presented by CJ
We first ventured into the world of essential oils 3 years ago. I bought some at health food stores here and there for making my own cleaning products, but had never discovered the 1) absolute need for and difference purity makes, and 2) all the 1,000 other things you can do with essential oils and their 1,000,000 benefits when used properly with wisdom, safety, and did I mention that purity part? Truly, you can smell the difference, but that’s another blog for another day.
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. Why? Here are some highlights, and please note this is absolutely not an exhaustive list.
- 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, because 1 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. Cedarwood 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.
Can you believe this is not an exhaustive list? Seriously, it’s by far one of our favorite oils. If you haven’t used it, it’s a crying shame. Best part? It is one of the cheapest oils, $11.25 wholesale. And you can actually get it for even cheaper, aka free. When you get a Premium Starter Kit this month, you get a bottle of this goodness. This is always the first oil I tell people to get started with outside of the kit, so until August 31st @11:59 p.m., you get to start with it at the same time as your kit, and what a great one for kiddos in school. If you’re ready to get started, click here. Now go use Cedarwood!