Powerful Cedarwood Essential Oil Benefits

An essential oil tried and tested for centuries? YES PLEASE!

In ancient times, Cedarwood was used because of its amazing smell and natural resistance to decay and bugs. Cedar Trees are mentioned several times in the Old Testament of the Bible to describe luxury, wealth, power, and strength.

Cedarwood (Himalayan) Essential Oil has been used throughout history….

Cedarwood Himalayan Essential Oil Benefits & Uses

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Promotes Rest

According to a study1, when inhaled, Cedarwood (Himalayan) Essential Oil has sedative and even sleep prolongation effects. This is why we include this oil in our list of the best essential oils for promoting rest. Try it before bedtime to help support your body’s need for rest. 

Deters Insects

Cedarwood Himalayan’s natural oil component also helps repel insects. It’s been used throughout history to create chests made to store clothing and paper because of its natural ability to repel insects. This study2 particularly mentioned that cedarwood oil has the potential to be used as a pest control agent.

Soothes Skin 

In traditional folk medicine, Cedarwood (Himalayan) Essential Oil was used to help balance oil production. Moreover, a recent study3 suggests that Cedarwood (Himalayan) Essential Oil can also be used to soothe skin conditions like acne.


Cedarwood (Himalayan) Essential Oil relaxes the mind and enhances comfort. It has natural constituents that contain anxiolytic effects as shown in this study,4 which means it can soothe feelings of fear, dread, uneasiness, and muscle tightness, that may occur as a reaction to stress. Most anxiolytics block the action of certain chemicals in the nervous system.

Supports Respiration

Northwest Native American medicine used cedarwood to help alleviate respiratory congestion. If you put it in a diffuser while you have congestion, you’ll notice how the aroma makes it easier to breathe. 

Lengthens Hair 

Cedarwood (Himalayan) Essential Oil is great for hair. It can soothe itchy and flaky scalp and also promote hair growth. In fact, this study5 found Cedarwood (Himalayan) Essential Oil to be a safe and effective treatment for hair loss or alopecia areata.

Oils to Blend With Cedarwood Essential Oil

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Cedarwood smells woody and fresh; like a pile of fresh wood shavings.

Cedarwood Essential Oil blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, Cassia, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Neroli, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Rosemary, and Ylang-ylang Essential Oils.

How Cedarwood Essential Oil Works

We know how essential oil works by looking at its natural constituents and how the oil was used throughout history. 

Looking at Native American Medicine, we learn that Cedarwood Essential Oil can be helpful for respiratory and urinary support. 

We can learn even more about this oil’s benefits by looking at its natural chemical profile!

Cedarwood is mostly made up of α-cedrene, cedrol, and thujopsene. These natural chemicals help make up the oil’s aroma and further tells us how this oil’s benefits.  

Simply Earth Blends With Cedarwood Essential Oil

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Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend

This blend supports your respiratory system to help you breathe easier. 

Peace & Quiet Essential Oil Blend

Use this blend, which has the calming aroma of Cedarwood Essential Oil, to help you relax.

Sweet Dreams Essential Oil Blend

This kid-safe blend is a great way to help your kiddos relax before bedtime. 

Timber Essential Oil Blend

This blend is great for gentle skin care with a masculine scent.

What Earthies Are Saying About This Oil

What I Love About Cedarwood Essential Oil

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I love that this essential oil is kid-friendly. I like to use it to help support my daughter’s breathing while she has a cold. It not only works well, but it smells amazing and my daughter loves it too!

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 2+.

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on cats. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post.

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

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  1. Kagawa D, Jokura H, Ochiai R, Tokimitsu I, Tsubone H. The sedative effects and mechanism of action of cedrol inhalation with behavioral pharmacological evaluation. 2003 Jul
  2. Eller FJ, Vander Meer RK, Behle RW, Flor-Weiler LB, Palmquist DE. Bioactivity of cedarwood oil and cedrol against arthropod pests. Environ Entomol. 2014 Jun
  3. Lauren A. Hassoun, Jennifer N. Ornelas, Raja K. Sivamani. Cedarwood Oil as Complementary Treatment in Refractory Acne. 2016 Mar
  4. Zhang K, Yao L. The anxiolytic effect of Juniperus virginiana L. essential oil and determination of its active constituents. 2018 May
  5. Hay IC, Jamieson M, Ormerod AD. Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata. Arch Dermatol. 1998 No