Getting Down to Essentials: Cedarwood Essential Oil

Some things are timeless. You could say that for Cedarwood essential oil. Its use goes back thousands of years for its scent and for medicinal purposes.  The ancient Egyptians also associated perfumes with immortality and so wrapped the Pharaohs in bandages impregnated with Cedarwood and other aromatic oils.[1] The ancient Greeks, Romans and even Egyptians used this oil in cosmetics, perfumes and even added them to their bath and beauty rituals.[2] Today, Cedarwood essential oil continues to be highly popular. It is calming and relaxing and is considered excellent for dealing with stress, anxiety and tension.

There are four types of Cedarwood: Himalayan, Atlas, Texan and Virginian. Himalayan and Atlas are actually believed to be the first essential oils ever distilled.  In addition to its use in cosmetics and for incense, Cedarwood oil has been used to cure illnesses ranging from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis to less severe hiccups, coughs and colds.[3]

The healthful benefits of Cedarwood oil are attributed to its extensive antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, astringent, fungicidal and insecticidal properties. Ayurvedic practitioners use preparations of Himalayan Cedarwood tree to treat diabetes, urinary tract infections, obesity, skin ailments, to aid digestion, to strengthen the heart muscles, to improve blood circulation and to treat pain.[4]

Eases Muscle and Joint Pain

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Cedarwood oil also is used to treat arthritis and to help ease muscle and joint pain. It relaxes tight muscles. Inhaling or applying Cedarwood oil on the skin can reduce joint and tissue inflammation that result in debilitating pain or discomfort. [5]

Calming Effect 

Cedarwood oil has a calming effect. The scent of cedarwood essential oil promotes the release of serotonin, that is changed into melatonin within the brain. Melatonin causes restorative sleep leaving you feeling calm.[6]

Protects Skin

Cedarwood essential oil protects pores, prohibiting dust and harmful microbes from getting into the body, which lead to acne and skin infections. Cedarwood oil is also effective for tightening the facial skin and giving it a youthful appearance.[7]

Blends Well with Other Essential Oils

Cedarwood essential oil has a strong base note that blends well with such other essential oils as Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Orange, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang.

You can purchase Cedarwood oil from BIOTONE in single notes. You’ll also find Cedarwood oil in essential blends of Purify, Serenity and Focus.





[1] “About Perfume,” Perfume Knowledge,” April 21, 2014.
[2] “Cedarwood Essential Oil: Harness The Incredible Benefits of this Earthy Tincture,” netmeds, February 2, 2021.
[3] “History of Cedarwood Essential Oil,” UpNature, Accessed August 9, 2021.
[4] Ibid
[5] “Health Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil,” Health Benefits, Accessed August 9, 2021.
[6] Ibid
[7] Ibid
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