Unlock the Rejuvenating Benefits of Cedarwood Oil

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What is Cedarwood Oil?

Cedarwood oil is an essential oil extracted from the wood of cedar trees, most commonly the Atlas Cedar tree (Cedrus atlantica). It has a rich, woody aroma and a deep yellow color.

Cedarwood oil contains compounds like alpha cedrene, beta cedrene, cedrol, widdrol, and thujopsene that are responsible for its therapeutic effects. It exhibits sedative, antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-hyperlipidemic (reducing fat levels in blood), antifungal, and insecticidal properties.

I have been using cedarwood oil for a few months and noticed it provides calming and relaxing effects on both body and mind. Let’s look at some of its key rejuvenating benefits in detail:

Promotes Hair Growth and Treats Dandruff

Cedarwood oil can stimulate hair follicles and increase circulation in the scalp. This helps regrow hair that has been lost due to conditions like alopecia.

It also has antifungal properties that help fight dandruff caused by fungal infections on the scalp. Applying a few drops of cedarwood oil mixed with a carrier oil onto the scalp treats flaky and itchy scalp conditions.

I use a weekly cedarwood hair oil mask that has reduced dandruff and makes my hair fuller and healthier.

Reduces Skin Inflammation and Acne

Applying diluted cedarwood oil helps manage skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis characterized by red, inflamed and itchy skin. The anti-inflammatory action helps calm irritation.

It also has antiseptic properties that inhibit bacteria causing acne breakouts on the skin. With regular use, cedarwood oil can reduce acne and outbreaks of pimples and blemishes.

Twice a week, I apply it overnight to cleanse my skin and wake up to reduced acne and a healthy glow.

Aids Sleep and Relieves Insomnia

Cedarwood oil has mild sedative and calming properties. Inhaling cedarwood oil by adding a few drops onto your pillowcase and sheets or using an oil diffuser helps induce the release of serotonin which makes you feel relaxed and ready for a good night’s rest.

By regulating melatonin secretion, it establishes regular and healthy sleep patterns for people suffering from insomnia. Putting 2-3 drops in a warm bath before bed helps me unwind, relieve stress and sleep better.

Detoxifies the Body

Cedarwood oil stimulates circulation and blood flow enabling the efficient transport of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. It also stimulates lymph drainage and urination which removes toxins, excess water, and waste products.

By removing impurities from the blood it protects vital organs like the liver and kidneys from harmful toxins and deposits. All this helps cleanse and detox the entire system.

Elevates Mood and Relieves Stress

The woody, comforting aroma of cedarwood oil triggers the release of serotonin and dopamine in the brain which are neurochemicals that reduce anxiety and elevate mood.

Inhaling cedarwood oil is also associated with increased secretion of melatonin which has a calming effect. This is why the warming scent of cedarwood dispels negativity and induces relaxation.

I often diffuse 5-6 drops of the oil in my workspace which creates a soothing environment that makes me feel less stressed.

Provides Pain Relief

Cedarwood oil has mild analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects that relieve joint and muscle pain such as arthritis, rheumatism, and backaches when massaged over the affected area.

It works by improving blood circulation around the tissues and bringing warmth and oxygenation to ease stiffness and discomfort. This helps provide safe and natural pain relief.


With powerful health benefits ranging from hair growth to detoxification and pain relief, cedarwood oil is a handy natural remedy to include in your self-care rituals. Start by adding a few drops to your bath, shower, oil diffuser or skincare to unlock its rejuvenating effects. Make sure to always blend it with a carrier oil before topical application.

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