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13 More Uses for Cedarwood Essential Oil

In addition to using cedarwood essential oil for your skin and hair, there are many other great uses for cedarwood essential oil. These include…

1. Aches and Pains…Cedarwood oil, especially Himalayan cedarwood, is a natural analgesic. This means that cedarwood essential oil can help get rid of any aches and pains. Many over-the-counter and prescription topically applied pain lotions and creams that are used to treat joint and muscle pain actually contain cedarwood essential oil.

To use cedarwood essential oil to help cure aches and pains, try one of the following…

  • Hot Bath…Take a hot bath with five drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • Massage Oil…Blend eight drops cedarwood oil with four teaspoons carrier oil

Blend for Aches and Pains…

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

2. ADHD…Cedarwood oil has been used to help children with ADHD. The oil is believed to be able to help these kids stay focused, and also to boost their learning capacity. In recent studies, children suffering from ADHD have been shown to have experienced improvements in brain activity and fewer ADHD symptoms after using cedarwood essential oil.

To use cedarwood essential oil to help you stay focused, try one of the following…

  • Inhalant…Inhale deeply while holding a bottle of cedarwood essential oil three times a day.

Blend for ADHD and Improving Focus/Learning Capacity

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil

3. Anxiety and Stress…Cedarwood essential oil has natural sedative properties.

The calming effect of cedarwood essential oil can be helpful for anyone having to  combat stress, anxiety, and depression…or looking for a decent, uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Cedarwood essential oil contains cedrol, a substance that promotes the release of serotonin in the brain. This serotonin is converted into melatonin and, as a result,  encourages restful sleep and helps you calm down and relax.

  • Diffusion…Diffuse cedarwood essential oil in a diffuser machine
  • Inhalant…To use cedarwood essential oil to combat stress, anxiety, and insomnia, try simply inhaling the oil straight from the bottle or from a handkerchief whenever you start feeling weird.

Blend for Anxiety, Stress, and Insomnia

  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil…
  • Massage into the body and heels of your feet before bedtime…

4. Arthritis and Rheumatism…Cedarwood oil, especially Himalayan cedarwood, acts as an anti-inflammatory properties.  This makes cedarwood essential oil great for people suffering from pains and stiffness of the joints—such as people with arthritis and rheumatism.

The best ways to use cedarwood essential oil to help treat arthritis and rheumatism both topical—as a massage oil, or added to a hot bath.

  • Bath Soak…Add five to ten drops to your hot bathwater.
  • Massage Oil…Dilute eight drops of cedarwood oil with a carrier oil. Rub into the affected joints and muscles.

Blend for Arthritis and Rheumatism

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

5. Athlete’s Foot and Other Fungal Infections…Cedarwood essential oil is a antibacterial and antifungal agent that can be used effectively in treating a variety of fungal infections—such as athlete’s foot and toenail infections.

Blend for Athlete’s Foot and Toenail Infections

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

6. Bad Odors…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural deodorizer that can be used to freshen the air in your home. The oil can have long-lasting therapeutic effects for both you and your home.

The oil is used in many perfume and oil blends to add a warm, pleasant, wood-like scent that is both reassuring and comforting.

  • Diffuser…In order to not only deodorize your home…but also to create a calming, mood, try using the oil in your diffuser—either alone, or combine with two drops each of sandalwood and wild orange essential oils
  • Garbage Can Anti-Groucher…In order to keep your garbage cans from smelling like Oscar the Grouch just farted in there, combine several drops oto a spray bottle with water and spray it around garbage cans and anywhere where musty smells can erupt

Blend for Getting Rid of Bad Odors…Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Use to dust as you would regular furniture polish.

  • 1/3C water
  • 1/2Tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 8 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil

7. Coughs and Other Respiratory Problems…Cedarwood essential oil, especially Himalayan cedarwood, has antispasmodic ability. This simply means that cedarwood essential oil can be used to help with respiratory problems—such as colds, the flu, congestion, and asthma.

Cedarwood essential oil helps to clear phlegm and other breathing difficulties that come hand in hand with your flu or cold. Cedarwood essential oil also helps to relieve other symptoms of a cold such as a headache and watery eyes.

  • Chest Rub…Combine eight drop of cedarwood essential oil with 4tsp of a carrier oil.  Massage onto your chest and neck area before going to sleep at night.
  • Inhalant…Sniff the oil directly from the bottle when needed.
  • Steam Bath…Make a steam bath by adding a few drops to a sink full of hot water. Cover your head with a towel, Inhale the vapors for five minutes.

Blend for Coughs and Other Respiratory Problem

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

8. Cuts, Scrapes, and Minor Wounds…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural antiseptic that can help cuts, scrapes, and minor wounds and skin damage by keeping the area from becoming infected.

To use cedarwood essential oil to treat minor wounds and skin damage, try…

  • Massage Oil…Add a few drops of cedarwood oil to coconut oil and massage gently onto any cuts, scrapes, or minor wounds.

Blend for Cuts, Scrapes, and Minor Wounds

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

9. Insects….Cedarwood essential oil is a natural insect repellant that is able to repel mosquitos, ants, ticks, fleas, and other bugs.

  • Bed Spray…Spray a diluted mixture of cedarwood essential oil on your bed sheets and pillows.
  • Bug Spray…Add five drops of cedarwood essential oil to an ounce of water. Add several drops of a carrier oil to the spray mixture to help absorb it into your skin easier. Spray on your skin.
  • Diffuser…Use cedarwood essential oil in your diffuser.
  • Dog Spray…Carefully spray your dog with a diluted cedarwood essential oil mixture of six drops of cedarwood essential oil and one ounce of water.
  • Entry Barrier…Spray cedarwood essential oil on screens and around doorways to keep fleas and other insects from entering the home in the first place.
  • Furniture Spray…Spray diluted cedarwood essential oil on your furniture to keep pests away.
  • Mosquito Repellant.. Add cedarwood essential oil to lemon eucalyptus essential oil  to make a powerful and natural mosquito blend.
  • Moth Deterrent…Dip cotton balls in cedarwood essential oil. Place them in your closet, on your hangers and inside of storage boxes.

10. Poor Muscle Tone…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural astringent that can tighten the skin, improve muscle tone, and leave you feeling rejuvenated.

  • Massage Oil…Dillute cedarwood essential oil with a suitable carrier oil—such as coconut, jojoba and almond oil.

11. Restless Leg Syndrome…Cedarwood essential oil can help relieve the symptoms of restless legs syndrome, the uncontrollable urge to move your legs constantly, because of its calming and soothing properties.

Blend for Restless Legs Syndrome

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

12. Stress…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural sedative with the power to relieve tension and stress that can negatively affect your health. Its sedative properties and calming effects of cedarwood essential oil can help combat stress, depression, anxiety

The aroma of cedarwood essential oil promotes the release of serotonin in the brain which gets converted to melatonin which encourages restful sleep and a calm mind.

  • Diffuser…Diffuse cedarwood essential oil in a diffuser machine.
  • Inhalant…Simply inhale cedarwood essential oil from the bottle or put a few drops on a handkerchief and breathe it in whenever you feel the need.

Blend for Stress Relief…

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

13. Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Trouble, Hypertension, and High Blood Pressure…Cedarwood is a natural diuretic that can increase the frequency of urination. This means that cedarwood essential oil can promote both the volume of urine produced and the frequency at which a person urinates. This is important is getting rid of any toxins, fats, and excess water.

  • Massage Oil…Try rubbing a few drops of cedarwood oil into your abdomen or bladder region.

Blend for Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Trouble, Hypertension, and High Blood Pressure

  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

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Cedarwood Essential Oil—The What?!

Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from the wood pieces of a cedar tree, including any recycled and repurposed wood chips.

Cedarwood essential oils can be derived from several types of tree.

Typically, there are four major species of cedarwood used in the production of cedarwood essential oils. These evergreen conifers include…

    • Atlas
    • Himalayan
    • Texas
    • Virginia

The essential oil is created by the process of steam distillation.

As far as aroma, cedarwood has a warm, woodsy aroma that is comforting and reassuring. The oil is often used to add a warm tone to perfumes and oil mixtures.

As far as blending, cedarwood oil blends well with the following oils…

 

  • Benzoin
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Ravensara
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver

 

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April Essential Oil of the Month—Chamomile—The How?

 

Chamomile; German Chamomile; Hungarian Chamomile; Camomile; Matricaria recutita; Chamomilla recutita; Matricaria chamomilla

We are all familiar with chamomile tea, having been read The Tale of Peter Rabbit,  written by Beatrix Potter in 1902, and hearing how chamomile tea was given to Peter after being chased by Mr McGregor.

But chamomile tea has been around since the Indian days, at least.

And it seemed like the Indians enjoyed their chamomile tea. The Tzeltal Mayan Indians in the highlands of southern Mexico brew chamomile tea with an orange and a lime leaf to “lift the mood.” Aleuts brewed chamomile tea to alleviate gas. Drinking the tea was a Cherokee trick for “regularity.”

 

Today chamomile tea remains one of the most popular varieties of tea in the market. In fact more than one million cups of chamomile tea are consumed per day.

But not only has chamomile used for nearly 5,000 years for chamomile tea. Throughout the centuries, there have been many other uses also, including…

 

Bath Soaks…Lavender Chamomile Bath Soak…Combine 1C Epsom Salt, the contents of 2 chamomile tea bags in a blender. Pulverize into a fine powder. Add 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil and 5 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil.

Candles

  • Place soy wax chips in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until completely melted.
  • Attach a wooden candle wick to its metal tab. Dip the tab in melted wax. Center at bottom of a glass jar.
  • Heat 1Tbsp cooking oil on a stovetop. Steep two chamomile tea bags and 10 drops lavender essential oil until the oil is scented.
  • Remove the tea-infused oil from the heat.
  • Combine tea-infused and oil and the melted wax together.
  • Slowly pour the mixture into your glass jar. Let the wax  cool and solidify. Trim the wood wick.

 Compresses..Steep a chamomile tea bag in boiling water, as if you were going to drink it. Pour tea into a bowl. Let tea cool completely. Add a few ice cubes. Soak a muslin cloth in the cool tea and squeeze out. Place on eyes or sore area and leave for at least ten minutes.

Hand Rinse…Chamomile has been used as a hand rinse for gamblers needing good luck, because of its supposed magical ability to attract money…Steep a chamomile teabag as if you were making yourself a cup of tea. Set aside 1/4C of the tea to cool. Combine ¼C liquid castile soap, ¾tsp olive oil, 8 drops chamomile essential oil, and several drops of Vitamin E oil. Add tea when completely cooled. Mix ingredients well. Pour into a labeled pump bottle.

 

Liqueur...Chamomile has also been used as a flavoring agent for liqueurs such as Benedictine and vermouth…so why not tequila?!

  • Measure out 1C reposado tequila. Add two chamomile tea bags. Let steep thirty minutes. Place this mixture in the fridge for later.
  • Combine 1/2C honey, 2tsp dried lavender, and 1/2C water in a small saucepan over medium heat and warm, stirring once or twice, until the honey melts to make a simple syrup.
  • Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice.
  • Shake 2oz of the tequila mixture, 3/4oz of the simple syrup, 3/4oz freshly squeezed lime juice, and a dash of bitters in a cocktail shaker.

Mouthwash…

  • Combine 1/4C witch hazel, 1/4C aloe vera juice, 1/8C distilled water. Add two drops of chamomile essential oil and two drops of mint essential oil. Shake well. After thirty minutes, set the mixture in the fridge.
  • To use, combine 2Tbsp mixture with 1/4C warm water. 

Perfume…Perfume has been made from the pulverized dry flowers.

  • Combine 6 drops lavender essential oil, 10 drops chamomile essential oil, 1Tbsp carrier oil, and 3Tbsp vodka. Shake well. Place in a dark bottle. Let mixture remain undisturbed for two days.
  • After two days, add 2C distilled water. Let mixture stand for at least three weeks in a cool, dark place.
  • After this time, filter the mixture. Store it in a glass bottle that has a stopper.
  • To use, dab on pulse points.

 

 

 

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Essential Oil of the Month—March 2018—Bergamot

Chamomile; German Chamomile; Hungarian Chamomile; Camomile; Matricaria recutita; Chamomilla recutita; Matricaria chamomilla

When I first heard of bergamot essential oil and found out that it was a citrus fruit, my initial reaction was, “Gee, I’ve never heard of that before. Let’s go to Sprouts and go buy some bergamot oranges.”

But nestled among all the other citrus fruits, there was no sign of the bergamot orange.

Perhaps because the bergamot orange itself is inedible? Kinda like the penguin who can’t fly in the bird world, right?!

Anyway, bergamot essential oil is extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit that is the size of an orange and has a taste that is much sweeter than your typical lemon.

The bergamot orange is the most delicate of the citrus plants, requiring the special climate and soil found mainly in the Mediterranean. For this reason, most of the oranges used to make bergamot essential oil will have been harvested from trees located in the Ionian Sea coastal areas of the province of Reggio di Calabria in the southern part of Italy. Considering that the production of three ounces of bergamot oil requires one hundred bergamot oranges, there must be too many trees there to count(?!)…

 

If you’re like me, you’ve been enjoying the benefits and taste of bergamot for years without even realizing it. This is because an essence from the skin of the bergamot orange is extracted and used to give Earl Grey tea its distinctively citrus aroma and flavor.

And even though the bergamot orange is supposedly inedible, the bergamot orange is still used in Italian cooking to make Turkish delight and marmalade such as this recipe from The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders.

 

 

 

As far as essential oils are concerned, bergamot has a very strong, very sweet citrus-based scent with a hint of florals and a strange spiciness. It is considered to be uplifting and relaxing, and blends particularly well with sandalwood, jasmine, and rosemary.

 

As far as the best uses for bergamot essential uses, here are a few of the best reasons to open the bottle…(no, not that bottle of whiskey or gin…the bottle of essential oil that you only spent how much for(?!))…

 

1. Aches and Pains...Bergamot essential oil stimulates the secretion of certain hormones which lessen the sensitivity of nerves to pain and help reduce the feeling of pain in the body. This makes bergamot essential oil an excellent choice for using topically when you are seeking quick relief from muscle cramps and headaches.

 

2.  Anxiety…Bergamot stimulates the activity of certain hormones in the body, like dopamine and serotonin, and improves blood circulation. This makes bergamot essential oil a good choice when you are looking for an essential oil that will help the most in relieving stress and anxiety, and soothing frazzled nerves…and helping to treat stress-associated ailments such as high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression.

 

3.  Cardiovascular Disease…The iconic coast of Italy in the Calabria region, where the bergamot orange is grown, is an area where people have experienced low incidents of cardiovascular diseases for generations. The soil in the region supposedly has some secret “fountain on youth” potion that results in the fruits and vegetables having been grown there, such as the bergamot orange, positively affecting your cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL and blood glucose level.

 

4.  Deodorants…The refreshing aroma and natural cleansing/disinfectant properties of bergamot oil make this an excellent choice whenever you are considering which essential oil to be used in deodorant or household cleaners and air fresheners.

 

5.  Digestive System…According to traditional Chinese medicine, bergamot essential oil is the best treatment for keeping your your digestive system work properly. So if you’re needing anything pertaining to your digestive system and pooping mechanisms—indigestion, gas, constipation—this is probably the essential oil of choice.

 

6.  Respiratory…Bergamot essential oil is one of the best essential oils for anyone suffering from respiratory problems or asthma…

Honestly, this is the one essential oil that I made a special trip to Whole Foods to buy as soon as we completed last month’s journey to Cook’s Children’s Hospital after the “resident four year old” had an asthma attack.

Much rather breathe in bergamot and cough up that phlegm and mucus, than breathe in a deep sigh of relief when you finally leave the pediatric ward and have to cough up enough to pay for an ambulance ride and two night vacation with room service.

Might be using bergamot in my diffuser for a long, long while now…

 

7.  Skincare…Bergamot is used extensively in such cosmetic and skincare products as creams, lotions, shampoos, soaps, cleansers, and perfume. In fact, about one-third of all men’s and about half of women’s perfumes contain bergamot essential oil.

One main reason that bergamot is used in these products is its ability to help more evenly distribute pigments and melanin when used to help heal marks on the skin, such as wounds and scars and acne. Using bergamot topically to treat such marks allows these marks to gradually fade away into a more even, attractive skin tone instead of leaving noticeable scars on the affected areas for many years.

Also, bergamot acts as an antiseptic agent that allows for fast healing of not only wounds as previously mentioned, but also helps heal cracked heels, ulcers, and eczema.

 

Bergamot Rollerball Stress Mess…Combine 3 drops grapefruit essential oil, 2 drops frankincense essential oil, and 2 drops bergamot essential oil in a dark rollerball bottle. Fill remainder of bottle with a light carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Apply to pulse points as needed. Store in a cool, dark place.