Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

Cedarwood essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils. It is also one of the best essential oils to have in your collection. Keep reading to learn all about the different cedarwood essential oils uses and benefits.

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Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses

Cedarwood essential oil is one of the most underrated essential oils. It’s not talked about as often as lavender and frankincense essential oils but it is just as versatile.

And in my opinion, it is a definite must-have essential oil! I always make sure I have cedarwood oil on hand.

Cedarwood essential oil is derived from the bark, needles, berries, and leaves of cedar trees. It is most often extracted using steam distillation.

There are several different types of cedarwood – cedarwood atlas, cedarwood Texas, cedarwood Virginian, and cedarwood Himalayan. They all share similar properties although some differ slightly.

You can click here to learn more about each type.

All varieties of cedarwood have a relaxing, warm aroma and smell wonderful.

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Cedarwood Oil Uses

Cedarwood essential oil has many different uses. Like I mentioned earlier, it is a highly versatile oil. Below are the most popular cedarwood essential oil uses.

Sleep Support

Cedarwood is one of the best essential oils for sleep. You can create a sleep roller blend and apply it to your wrists and spine right before bed.

Check out this sleep roller ball recipe.

You can also add a few drops of cedarwood essential oil to your bedside diffuser to help you sleep better and get the rest you need.

Hair Growth

Cedarwood is one of the best essential oils for hair growth. It can stimulate the hair follicles as well as improve circulation to the scalp.

You can massage a few drops directly into your scalp using your fingertips or you can make this DIY hair growth oil. It includes castor oil, almond oil, lavender oil, and cedarwood oil.

Anxiety Relief

Cedarwood oil has a calming effect that can help to reduce anxiety. Just mix with a carrier oil and apply to your wrists and spine or add a few drops to your diffuser.

And sometimes it can be helpful to just hold the bottle of cedarwood oil up to your nose and inhale deeply.

Air Freshener

Forget about candles and store-bought air fresheners – a few drops of cedarwood essential oil in the diffuser is all you need to make your home smell amazing!

Cedarwood smells wonderful when combined with lemon, frankincense, bergamot, or patchouli essential oils.


Cedarwood is amazing for your skin. Cedarwood oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate and reduce breakouts.

It can also help to improve the overall appearance of your skin and reduce imperfections.

I like to add a few drops to my favorite nighttime moisturizer.

photo of person holding cedarwood essential oil

Bug Repellent

Cedarwood essential oil has been used for generations as an all natural insect repellent.

It makes a great alternative to toxin-filled insect repellents like Off or Cutter.

I have an easy homemade insect repellent recipe you can check out. It doesn’t include cedarwood but you can easily swap out the lemongrass for cedarwood instead.

Body Spray

Cedarwood oil is a great addition to homemade body spray. Many store-bought body fragrances are filled with nasty ingredients like pyridine, benzophenone, methyl eugenol, and styrene.

I have a few DIY body spray recipes that you can check out. There is an earthy blend that includes cedarwood, patchouli, and frankincense that smells really good!

Room Sprays

Room sprays are an easy, convenient way to make any room smell good fast. Sometimes it can take a while for a diffuser to fill a room with the wonderful aroma of essential oils.

Room sprays provide immediate freshness. I have some holiday room spray recipes that include cedarwood or you can create your own essential oil room sprays.

Like I mentioned earlier, cedarwood pairs well with lemon, frankincense, bergamot, or patchouli essential oils.

Focus Support

Because cedarwood oil is very calming and grounding it can also help improve your focus.

Just add 10 drops of cedarwood to a 10ml roller bottle and fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil. Apply to your wrists and spine whenever you’re having trouble focusing.

You can also add a few drops of vetiver or peppermint which are both known to improve focus.

Dry Shampoo

Cedarwood oil is a great addition to homemade or even store-bought, powder, dry shampoo. Just add a few drops to the powder.

I have a great DIY dry shampoo recipe that uses cedarwood oil that you can check out.

Not only will it make your hair smell amazing but remember it can also stimulate hair growth!

Buy Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood essential is one of the most affordable essential oils you can buy.

MLM brands like Young Living charge between 12 and 16 for a bottle. I no longer use Young Living and instead purchase from Simply Earth, Plant Therapy, or Florihana.

Simply Earth sells cedarwood for around $8 a bottle.

Plant Therapy sells cedarwood for about $8 or $9 depending on the type.

Florihana sells cedarwood $6 a bottle.

I always buy cedarwood essential oil from these brands. They all sell high-quality oils at affordable prices.

If you’re looking to add more essential oils to your collection I recommend you read the best essential oils for beginners and the top 20 essential oils you need in your collection.

Let me know if you have any questions about cedarwood essential oil in the comment section below!

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