One of the things that made me fall in love with essential oils is how many ways you can utilize just one bottle of oil. Part of what started my journey with natural health was actually wanting to save money. I was tired of buying products you could only use one way. I knew there had to be a better, simpler method out there. Enter essential oils.
I know for many people one of the things that stops them is this question: “How do you use it?” It feels overwhelming in the beginning because we are so used to just flipping over a product and getting exact directions. The beauty of oils though, is there is so much freedom because they are not “one size fits all.” Once you get some ideas, I think it’s easier to hit the ground running and really learn how to incorporate these into your daily life and routines.
Today I want to focus on by far one of my favorite essential oils, Cedarwood. It’s one we use in our house every single day and well into the night. This essential oil is:
- Versatile: I’m going to give you about 20 uses, but this is certainly not an exhaustive list!
- Budget Friendly: This 15 ml bottle is $11 wholesale, and with all the ways you can use it is such a bang for your buck!
- A single oil: Easily able to combine and blend with others for even more uses.
- Has a deep, woodsy, calming aroma
- Note: If you are allergic to cedar like we have here in Texas, this is not the same thing, so rest assured.
- Sesquiterpenes is one of the main chemical constituents (up to 90% and the highest of all oils). Want to know what that effects? Your brain. More specifically, the part of your brain that is home to your emotions, and even more specifically that little part of your brain that regulates stress.
- Sleep-your body needs good sleep. When we sleep, our bodies are still working, and that is when our bodies like to heal (you know how many times you are told you just need to get some rest?). There’s a little hormone produced by the pineal gland called melatonin that controls our sleep cycles. Remember that part of the brain that regulates stress? That’s the pineal gland. Let that sink in for a minute. Cedarwood helps support the release of melatonin naturally.
- Skin & Hair-we are overwhelmed by chemicals in our cosmetic and beauty products. We don’t even know what we are putting on (and that goes in) our bodies, because the FDA has told companies that they don’t have to disclose that information since one word can pretty much cover it: Fragrance. If that is anywhere on a label of something you are using, throw it in the trash now. That one word can mean 300 different toxic chemicals. Cedarwood however naturally helps stimulate the hair follacles helping it to grow healthy and strong, and it was historically used for many skin issues centuries ago.
Here are some ways we use it:
For Emotional Support:
Inhaling essential oils is great for emotional support. When you smell an oil, it goes through the olfactory system and straight to the brain, where you guessed it, the limbic system which is home to your emotions.
- Put 2 drops of Cedarwood in your hands, rub together, place your hands over your nose and take deep breaths.
- Put Cedarwood in a roller bottle and roll onto the back of neck (close to the brain stem) as often as you need.
- It is in many of the oil blends for emotional support, Stress Away and Tranquil being two of our favorites. We love to diffuse or wear these oils during the day.
- We make our own “custom blend” with Cedarwood, Vetiver, Frankincense, and Lavender in a roll on bottle. Works beautifully for our son to help decrease stress and overstimulation.
The feet are a great place to apply essential oils. If you don’t particularly like the smell but definitely want to benefits, or you are first starting out and want to be more conservative in your application, the largest pores on our body are on our feet. Oils can be absorbed quickly, you won’t smell them as much on your feet but still get the benefits as there are vita flex points on the feet that activate different parts of the body.
- Make a pillow/sheet spray with Cedarwood and Vetiver, spray down the bed and go wash your face and brush your teeth while it dries. Then when you lay down, you are breathing in all that goodness.
- Diffuse at night for sleep
- Apply a drop on each big toe before climbing into bed. The big toe is the vita flex point for the brain.
- Take a relaxing bath with 2 cups of unscented Epsom salt, 10 drops of Cedarwood and 10 drops of Lavender.
For Skin & Hair
This is where I get a little geeked out because you begin to see how smart the Creator designed our bodies to be and created in such a way to give us something natural that does so many things. Something that is good for your hair that also is highly supportive to your brain. Something that is good for your skin that is also good for emotional support and good for sleep. Coincidence? Don’t think so.
- Drop 3-4 drops of Cedarwood in my favorite, Young Living’s Lavender Shampoo.
- Make a hair detangler with 3 drops of Cedarwood, Lavender, Orange, vegetable glycerin (a softener) and water. Works like a charm!
- Drop a drop each of Cedarwood and Lavender in your mascara tube, you’ll thank me later ladies.
- Found in Young Living’s KidScents Lotion (great for right after a night time bath before bed), Peppermint-Cedarwood Bar Soap, or add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer.