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By Maisha Liwaru


Cedar wood is one of a growing number of essential oils that primarily originate in the United States.  It is also imported from Brazil, China and Morocco. It is very popular with perfumers because of its versatility and its economy. Previously cedar wood oil was mainly produced in North and East Africa and India. The cedar wood tree is an evergreen tree that grows up to 100 feet high. This slow growing tree thrives in the mountains of the eastern Rockies.  North American cedar wood is steam distilled from wood scraps from sawmills located in Virginia and the Carolinas. I prefer the woody balsamic smell of pale yellow Virginia Cedar wood.

Cedar wood is grounding and its pleasant aroma is addicting. Perfumers love the woody fragrance and use it in masculine type colognes as a middle note. But it also soothes and harmonizes.  Oily and blemished skin can benefit from the astringent quality of the oil. Try using cedar wood to diminish the look of cellulite.  While it is not a cure for SARS, it relieves mucous, coughs and colds. Most of you are aware that cedar wood can be used in our wardrobe to repel moths.  It is also effective as an insect and pest repellants, repulsing ants, mice and other rodents.

General uses:

·        As an astringent apply cedar wood to oily skin and shaving cuts.

·        When using on acne, pimples or oily skin, dilute the cedar wood oil and apply directly to the effected area. 

  • Rinse your hair with a solution of cedar wood to maintain a healthy scalp and treat dandruff.  Just add a couple of drops to your rinse water after a shampoo. For more serious problems, such as hair loss, use cedar wood with jojoba oil. Massage the scalp with the mixture before bed and leave on overnight. Wash hair the next morning and then rinse with a cedar wood solution.  

·        Use a cotton ball to apply cedar wood under the arms. It makes an effective deodorizer. Be sure to mix it with a carrier oil first.

·        Soak or sprits your feet with diluted cedar wood essential oil and relax.

The best carrier oils for cedar wood are emu, hazelnut or grape seed oil.

If you are thinking about creating your own personal perfume fragrance with cedarwood, try blending it with a combination of some of the following: basil, bergamot, clary sage, cypress, jasmine, juniper, neroli, rosemary, vetiver, ylang ylang, bay, chamomile roman, fir, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rosemary and sandalwood.

Precaution = Not recommended for use during pregnancy 

Next time: Rosewood

Maisha Liwaru is the owner of Perfume Oils by Maisha.

        Emu's Zine does not diagnose, prescribe or dispense medical advice.  We report and attempt to educate the public about the possible health benefits derived through the use of emu oil based products and consumption of low cholesterol, low fat emu meat.   This site contains personal testimonies and professional observations.   We encourage people to contact their family physicians regarding any health problems they may have for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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