Cedar oil is produced from three types of tree families: junipers, Thuja and cedars. Cedar oils are extracted from the leaves, the bark and the berries, with one of two key processes -- either distillation or chemical extraction. The oil is an aromatic essential oil that has been used holistically to treat respiratory illnesses, alleviate nervous tension and to repel insects. While the process of extracting the oil can be somewhat tedious, it is quite simple to make a cedar oil.
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Things you need
- Organic carrier oil (Jojoba Oil is recommended, both for its light, less greasy qualities as well as its therapeutic effects)
- 100 per cent Cedar essential oil
- Empty 170gr plastic bottle
Pour Jojoba oil into the plastic bottle.
Fill it to within about two inches from the neck spout. Jojoba oil has the highest transdermal effect (absorbs into the skin) of any carrier oil, making it an excellent choice to increase the potency of your homemade oil.
Add at least 36 drops of 100 per cent cedar essential oil to the Jojoba carrier oil.
It is up to you how strong to make your cedar oil.Shake the mixture so the cedar essence is absorbed into the base oil. To test your oil, pour a drop of your solution on your arm. Use your nose and your intuition. If it seems aromatic and strong enough, you are through. If your want a stronger solution, add nine drops at a time of the cedar essential oil, always testing the results before adding another nine drops.
Use your cedar oil in a variety of ways to bring enjoyment and health to you and your loved ones.
You may douse cotton balls and put this cedar ball around your closet floor to deter moths; in a corner of your kitchen counter to discourage ants from coming into your food preparation area; and on your skin, as a natural but highly effective repellent for flies and mosquitoes.
Store your cedar oil in a cool, dark place.
A closet or pantry is a good choice. It is nontoxic so your may stock it with foodstuff. If you store your oil carefully, it will stay fresh for up to two years.
Tips and warnings
- All items needed to make your own cedar oil can usually be found at natural food stores.
- You can spray your homemade cedar oil gingerly on your dog as both a healer of skin and fur issues (your pooch's coat will shine), as well as simultaneously creating a natural anti-flea and tick remedy.
- If you intend to use your cedar oil more for an anti-moth, anti-ant, and other insect repellent for home and office use, it is not necessary to use Organic Jojoba for your carrier oil. A simple mineral oil, found at a local hardware store, will do the trick and save you money. However, personal application on your loved ones and pets recommends the use of a quality Jojoba.
- Do not ingest cedar oil without the supervision of a trained health care professional. Ingesting large amounts of cedar can lead to illness and death.
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