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Cedarwood Oil Uses and Benefits

Essential Oil Spotlight

The warm, woody scent of Cedarwood oil, or Cedar oil, offers numerous benefits to the user. Not only does Cedarwood oil produce a grounding aroma that promotes feelings of vitality and wellness, it also has many applications for everyday life. Whether you are using Cedarwood oil topically or aromatically to improve skin imperfections, to keep insects at bay, or to promote vitality during a workout, the uses and benefits of this oil are almost limitless.

Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

  • Because it is a grounding oil that can promote emotional balance, Cedarwood oil is a good essential oil to diffuse at the end of a long day when you want to create a relaxing environment. Cedarwood oil holds calming and grounding properties for both the mind and body, making it a popular oil for topical as well as aromatic use. When diffusing Cedarwood oil, use three to four drops in the essential oil diffuser of your choice and enjoy the grounding, calming effects that this oil has to offer.
  • If you want to improve your exercise routine, Cedarwood oil can provide an extra boost of vitality before a workout. Because it promotes wellness and vitality, Cedarwood oil is a fitting companion for any physical activity—no matter your workout style. Before exercising, massage one to two drops onto your chest to maintain vitality throughout your workout, and enjoy the vitality-boosting benefits of Cedarwood oil.
  • Did you know that many people use Cedarwood oil for skin due to its purifying abilities? You can easily incorporate Cedarwood oil into your daily facial routine by simply adding one to two drops of Cedarwood oil to your facial toner or moisturizer for added clarifying properties. The cleansing properties of Cedarwood oil can also help improve the appearance of skin imperfections. When you notice a new skin imperfection, directly apply one drop of Cedarwood oil to affected area to immediately improve its appearance.
  • Cedarwood oil’s chemical makeup makes it effective at repelling insects. When working in the garden, consider adding Cedarwood oil to your mulch or topsoil to help keep insects at bay. To keep bugs away during seasons when insects are a threat, you can create your own essential oil bug repellant formula using doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and Cedarwood oil (simply apply to the body before going outside).
  • Cedarwood oil is known to promote relaxation, and can be used in several instances to calm the mind. For example, when your child wakes up scared after a nightmare, apply Cedarwood oil to the bottom of his or her feet to help promote a peaceful, settled feeling. When you find yourself distressed by unfamiliar situations, inhale the aroma of Cedarwood oil to promote calming emotions. When it comes to promoting calming, grounding feelings, Cedarwood oil is a helpful companion.
  • Diffusing Cedarwood oil in your home, office, or workspace can help promote feelings of confidence and self-esteem. The warm, herbaceous aroma of Cedarwood oil is grounding and can help evoke feelings of wellness. When striving to promote confident feelings or feelings of self-esteem, diffuse two drops of Cedarwood oil with two drops of Wintergreen in the essential oil diffuser of your choice.

Cedarwood essential oil bottles. Cedarwood tree logs. How do I use Cedarwood oil? Cedarwood essential oil is useful for massage, skin care, repelling moths, and calming the emotions.

Where to Buy Cedarwood Essential Oil

Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of Cedarwood oil for yourself? Visit our Cedarwood oil page to learn more about ordering your own. As you build your essential oil collection, you’ll want to ensure that you are using high quality, pure essential oils—rather than synthetic, poorly tested oils that are popular in the industry today. With the doTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade™ testing process, doTERRA oils remain at a high quality level. Once you purchase your own doTERRA Cedarwood oil, take a look at the uses and benefits section below to get the most out of your product.

Plant Description

There are many types of cedar trees, but all are coniferous, evergreen trees from the cypress family. The red cedar tree is able to withstand extreme climates, and can tolerate most soil types. This ability may come from the cold, high altitude climates cedar trees are natively from. Depending on soil conditions, the tree can reach anywhere from 16 to nearly 100 feet high. It is also a species with an unusually long lifespan, with some trees reaching 900 years old. doTERRA Cedarwood oil comes from the wood of the species Juniperus virginiana, more commonly known as the red cedar. The red cedar is a species of juniper that provides a very fragrant aroma—making it perfect for essential oil production.

History of Cedarwood Essential oil

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The use of cedar oil from different trees, and cedar wood in general has a long historical past. The cedar of Lebanon is thought to be one of the first essential oils extracted from nature. The Sumerians regarded the cedar tree to be the Tree of Life. Ancient tribes believed God held the energy of the Cosmos in the cedar and that the wood was sacred, gifting those worthy with power, greatness, and immortality. The Egyptians incorporated it into their embalming rituals. The Phoenicians and Assyrians even used cedar to build fleets of ships.


Chemistry of Cedarwood Essential Oil

Main Chemical Components: α-cedrene, cedrol, thujosene

What is the chemistry of Cedarwood oil like? Cedarwood falls under a group of chemicals known as sesquiterpenes. Essential oils that contain sesquiterpenes are commonly known for their ability to promote grounding and balance of emotions when used aromatically. Cedarwood oil includes the main sesquiterpene constituents cedrene, and thujopsene, which help improve the appearance of skin and promote grounding of emotions and emotional balance. Similar to Vetiver, Patchouli, and Sandalwood oil, Cedar oil is commonly known as a grounding oil because of its chemical makeup.

Bottle of Cedarwood essential oil, cedarwood tree shavings, glass dishes. The soothing nature of Cedarwood oil makes it useful for promoting relaxation and calming the skin.
Cedarwood oil bottle on a plate. Cedarwood essential oil has a variety of benefits and can be used to promote relaxation, soothe the skin, calm the mind, and naturally repel bugs.

Oils that blend well with Cedarwood oil

As a warm, woody essential oil, Cedarwood oil produces an aroma that is reminiscent of the outdoors. Because of its warm properties, Cedarwood oil blends well with herbal oils like Clary Sage, woody oils like Cypress, and even other spicy essential oils like Frankincense. Cedarwood oil also blends well with Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Thyme, and Vetiver.



Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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