Ya’ll…I LOVE me some Cedarwood essential oil. I don’t mean that I love it the way we all say “I love that movie!” or “I love that dress!” I mean I love me some Cedarwood in a way that I LOVE how it smells! I love the way it makes me feel! I love how it makes my children feel! I truly LOVE Cedarwood! You guys are all like “this girl loves her Cedarwood…but it’s an oil…what’s there to really love about that?” It’s ok…I know I need to break it down for you. And once I do, I know you will LOVE Cedarwood, too!
So here are my top 10 reasons for why the world would be a better place with a little Cedarwood essential oil in everyone’s hands:
1.) Sesquiterpenes, yo!
According to research presented by Dr. David Stewart, “Sesquiterpenes are compounds of three isoprene units, which is fifteen carbons and twenty-four hydrogens per molecule- molecular weight 204 amu. There are more than 10,000 kinds of sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are the principal constituents of Cedarwood (98%), Vetiver (97%), Spikenard (93%), Sandalwood (Aloes) 90%, Black Pepper (74%), Patchouli (71%), Myrrh (62%), and Ginger (59%). They are also found in Galbanum, Onycha, and Frankincense (8%).” There are a ton of things out there on the internet all about sesquiterpenes and how they work within the body – Google is your friend!
2.) Happy scalp, happy hair
My scalp is so much happier with Cedarwood. I rub a few drops in to the top part of my scalp every night before I go to bed. It is absorbed into my scalp within seconds and it’s soothing and calming properties go to work immediately. Scalp massage along has been suggested to improve hair follicle stimulation. Adding Cedarwood to that routine is an excellent way to get a soothing spa-like treatment from the comfort of your own home! Think about the time and money you could save with healthier, shinier hair and scalp from just a few drops of essential oil! TIP: Add a few drops of Cedarwood to your shampoo and/or conditioner for an easy, “don’t forget” way to pamper your scalp!
3.) Just say “Ahhhhhhh”!
Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy aroma that creates a comforting, uplifting experience. Use Cedarwood oil to add its invigorating scent to your life through aromatic and topical uses. We typically like to diffuse Cedarwood at night before bedtime for it’s calming aroma. We have also added Cedarwood to our homemade soaps – especially the ones I make for my guy friends and family! Incorporating Cedarwood in to your nighttime routine is a great way to relax and prepare the mind and body for rest. It’s another reason I like to do my “at home scalp massage” at night! I find that to me, Cedarwood has an almost sweet scent while others pick up on more the woodsy aroma. One of the great things about essential oils is every person’s experience is uniquely their own!
4.) Your scalp isn’t the only place you have skin!
Cedarwood is an excellent addition to DIY beauty products for it’s skin supporting and smoothing properties. You can mix a few drops in to your lotions or other skin care products to boost the healthy skin support you get from those products already. If you are a DIY kind of person, it is easy to make a simple moisturizing lotion with coconut oil, shea butter and Cedarwood essential oil (I also like to add in Lavender and Frankincense or Tea Tree depending on the scent I am going for and my targeted area of use). The great thing about making your own skin care products with Cedarwood is you can completely customize what you use for what your body responds to best!
5.) Enjoy the outdoors annoyance free!
Do you have a garden? Or do you know someone who is an avid gardener? I bet if you ask around, one of the most effective, all natural deterrents for outdoor annoyances you will find is cedar wood chips. I have them on my garden beds and around my garden beds as we speak! So it stands to reason that if it is good enough for our gardens, it should be good enough for our bodies. right? Well, if you are on the hunt for an all natural, effective outdoor annoyance deterrent, Cedarwood is a must for you! I mix up a spray bottle that includes about 10 drops each of Cedarwood essential oil, Palo Santo essential oil, Purification essential oil, Tea Tree essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil, Peppermint essential oil and Lavender essential oil. I add in a pinch or two of Himalayan Salt (just enough to coat the bottom of your bottle and soak in the essential oils) and then fill the rest of the bottle with purified or distilled water. I keep a small bottle of this in my purse and diaper bag for on the go use. I keep the rest of it by the back door. As my kids, dogs, myself and husband or guests go outside, we spray down with this mixture and enjoy the outdoors annoyance free!
6.) Homework Helper to the rescue!
Do you have kids who struggle with focusing on the task at hand – especially when it is time to do homework or lessons (for my homeschooling friends!)? Ya’ll…I have FIVE kids running around this crazy place! I know what it means to not focus! At the end of the day, my kids come home from school all kinds of wound up. Either from being a touch over-tired form a long day of learning and a little bit of playing or from being stuck inside in confining “boxes” of learning all day long, my kids struggle to keep their little bodies calm and in one place. It is simply the nature of the beast per se. I find that when I diffuse Cedarwood, Lavender and Vetiver or Cedarwood, Frankincense and Orange during homework time, we have much happier students and a much less frustrated mom and the end of homework time! I even have a little “Batman Roller” that my son and I made for him that includes Cedarwood, Vetiver, Valor, Frankincense, and Lavender. He would roll it on the back of his neck at homework time (and before going to school) to help promote a calming feeling that allowed him to focus more on the task at hand. We rotate the oils around for him depending on his mood and some days we don’t use anything. It always a happier ending to the day when we do!
7.) Emotional and Educational blocks
Dr. David Stewart shares in his book Healing Oils of the Bible a fascinating concept about learning blocks in the brain. Similar to what you would think about emotional blocks from a traumatic experience, Dr. Stewart suggests that learning blocks essentially keep someone from fully understanding a concept. In his book he gives the example of learning about chemistry. He shares that some people (ahem…me) may have a history of difficulty in understanding chemistry lessons…they have a hard time wrapping their brain around these concepts. Dr. Steward suggests that an application of Cedarwood to the right thumb helps to clear that educational block and allows someone to better understand concepts that were once difficult. He shares an example of doing that in his classes in the book and having great success with it.
8.) Breathe in, Breathe out!
Cedarwood can help maintain proper respiratory function. It’s as simple is dropping a couple of drops on to your chest and around the outer skin of your throat. Rub it in for a few seconds to absorb and enjoy the uplifting and soothing aroma. Apply before bedtime to inhale and get the benefits of proper respiratory function. While you could easily make a chest rub with Cedarwood and coconut oil, I find that it is not as important to spread this around a large surface area as it is to simply get it on the general respiratory area. So dilute your essential oils as you see fit!
9.) It’s got a long and varied history!
Some of Cedarwood’s historical uses include the North Americans using it to enhance spiritual communication. It has also been said to have been used by the Egyptians for embalming their dead. Did you know that the Cherokee believe that cedar wood holds powerful protective spirits for the Cherokee? It is tradition to place a small piece of wood in a medicine bag and wear it around the neck. The genus species of Cedarwood I use is Cedras atlantica. As one continues their research regarding essential oils, it is interesting to note the various species of plant used. Cedarwood oil is sold under many different names. And in fact, many plants in the Cupressaceae family may be sold under the Cedarwood oil label. Cedrus is a Arabic word “kedron” meaning “power“. There are a ton of other historical uses out there about Cedarwood that I am not going to spend hours sharing with you, but once again, Google is your friend!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Bark
What is the ORAC Value? 169,000 µTE/100g
What Does this Number Mean? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Yup, you read that last one right. God. I think the number one reason for using Cedarwood essential oil is that God created this amazing tree for us! It is the species of plant most closely related to the biblical Cedars of Lebanon. It is interesting that the priests in the Bible used it during their purification ceremonies. They obviously knew about it’s purifying properties. Some Bible references in regards to Cedarwood oil follow: Leviticus 14:4,6,49, 51-52; Numbers 19:6, 24:6; II Samuel 5:11, 7:2,7; I Kings 4:33, 5:6,8,10, 6:9, 9:11; II Kings 19:23; I Chronicles 22:4, II Chronicles 1:15, 2:8, 9:27; Ezra 3:7; Isaiah 41:19; Ezekiel 17:3,22-23; Zechariah 11:2. It’s important to remember that the Bible is not a book about oils. So many of the references to essential oils you may see in the Bible will not be clear or with specific instruction. The things is, the people who lived during the time of the Bible considered it commonplace to use the plants God gave us as personal resources. It’s the same thing as me trying to describe to you what a cell phone is and why we use them today. It’s such a common thing that it is unlikely that authors of today are including detailed explanations that his/her audience already knows. That’s not relevant to their story. Neither was the specific details of how to use plants – in most cases – relevant to the stories of the Bible. So while most references will be a bit vague in the Bible, there are some very clear examples of how plants – and even essential oils themselves – were used frequently and by God’s command!
I hope this list has given you some great ideas and tips on how you can be incorporating Cedarwood essential oil in to your regular, every day routines! There really are a ton of other reasons to support my love affair with Cedarwood, but I would hate to take away the thrill of the chase from you! The excitement of discovering these things for yourself is half the fun when learning about essential oils! As you may well be aware, I only recommend Young Living essential oils for their quality, potency and ethical growing practices. If you would like more information about that, I encourage you to learn more about our Seed to Seal process at www.seedtoseal.com.
Did you know that Cedarwood is FREE this month (August 2016) to new Young Living members who get started with one of our Premium Starter Kits?? If you are new to oils, or just haven’t jumped on board with your own account yet, this is a great way to get a chance to experience Cedarwood and discover your own reasons to love it for free! If you are ready to consider getting started with essential oils, take a look at the varied options from Young Living here. I would be honored to be a part of your oily journey! As your oils mentor, I am available to help support you throughout this process. I provide new members with reference materials to get them started, access to our users groups including those in our larger family of users. I share educational opportunities every month and am available to help you share with others you care about as well! You are never left alone to figure this out on your own. As an added bonus – through 8/31/2016 – all teachers and educators will receive an extra bonus from me (this is in addition to the free Cedarwood from Young Living): I will rebate your shipping and tax (up to $20) on any new member enrollment with a Premium Starter Kit! Remember, the Premium Starter Kit is NOT a business kit (unless you want it to be!). It is a new users starter kit and gives you all of the tools you need to experience essential oils fully in your day to day activities. It is a great value and it the best way to get started in my opinion!
Just select your Premium Starter Kit of choice and fill out the enrollment information here: tinyurl.com/ecskellie Once you are enrolled, comment below with your name as it appears on your account or send me an email at kelliepringle(at)essentialchipssense.com. I will get your welcome goodies and rebate to you asap!
I hope this message has blessed you in some way as much as it has blessed me in sharing it with you! As we close in on the start of a new school year, I pray blessings over you and your families for a successful year!