Cedarwood essential oil has historically been used for its strong antiseptic, calming and insect-repelling properties, and the essential oil can very much help in the same way. Cedarwood is a unsung hero in our household: It is a an oil that I use much more than I give it credit for, and as a very affordable woody scent (it comes from the fast-growing and easily sustainable Red Cedarwood tree) it is a great alternative to some of the more expensive oils when using in your home environment.
Cedarwood affects the nervous and respiratory body systems. It is a great enhancer and equaliser, and its properties are antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic (urinary and pulmonary), insect repellent, diuretic and calming. Calming and anti-insect equals a very peaceful evening, right? I am writing this during a long leisurely summer in France, and its on the garden table, together with Lavender, in the condiment basket. Ok, careful here, Cedarwood is NOT meant for consumption, it just gets added to candles, see below.
Emotionally Cedarwood essential oil is the oil of community, and it is a wonderful oil to use when you are feeling lonely or separate from your community. It teaches us that life is a shared experience, and that support is available if we just ask for it. I for one tend often to barge ahead on my own, which sometimes leads to feeling stuck. When I feel discouraged as a result, I realise that often I am drawn to Cedarwood, and really enjoy inhaling it straight from the bottle.
Cedarwood blends beautifully with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender and Juniper. I particularly love to blend it with Lavender, which sometimes is a little too sweet on its own. Diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle, and you may use it topically, but dilute with a carrier oil, applying it to reflex points or directly on an area of concern.
Below are a few of my primary uses, go ahead and use and change as you feel works best for you:
Diffuse 4 drops Cedarwood and 2 drops Lavender in my husbands' study.
Combine up to 6 drops of any of the above mentioned oils to your liking and use as an evening blend.
10 drops each in a 250ml spray bottle with distilled water and a teaspoon of witch hazel (use vodka as an alternative) for a calming pillow or room spray.
Add a few drops to the wax pool in unscented container candles to to instantly create an inexpensive and toxin free anti-mosquito candle (use soy instead of paraffin candles).
Empty bottles are kept without caps in our wardrobe until the scent has completely vanished, and a few drops are regularly added to the blocks of cedarwood that I keep there to discourage moths naturally. I also use the above pillow spray in my linen cabinet to keep bedding moth free and summer scented.
For emotional application, dilute 3-4 drops in a 5ml roller with carrier oil and apply on pulse points or to bottom of your feet.