Benefits of Cedar Oil
Cedar oil is extracted from the barks of a cedar tree. The wood chips or saw dusts are normally subjected to steam distillation thereby extracting the oil. The cedar oil has a pencil like, woody soft smell and it can be seen as light orange to light yellow color. This oil can be traced back to ancient times when Egyptians used to apply it on the dead during the mummification process. It is also said that the cedar tree was used by Solomon to build the Jerusalem temple. Below are some of the benefits of cedar oil.
1. Relieves skin problems
Cedar oil has various benefits on the skin. It has a sedating ability which helps to relieve itching of the skin. Its astringent action helps cure oily skin, acne and hair dandruff. Cedar wool has also been seen to work on skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. It reduces the peeling off of the skin through regularizing the sebum production and treats the infection thereof. In the case of wounds, cedar oil protects the wounds from germs and tetanus. Overall it prevents the wounds from being septic.
2. Insect repellant
The cedar oil is a natural insect repellent and is particularly effective on fleas. You can also mix cedar oil with other kinds of natural oils like lemongrass oil and citronella to repel other types of insects such as mosquitoes.
3. Therapeutic uses
Cedar oil aids in revitalizing and restoring energy in the body. It soothes all the nerves in the body and in this manner invigorates the body completely. By so doing, it stabilizes the body’s function and creates a sense of well-being. It not only relaxes the body but also the mind helping it to alleviate stress.
Cedar oil can irritate the skin especially when used in a high concentration and should not be used in pregnancy.