How to Use Cedar Oil

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How to Use Cedar Oil
The cedar tree is an evergreen that can grow to tremendous heights. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cedar oil is simple to use in all sorts of formulations. You can create cosmetics, pesticides, holistic remedies and various household products using this essential oil. One of the simplest methods for utilising cedar oil, and its highly valued properties, is through aromatherapy. It can also be applied to the skin, sparingly, when mixed together with other body products. Used accordingly, cedar oil can aid in the alleviation of an assortment of body ailments and conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, anxiety, insomnia and dandruff.

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Things you need

  • Cedar oil
  • Lotion
  • Distilled water
  • Cotton
  • Vaporiser
  • Aromatherapy diffuser
  • Spray bottle
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Old rags

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    Skin Conditions

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    Mix several drops of cedar oil into a half cup of distilled water.

  2. 2

    Dip a cotton ball into the water.

  3. 3

    Apply dampened cotton ball to any areas on the body affected by acne, psoriasis and dermatitis.

    How to Use Cedar Oil
    Cedar oil contains antiseptic properties, which can kill bacteria. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

    Releasing Toxins

  1. 1

    Add several drops of cedar oil to a warm bath and soak for at least fifteen minutes.

    How to Use Cedar Oil
    A bath infused with cedar oil aids the body in releasing toxins. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Mix a few drops of cedar oil with a 1/4 cup of your favourite unscented lotion.

    How to Use Cedar Oil
    Mixing cedar oil into some of your favourite body products creates a wonderful aroma while benefiting the body with its healing properties. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Massage the lotion into the lower regions of your back, around the kidney area.

    Respiratory Relief

  1. 1

    Add cedar oil into a vaporiser or aromatherapy diffuser.

  2. 2

    Breathe in the oil infused air for at least 20 minutes, three times a day.

    How to Use Cedar Oil
    Breathing in cedar oil can also aid the body in suppressing the symptoms of stress, anxiety and insomnia. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Dip a cotton ball into the oil, if no other means are available, and sniff it. It will be just as beneficial.

    Insect Repellent

  1. 1

    Fill a spray bottle nearly full with water.

    How to Use Cedar Oil
    Making your own spritzer with cedar oil is an effective way to keep pesky bugs at bay. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Add approximately eight drops of cedar oil to every eight ounces of water.

  3. 3

    Spray your body, your clothes and your surroundings.

    How to Use Cedar Oil
    Cedar oil is an active ingredient in many pesticide products aimed at controlling fleas. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

    Home Applications

  1. 1

    Add cedar oil to a bucket of soapy water for several household cleansing options.

  2. 2

    Dip an old rag or washcloth into the water and place with laundry in the washing machine.

    How to Use Cedar Oil
    Washing clothes with a small amount of cedar oil infuses a subtle, but lovely, aroma into the laundry. (Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Use a mop or a rag dipped in cedar oil to wash floors and any furniture items.

    How to Use Cedar Oil
    Closets and drawers have long been wiped down with cloths doused in cedar oil to prevent invasions of pests, while instilling a woodsy aroma into the environment. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Due to cedar oil's powerful abortive properties, using cedar oil while pregnant or nursing is ill advised. Additionally, because of its sedative effects, it is not recommended that people use this oil while driving or operating heavy machinery. Essential oils can be toxic and should always be used sparingly. As with most medicines, it is best to talk with a professional if you are not familiar with using essential oils. If you have any pre-existing health conditions, or concerns, you should always consult your physician.

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