A close relative of Atlas Cedarwood, Himalayan Cedarwood tree is a symbol of strength and abundance. When used in Aromatherapy, it offers grounding effects and balances emotions. Cedarwood Himalayan essential oil is prized for its calming, cleansing, and harmonizing properties.
The sweet, yet woody aroma of this oil is especially loved during the winter months. It has excellent properties for supporting and maintaining a healthy respiratory system. It helps to remove phlegm from the lungs and ease congestion. Perfect oil to use if you have a cold or cough.
Cedarwood Himalayan Essential Oil Facts
Cedarwood Himalayan is versatile and powerful but there is a wonderful gentleness to this oil. It is one of my favorite oils for children.
I love all the different varieties of cedarwood, while their aromas have slight variations, they always add such depth to oil blends.
Main constituents of himalayan cedarwood include apha-Himachalene, beta-Himachalene, atlantone.
|Botanical Name||Cedrus deodara|
|Aka||Deodar Cedarwood; Cedarwood Indian Oil|
|Aroma||Rich, woody, earthy, sweet|
|Extraction Method||Steam distilled|
|Plant Part Used||Wood|
|Shelf Life||4-8 years|
|Safety Concerns||Non-toxic, non-sensitizing. Some sources advise to avoid Cedarwood during pregnancy, however there is no research to support this claim regarding this particular species of cedarwood.|
Cedarwood essential oil is a safe and natural way to treat a wide variety of conditions. Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic.
Cedarwood Himalayan Essential Oil Blends Well With
This type of cedarwood essential oil has a warm, woody aroma that is both grounding and centering. It is an ideal oil to use during meditation or prayer, as it helps to still the mind and allows one to connect with their higher self.
Cedarwood blends well with other oils, such as sandalwood, patchouli, and vetiver. When used in combination with these other oils, Himalayan Cedarwood essential oil can help to create a sense of calm and peace.
- Juniper berry
- Ylang ylang
- Clary sage
Himalayan Cedarwood Essential Oil Benefits
Cedarwood oil is known to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including acne, anxiety, arthritis, dandruff, and eczema. Cedarwood oil is also effective in treating respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and congestion.
Cedarwood oil is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to boost the immune system and provides relief from cold and flu symptoms.
Check out some of the benefits of cedarwood himalayan essential oil:
- Supports healthy respiratory system
- Helps manage minor pain and inflammation
- Stabilizes during stressful transitions
- Sedative properties assist with sleep
- Grants a sense of clarity and empowerment
- Promotes feelings of self acceptance
- Enhances meditation and spiritual expression
- Cleanses the skin of impurities
- Assists with skin disorders due to antiseptic and astringent properties
- Soothes, calms, and relaxes the mind and body
- Instills confidence and security in times of trouble
- It acts as an insect repellent for bugs like mosquitoes
Cedarwood Himalayan Essential Oil Uses
Cedarwood essential oil makes a versatile addition to any natural medicine cabinet and first aid kit. Its most well-known use is as a insect repellent, but it can also be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Cedarwood oil can be utilized to relieve muscle pain and tension headaches. In addition, cedarwood essential oil has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it an effective natural cleanser and deodorizer.
- Place one drop in the palm of hand, rub hands together then deeply inhale the aroma to relieve stress.
- Add it to diffuser at night with lavender or vetiver to promote sleep.
- Place a couple of drops into a spray bottle with alcohol free witch hazel, shake well, and spray on face for an all natural facial toner.
- Blend with a carrier oil and rub onto your chest and neck to help with cough and congestion.
- Add a drop to a diffuser necklace to keep calm at work.
- Place 1-2 drops on the shower floor just before you get in to support a healthy mind and body.
- Use with aloe vera gel as aftershave to relieve razor burn.
- Mix with jojoba oil and citronella oil (or lemongrass) to use as a natural insect repellent.
Himalayan Cedarwood Essential Oil Recipes
Cedarwood essential oil can be used in health, beauty and homemade cleaning products. When used in diffusers, cedarwood oil can help to purify the air and eliminate household odors. As with all essential oils, cedarwood oil should be diluted before being applied to the skin or inhaled.
Cedarwood essential oil is generally considered safe for most people, but it should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Cedarwood oil should be stored in a cool, dark place to prevent it from losing its potency.
1. Congestion Inhaler Blend
Empower the lungs with these respiratory supportive oils, they work great in an essential oil inhaler!
Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.
2. Sleepy Diffuser Blend
Bring on the Z's with this sedative oil blend
Directions: Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water. Read more about diffusing essential oils.
3. Cough Ease Roller Blend
Tame a cough with these natural expectorant oils
Directions: Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with jojoba oil. Roll onto chest and back for respiratory support. 5% dilution.
4. Concentration Diffuser Blend
When focus and concentration is required, try this oil blend
Directions: Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.
5. Calm and Clear Diffuser Blend
Perfect blend to use before bedtime to promote clear breathing and a calm atmosphere
Directions: Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.
6. Sleep Tight Kids Roller Blend
Little ones will fall asleep fast with this blend
Directions: Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with jojoba oil. Roll onto chest and back for respiratory support. 1% dilution.
7. Breathe Freely Chest Rub
Supportive respiratory blend to open airways and clear congestion
Directions: Place ingredients into bottle and shake to blend. To use, rub on chest. 2% dilution. For kids, cut drops in half for a 1% dilution level (2 drops frank, 2 drops juniper, 1 drop eucalyptus dives, 1 drop cedarwood).
General Essential Oil Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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