The great coniferous forests of North America and Europe have always stirred my imagination. To the Native American Indians, these forests not only gave them their life’s necessities; the forests were their medicine chests and temples. These are the Cedars, Firs, Junipers, Pines and Spruces. And in this article, we look at a number of essential oils that are made from these trees, many of them sourced from North America, but a number also from Europe.
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlanticus)
Cedarwood was used by the North American Indians to enhance spiritual communication. It’s other properties include: anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, insect repelling and sedative.
Blends with: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, myrrh, rosemary
There are many possible uses for this oil but here are a few:
- Is calming and eases tension. Apply topically to the forehead, brow and back of the neck. Alternatively inhale or diffuse it.
- Help prevent hair loss (alopecia areata – inflammatory hair loss disease). Apply topically.
- Can help reduce cellulite. Apply topically.
- Beneficial against tuberculosis and urinary tract infections. Apply topically
- Use during meditation or yoga. Diffuse in the room for at least 30 minutes
Safety data: Pregnant women should use with caution.
Be sure to also have a read of previous articles where Cedarwood has been featured:
- Better sleep with essential oils
- Ancient medicine: Sandalwood, cassia, cedarwood and cypress
- 15 essential oils for stress relief
- Essential oils for the spirit