The Virginia Cedarwood is a slow-growing evergreen, also known as Red Cedar. Originally used by native North Americans, Cedar is an important tree of North America whose fragrant wood is made into cabinets, fence posts, and even pencils.
But of course what we love best here at the homestead is the sweet and woodsy scent of its essential oil. The oil is strongly scented and will remind you of the fresh cut wood. Cedarwood essential oil (like nearly all essential oils) should be well diluted before using on your skin and pregnant woman should avoid using all together.
Top 5 Uses:
1. Natural Air Freshener
Cedar's pleasant woodsy scent is a great way to eliminate odors in your home. A few drops in a diffuser will make you feel like you are walking through the woods.
2. Reduces Stress
The scent of cedarwood has a soothing and calming effect on the mind. Wave the bottle under your nose and gently inhale when feeling stressed.
3. Natural Sedative
Cedarwood aroma can help elevate the creation of melatonin in your brain. This in turn helps to promote a restful nights sleep.
4. Bug Repellent
Bugs, particularly fleas, hate the scent of cedar. Place a few drop in a spray bottle, mix with water, and spray on your clothes to help repel biting pests.
5. Natural Astringent
Cedarwood can be useful tool for protecting the skin from toxins and bacteria. Mixed a drop or two with a two teaspoons of light carrier oil (like jojoba) and gently apply to your skin to help prevent breakouts.
Want to try cedarwood essential oil? Check our our SLEEP blend, available in a serum, spray, or pure essential oil blend. In this blend cedarwood is paired with lavender, bergamot, and clary sage for a scent that is calming and will help you unwind and gently fall asleep.