CEDAR WOOD ESSENTIAL OILS
By Maisha Liwaru
Cedar wood is one of a growing number of essential oils that primarily originate in the United States. It is also imported from Brazil, China and Morocco. It is very popular with perfumers because of its versatility and its economy. Previously cedar wood oil was mainly produced in North and East Africa and India. The cedar wood tree is an evergreen tree that grows up to 100 feet high. This slow growing tree thrives in the mountains of the eastern Rockies. North American cedar wood is steam distilled from wood scraps from sawmills located in Virginia and the Carolinas. I prefer the woody balsamic smell of pale yellow Virginia Cedar wood.
Cedar wood is grounding and its pleasant aroma is addicting. Perfumers love the woody fragrance and use it in masculine type colognes as a middle note. But it also soothes and harmonizes. Oily and blemished skin can benefit from the astringent quality of the oil. Try using cedar wood to diminish the look of cellulite. While it is not a cure for SARS, it relieves mucous, coughs and colds. Most of you are aware that cedar wood can be used in our wardrobe to repel moths. It is also effective as an insect and pest repellants, repulsing ants, mice and other rodents.
· As an astringent apply cedar wood to oily skin and shaving cuts.
· When using on acne, pimples or oily skin, dilute the cedar wood oil and apply directly to the effected area.
· Use a cotton ball to apply cedar wood under the arms. It makes an effective deodorizer. Be sure to mix it with a carrier oil first.
· Soak or sprits your feet with diluted cedar wood essential oil and relax.
The best carrier oils for cedar wood are emu, hazelnut or grape seed oil.
If you are thinking about creating your own personal perfume fragrance with cedarwood, try blending it with a combination of some of the following: basil, bergamot, clary sage, cypress, jasmine, juniper, neroli, rosemary, vetiver, ylang ylang, bay, chamomile roman, fir, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rosemary and sandalwood.
Precaution = Not recommended for use during pregnancy
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Maisha Liwaru is the owner of Perfume Oils by Maisha.