13 Wonderful Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil

The health benefits of cedarwood essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseborrheic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticidal, sedative, and fungicidal substance.

What is Cedarwood Essential Oil?

Cedarwood essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation from the wood pieces of the cedar wood tree, which has the scientific name Juniperus virginiana (also known as Cedrus doedara, Cedrus atlantica, and Cedrus libani, depending on the regions where they are found) in other nomenclature systems.

Cedarwood is basically a plant native to cold climates and is normally found at high altitudes. The chief components of cedarwood essential oil are alpha cedrene, beta cedrene, cedrol, widdrol, thujopsene, and a group of sesquiterpenes, which contribute a great deal to its medicinal value and health benefits.

Health Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil

Here are the most popular and well-researched medicinal properties and benefits of cedarwood oil. Let’s take a look at them in detail.

Relieves Symptoms of Seborrhoea

Seborrhoea or Seborrhoeic Eczema is a dreadful disease caused by a malfunction of the sebaceous glands. This results in increased sebum production and a subsequent infection of the epidermal cells. It looks very ugly as the skin, colored white or pale yellow, starts peeling off, particularly from the scalp, eyebrows, inner ear, and anywhere else with hair follicles. Cedarwood oil can be beneficial in curing this inflammatory situation and can reduce this skin peeling, regularize sebum production, and treat the infection. The oil also reduces the ugly redness and obvious signs of the condition while treating it.

Prevents Infections

Cedarwood oil prevents wounds from becoming septic as well as protecting them from tetanus germs. It can safely be applied externally to wounds as an antiseptic, and it is even used as an ingredient in herbal antiseptic creams. By defending the body against toxins, cedarwood essential oil relieves the white blood cells and immune system of the extra stress, which allows them to protect the internal functions.

Reduces Inflammation

Although studies have mainly been done on animals, early human tests have been very positive in terms of cedarwood oil’s anti-inflammatory effects on arthritis. The inflammation in the joints and tissues that result in such debilitating pain or discomfort can be somewhat lessened by the inhalation or topical application of this oil on the skin.

Cedar wood essential oilRelieves Spasms

Relieving spasms is yet another important medicinal property of cedarwood oil. Nearly all types of spasms and related ailments can be relieved using this oil. This includes spasms that affect the respiratory system, intestines, muscles, heart, and nerves. People that have trouble sleeping due to restless leg syndrome, respiratory seizures, asthma, and other spasmodic conditions also find relief from the soothing properties of cedarwood oil.

Health Tonic

Cedarwood oil can be used as a general health tonic since it tones the organ systems and stimulates metabolism. It tightens and tones muscles in the skin, stomach, digestive system, and regulates brain functions. It boosts the functionality of the kidney and liver, which further improves overall health and wellness.

Acts as an Astringent

As an astringent, cedarwood oil helps to cure toothaches, strengthens the grip of gums on teeth and protects them from falling out. It also tightens loose muscles and gives a feeling of firmness, fitness, and youth. This property can also be used to cure diarrhea, by tightening the muscles of the digestive system and contracting those spasm-prone muscles. As an astringent, cedarwood oil is also a useful tool for protecting the skin from toxins and bacteria. Astringent substances also cause skin proteins to coagulate, where they dry and harden, forming a protective shield on the applied area.

Promotes Urination

Its role as a diuretic is another beneficial property of cedarwood oil that can help cure a number of ailments including obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, urinary tract infections, and the accumulation of toxins in the blood. Being a diuretic, it increases the frequency of urination which serves as a medium for removal of fat, excess water and toxins like uric acid from the body. These toxins and extra water accumulated in the body are the main causes for the above-mentioned ailments.

Stimulates Menstruation

Those who are having obstructed and irregular menstruation can definitely benefit from using cedarwood oil, as it is an emmenagogue, which means it stimulates menstruation, while also regularizing the cycle. The pain and side effects like nausea, fatigue, and mood swings associated with menstruation are also relieved through the regular use of cedarwood oil because it can impact the hormonal function of various glands in the endocrine system.

Eliminates Cough

If you are suffering from a cough, cold, and related congestion, you should try cedarwood oil to alleviate the irritation. It is an expectorant and efficiently eliminates a cough and removes phlegm from the respiratory tracts and lungs, thereby relieving congestion. It also gives relief from headaches, red and watery eyes, and other symptoms of a cough and cold. A small amount of this oil can also help you get a good night’s sleep when suffering from a cough and cold. By stimulating the loosening of phlegm and the coughing which will remove it, you also protect your respiratory tract and overall health from toxins and conditions that excess phlegm can cause.

Kills Insects

Cedarwood oil has been in use as a mosquito and insect repellant for a long time. When used in vaporizers, it drives away mosquitoes, flies, and other insects. It is regularly sprinkled on pillows or sheets at night so mosquitoes and other irritating bugs and pests are driven away while you sleep.

Sedative Effect

Its popular use as a sedative might be the most unexpected and valuable aspect. Cedarwood oil is an excellent sedative and has a great soothing and calming effect on the mind. It cures inflammation and itching on the skin while relieving tension and anxiety. This feature also helps in promoting healthy, restorative, and uninterrupted sleep, so it is often used by patients suffering from insomnia. In aromatherapy, the scent can induce the release of serotonin, which is converted into melatonin in the brain. Melatonin induces a calm and restorative sleep. For this reason, cedarwood aromatherapy is recommended for people with chronic anxiety, stress, and depression, since it can relieve those conditions as well.

Cures Fungal Infections

Cedarwood oil has good fungicidal properties and may be employed to cure fungal infections, both external and internal. Specific studies have shown the inhalation of cedarwood oil to protect the body against various types of food poisoning, as well as plant, animal, and human fungal pathogens.

Other Benefits

Cedarwood oil is beneficial in curing acne, arthritis, bronchitis, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, stress, kidney disorders and as a treatment for oily skin.

Word of Caution: Cedarwood oil may produce irritations on the skin if used in high concentration. Pregnant women should avoid its use altogether, and others should speak with their doctor before making any sort of drastic change or adding something new to their dietary regimen. Unlike some essential oils, cedarwood oil cannot be ingested in any quantity. It is a highly potent oil and can cause vomiting, nausea, and thirst, and extensive damage to the digestive system.

Blending: Oils like bergamot, benzoin, cypress, cinnamon, frankincense, juniper, jasmine, lemon, lime, lavender, rose, neroli, and rosemary form good blends with cedarwood oil.

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I'm interested in how much do you digest and with what mixer ?

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hi Gayle- this oil cannot be ingested. Suggest you consult your health specialist before using this oil.
Team Organic Facts

My bottle broke and it got all over my hands. I washed them with Dawn dish soap several times as well as rinsed with apple cider vinegar and then rubbed in some lotion, but now I can't stay awake. Really does make you sleepy...

Although Juniperus virginiana is a different family than cedrus, it does contain some of the same compounds, hence the common name of Eastern Red Cedar.

Crystal Ariana Gonzales

How do you use it as a Diuretic then?

I have cedarwood, frankincense, ylang ylang, lime and mandarin oils and Im looking for a recipe to lower high blood pressure

I love my oils but if you add apple cider vinegar to your diet EVERY day your blood pressure WILL go down!

Thanks for the informative article on the benefits of cedarwood essential oil. I have also found that in addition to helping me fall and stay asleep, it also gives me wonderfully vivid dreams. 🙂 I have linked to your article on my blog about the benefits of cedarwood essential Thanks again, Organic Facts! With gratitude, Crystal

Juniperus virginiana (Virginian Cedar), Cedrus deodara (Himalayan or deodar cedar), Cedrus atlantica (Atlantic cedar) and Cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon) are all distinct species. They are not "known as" each other.

Yes, please don't call it Juniperus virginiana and then say it's also know as 3 species of cederwood. These are much different plants.

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Does anyone know how to apply for those uses? Thank you.

If you can find pure cedar oil ((no elements other than the green (ie. no wood, roots)) it is worth it's weight in gold, smells a heck of a lot better. Side note: green parts can be seeped into a very beneficial tea.

Can be rubbed on the bottom your feet, back of the neck and inhaled. Hope that helps

It says do not ingest, aromatic oil of cedar wood is beneficial if applied topically, to your epidermis(skin)... It soaks in to your skin so dilute it a bit with another beneficial oil and cocoa butter or used aromatically, it enters your lungs and sinus'. Aromatic oils can enter your body when carried through the air you breathe and through skin contact...

I've always known cedarwood useful for repelling insects but I had no idea was useful in so many ways I'm going to have to give me some oil. sincerely Big D

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Do you have a reference list for this information?

Chelsy Danna Toral Arcilla

The other name of cedar oil is pine nutoil?

It sounds like they are suggesting we drink this, since they don't actually explain how to us cedar oil when they describe what it can do. I guess I must be crazy, since to me, a sedative is something you would ingest, not something you would place on you or lay on.
Do you drink 8 ounces of the cedar oil to go to sleep or what?


Remember their "a few words of caution" section at the end here:"cannot be ingested in any quantity. It is a highly potent oil, and can cause vomiting, nausea, and thirst, and extensive damage to the digestive system." I find it helpful with sleep if I put 5 - 7 drops on my skin, usually in olive oil or whatever. It will absorb and be effective.

The directions on my bottle suggests putting one drop into a capsule (I use veggie or gel caps), with one drop of olive oil and take it 1-3 times a day or as needed.

Cedarwood oil can also be used on the skin as aromatherapy to relax the mind and body. I use it on an almost daily basis to help calm my spirit and open myself to a clear mind.

Dont drink it without water! I do 2 drops of oil in 8oz of water

Yvonne Chartier

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Karen Ottawa-Gylland

here's some more info on cedar oil,...remember not to take it in large amounts because it is very potent but a few drops of cedar oil, best to read more info...=).

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Thus why I am having a cedar bath before the confwerence tomorrow.
Cleaned physically mentally spiritually and emotionally.