As discussed under the basics section, the oft-confused cedar leaf oil is commonly known as an insect repellant. However, the name-associated cedarwood oil is also effective at warding off bugs and other annoying pests. In fact, you can put it in boiling water and/or a vaporizer to keep mosquitoes, bees and flies at bay.
Rounding out our list of benefits and healing purposes is cedarwood’s antiseptic properties. There are plenty of store-bought antiseptics that already use cedarwood as an ingredient. But if you don’t find cedarwood contained in the product you use to treat wounds or cuts, you can always add a few drops of the oil.
How to Use
The method that you use to attain the benefits of cedarwood all depends on what purpose you’re using it for. For example, if you want to clear up congestion or prevent anxiety, inhalation is the method you need to use. To properly inhale cedarwood oil, you can either use a vaporizer or put a few drops in steaming water, while staying near the pan to breathe in its properties.
Assuming you are hoping to ward off insects with cedarwood oil, a vaporizer is once again a good choice. However, you might also consider making a spray out of the oil by combining several drops of cedarwood into a few ounces of water and alcohol; once the solution is ready, lightly spray it onto your skin to keep bugs away. Creating a solution like this is also very helpful when you want to spray your house and/or furniture to make it smell better.
If you’re looking to strengthen your teeth and gums, add a few drops of cedarwood essential oil into a cup of mouthwash or water, swish the solution around in your mouth, and spit. Of course, like with any other essential oil, you want to avoid ingesting the product because it could make you sick when swallowed in large quantities.
In regards to using cedarwood as a cosmetic, there are a couple of ways to go about this. For one, you can fill a bathtub up and put 7 or 8 drops of the oil into the water; this allows you to soak up a lot of the oil’s skin-aiding benefits. A more popular way for clearing up skin problems with cedarwood is to add a few drops of the oil to skin cream and apply.
As you can see, there are a variety methods for using it, and quite a few benefits offered too. So save yourself some money on buying tons of different products, and try using cedarwood essential oil for a variety of purposes.