Red Cedar oil

Red Cedar oil

What is Red Cedar oil?

Red Cedar oil is derived from the steam distillation process of heartwood of Cedar tree which is scientifically called Juniperus Virginiana. The Cedarwood plant is inherent to cold climates and is found at high altitudes. Red Cedar oil has vital components such as Beta Cedrene, Alpha Cedrene, Widdrol, Cedrol, and Thujopsene.


Traditionally it is used for its calming effects. Due to its sweet and hearty aroma, it is used in perfumes, cologne, and incense. It is used by Egyptians and Native Americans for centuries for its medical and cosmetic benefits. It is also known as Western Red, Cedar Leaf oil, Virginian, red, Southern red cedar or Eastern red and Bedford cedarwood.


  • Pregnant women should avoid it as may lead to miscarriage.
  • Do not use it undiluted.
  • For internal use, consult a health practitioner.
  • Do a patch test before use.
  • It should not be used on eyes, ears and sensitive parts of the body.
  • It should not be ingested.
  • The excessive use of this oil results in nausea, vomiting, damage digestive system, skin irritation.
  • Sensitive people might get skin allergies.

Health Benefits

  1. Cure inflammation

Seborrhoea is caused due to the malfunction of sebaceous glands which results in high production of sebum and following infection of epidermal cells. The skin colors to pale yellow or white and starts to peel off from the eyebrows, scalp, inner ear having the hair follicles.
  1. antiseptic

This essential oil prevents the wounds being septic and prevents it from tetanus. It is applied as an antiseptic in the wounds externally. It is also used as an ingredient in antiseptic creams. It defends the body from toxins and relieves the stress of immune system and white blood cells.
  1. Lowers inflammation

Red Cedar oil has anti-inflammatory effects on arthritis. The inflammation of tissues and joints leads to discomfort and pain which could be lowered by inhalation or applying the oil topically on the skin.
  1. Relieve spasms

Red Cedar oil provides relief from spasms and related ailments. It includes the spasms that affect intestines, respiratory system, heart, muscles, and nerves.
  1. Serves as a tonic

Red cedar essential oil stimulates metabolism and tones organs. It tones as well as tightens nervous system, skin, muscles, digestive system, stomach, and brain functions. It promotes the functions of liver and kidney that promotes wellness and overall health
  1. Cure ailments

Red Cedar oil strengthens gums, cures toothaches and prevents from falling out. It tightens loose muscles. It also cures diarrhea and tightens the muscles of the digestive system. It also protects the skin from bacteria and toxins.
  1. Promote urination

Being a diuretic, it cures various health ailments such as hypertension, obesity, rheumatism, high blood pressure, gout, arthritis and urinary tract infections.
  1. Regularize menstrual cycle

The use of Red Cedar oil stimulates the menstruation cycle and lowers the side effects such as fatigue, nausea and mood swings. It has a vital impact on the hormonal functions of endocrine glands.
  1. Alleviate congestion

Red Cedar oil provides relief from irritation caused by cold, cough and congestion. It removes excess phlegm from the lungs and respiratory tracts. It relieves red, watery eyes and headaches as well as symptoms of colds and coughs. It stimulates the loosen of phlegm.
  1. Sedative properties

Being a sedative, it calms and soothes mind, skin itching, cure inflammation and relieves anxiety and tension. It promotes restorative, healthy and sound sleep. It treats the problem of insomnia. Cedarwood aromatherapy is helpful for the people with stress, chronic anxiety, and depression.

Side Effects

The oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.