Himalayan Cedarwood trees (a close relative of Atlas Cedarwood) were thought to be indestructible for centuries. By using Himalayan Cedarwood essential oil, we have the chance to embody and harness that same strength.
Himalayan Cedarwood has a rich earthy aroma with slightly sweeter notes than Atlas Cedarwood. It ‘empowers the lungs’ according to various aromatherapy experts. When life’s challenges surface unexpectedly, diffusing Himalayan Cedarwood can help support your emotions. It is harmonizing and subtly relaxing. Typically, it pairs well with a range of other essential oils.
Derived from the wood of Himalayan evergreen trees through a steam distillation process, Himalayan Cedarwood essential oil is gorgeously aromatic. The cedar tree is from ancient Egypt, to India, Tibet, the Mediterranean, and North America.
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Botanical Name: Cedrus deodara
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Wood
Synonym: Deodar Cedarwood
Blends Well With: Patchouli, Sandalwood, and woods
Aroma: Rich, woody, warm, earthy, and slightly-sweet
Color: Clear - Pale Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 4-8 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- The chemotype of Cedarwood known by its Latin name, Cedrus deodara, and also referred to Chinese Cedarwood, is used for many things both emotional and physical. Diffusing Himalayan Cedarwood qualities can help support your emotions, harmonizing and relaxing the spirit and bringing peace - making it a good choice for sleep and meditation blends enhancing ones self realization. It has a woodsy and earthy aromatic that also presents the user with its security and comfort. For respiratory blends medicinally, Cedarwood oil opens the breath and supports the immune system and in skin care products it can calm irritations and itchiness. Physically, in blends to support the muscles and joints it will bring pain relief to ease achy joints.
- As a base note and oil derived from the wood of the tree, Cedarwood makes a good fixative to blends. Its aroma can help to diffuse spicy aromatics and make them gentler for topical blends. With floral and citrus oils, Cedarwood Atlas can help to enhance their calming and antianxiety effects. Try Cedarwood with Sweet Orange, Bergamot and Tangerine as well as with florals such as Lavender, Rose and Neroli. To enhance the grounding effects of Cedarwood, try adding other wood and resinous base note oils such as Sandalwood, Frankincense. With Cypress and Tea Tree, Cedarwood is an excellent choice added to skin care blends.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them are by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Cedarwood essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- There are numerous mentions of an improvement in hair growth using essential oils on line, in particular Cedarwood, but not an plethora of research studies none of which were found to mention the chemotype studied. However, in one summarized study on Cedarwood essential oil, a group of eighty-six patients diagnosed as having alopecia areata in which a person suffers from a hair loss causing patches of baldness, results found that 44% of the active group patients showed improvement compared with only 6 in the control group. More studies are needed to confirm these findings.
- Most of what we know about essential oils and pregnancy comes from an educated understanding. With that being said, during your first trimester or if you are having a difficult pregnancy or are considered high-risk, we do not recommend using essential oils at all. We do, however, recommend, after the first trimester, to use essential oils minimally at a 1% dilution if used topically so that you don't overwhelm your system. Always remember that less is more and that you only need a few drops to reap the relaxing benefits of essential oil and to protect your baby. As far as diffusing, it is recommended that you do not diffuse for long periods of time and use only in a well-ventilated room. For example, try opening a window while your diffuser is running. With that being said, yes you can use Cedarwood after the first trimester but at very low doses and never undiluted.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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DIFFUSION: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Cedarwood (Himalayan), 5 drops of Eucalyptus and 5 drops of Rosemary. Or add this blend to your Thera Lux Nebulizing Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
SKIN MIST: To a 4 ounce spray bottle add: 10 drops of Cedarwood (Himalayan), 5 drops of Carrot Seed, 15 drops of Frankincense and 10 drops of Lavender (Bulgarian or French), then fill with witch hazel and Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer's recommended amount). Shake well before spritzing on body. Shelf life: 1 week (2% dilution)
SUGAR SCRUB: To exfoliate the skin and smooth the appearance mix together: 6 drops of Cedarwood (Himalayan), 4 drops of Geranium, 10 drops of Cypress, 12 drops of Tangerine and 10 drops of Frankincense with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of Jojoba and 1/4 cup of Sesame. Stir to mix well. Use as a last step in the shower, on wet skin. Gently massage 1 tablespoon at a time over the entire body. Rinse away the sugar to leave the oils behind to work their magic. Note: Use a spoon to scoop out. Do not get wet to avoid contamination (2% dilution)
SHAMPOO: Add to 1 tablespoon of your shampoo: 1 drop of Cedarwood (Himalayan) and 2 drops of Tea Tree. Massage well into the scalp and hair; rinse well before using conditioner.
NOURISHED SKIN: Add to a 2 ounce bottle: 2 drops of Cedarwood (Himalayan), 2 drops of Carrot Seed, 4 drops of Geranium, 6 drops of Frankincense and 6 drops of Lavender (Bulgarian or French), then fill with Argan oil. Apply after shower or bath to seal in moisture and nourish body and soul. (1.7% dilution)
FRAGRANT SACHET: Fill an empty sachet bag with dried flowers, herbs or cotton balls. Add: 6-10 drops of Cedarwood (Himalayan) to the sachet filling; close and place the sachet in drawers, or hang in your closet.
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