Are you wanting to learn more about cedarwood essential oil? Are you looking for some great cedarwood essential oil uses and benefits? Cedarwood is a very popular oil with lots of amazing benefits!

Cedarwood Essential Oil

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Why You Should Use Cedarwood Essential Oil!

As I mentioned above, cedarwood is a very popular oil. Today we are going to discuss some of the best uses for cedarwood essential oil!

Scientific Name

First let’s look at the scientific name of the cedarwood that I use.

It is Juniperus viginiana.

This might not seem important, but trust me, it is! Some essential oils have lots of different species. Some of these species can be harmful. So it is important when purchasing an essential oil to make sure that you read the full scientific name so that you know what you are getting.

For example, eucalyptus essential oil is an oil that I use on my kids for respiratory concerns and immune support. But, some varieties of eucalyptus essential oil can actually stop a small child’s breathing! We’ll discuss this more in a future post.

What is cedarwood and where does it come from?

Juniperus virginiana, also known as the Red Cedar, is native to the eastern North America.

The essential oil is steam distilled from the wood.

What does cedarwood smell like?

Cedarwood has a deep, earthy, wood-like scent.

Essential Oil History

Cedarwood has been historically used by many Native American cultures to make bows for hunting, and poles to mark hunting territories. It is said that they burned cedarwood to make smoke to drive away evil spirits.

Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses

So now that we’ve discussed name, origin, scent and a few history facts let’s delve right into what cedarwood is used for and how it will benefit you!

Let me first say that I am not a doctor! All of the information that I provide on this site is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe. Please read my disclaimer page and/or the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for a full disclaimer statement.

Cedarwood Essential Oil Benefits

There are many listed benefits of cedarwood!

According to Be Young Total Health, recent research on cedarwood indicates that a compound contained in the wood called cedrol has a strong benefit on our skin. It has been used by many influential actors and rulers around the world to keep the skin looking youthful. It is also listed as being calming to the mind and emotions.

If you would like to find essential oil recipes then be sure to check out the Essential Oil Recipes for Beauty & Body Care Binder! It contains recipes for skin care that, as an Aromatherapist, I have been asked to create for clients over and over again. Trust me, they will change your life!

According to JennScents Institute’s Introduction to Holistic Aromatherapy, cedarwood is also good for acne, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, UTI, and it kills fire ants,  just to name a few.

Also in Dr. Schnaubelt’s book Advanced Aromatherapy, he includes cedarwood essential oil in a recipe that he shares to stimulate circulation for cellulite.

It is also said to be a great oil for keeping ants, fleas and other pesky bugs away!


A contraindication is a medical reason for not using something. In this case it is a medical reason for why you should not use cedarwood.

There is insufficient reliable information available as to whether or not cedarwood is safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Consult your healthcare provider before using cedarwood essential oil while breastfeeding or pregnant.


You also want to make sure that you are using a good quality cedarwood.

As an Aromatherapist I would never recommend buying an essential oil at a local store. I can almost guarantee you that it is not a pure oil.

There are no government regulations on essential oils, so an oil can be diluted by up to 50% and still be marketed as a pure oil. It can be diluted with a carrier oil, or with a synthetic substance and still be called pure. How scary is that?! Definitely not something I want to use, especially for my family! You have to be so careful when choosing your brand.

Which Brand of Essentials Oils Should I Use?

So make sure that you know and trust your source. If you have a brand that you feel confident in you can use that. If you aren’t sure about where to get cedarwood, or if you would like to check out the brand that I use, you can find it on my shop page Healing Blends For Life.

Where to Buy at discounted prices!

If you are interested in learning how you can buy my preferred brand of essential oils at a discounted price check out my Essential Oil page!

Also, if you are new to essential oils and would like to learn more about how to use them, be sure to take my FREE Essential Oils for Beginners Course!

I hope you enjoy cedarwood as much as I do!

Also please come back after using cedarwood and comment below with your opinion of the oil!

What do you like most about cedarwood essential oil? Did you experience any results after using cedarwood? If so what were they? Do you have any additional uses to add to the above list?

I can’t wait to read your comments!

If you are interested in reading more Essential Oil posts, here are the links to help you find them:

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4.Why You Should Use Turmeric Essential Oil

5.Why You Should Use Geranium Essential Oil

6.Why You Should Use Myrrh Essential Oil

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8.Why You Should Use Cypress Essential Oil

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11.Why You Should Use Ginger Essential Oil

12. Why You Should Use Nutmeg Essential Oil

13. Why You Should Use Lavender Essential Oil

14. Why You Should Use Peppermint Essential Oil

15. Why You Should Use Lemon Essential Oil

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17. Why You Should Use Rosemary Essential Oil

18. Why You Should Use Rose Essential Oil

19. Why You Should Use Bergamot Essential Oil

20. Why You Should Use Grapefruit Essential Oil

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