frankincense, Bergamot, Peppermint, or Joy E.O. blend.
- Apply topically – 1:1 in a carrier oil on VitaFlex points and energy centers (e.g. top of head, forehead between eyes, base of spine, or center of chest). May be applied “neat” or straight without a carrier oil – test on inside wrist or skin patch of forearm.
1. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele. ©2014. Robert Rose Inc.
2. Healing Oils of the Bible, David Stewart, Ph.D., D.N.M. ©2015
3. Essential Oils Desk Reference, Sixth Edition, © 2014, Life Science Publishing. p.78
06.06.2016 DIANA E. NATALIE JOHNSON
IMPORTANT: THE INFORMATION WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT WAS OBTAINED FROM REPUTABLE RESOURCES (REFERENCED), LECTURES, AND BIOCHEMISTRY EDUCATION WHICH THE AUTHOR HAS RECEIVED OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PRESCRIBE OR RECOMMEND A PARTICULAR TREATMENT OR PROTOCOL, BUT RATHER, TO EMPOWER THE READER WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT MIGHT HELP THEM TO HELP THEMSELVES TO BETTER HEALTH NATURALLY.
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