Western Red Cedar is the official tree of British Columbia. It is a medium to large evergreen conifer with a forked top and thin and fibrous bark. It is highly valued due to durability and texture of its wood. Its oil has a sweet, spicy, coniferous, camphoreous aroma. This versatile oil is primarily used for purification purposes but can also help with relaxation and meditation.
Benefits, Uses and Directions
- This oil helps to create a calming environment, which can enhance meditation, thanks to its high ketone content (e.g. alpha-Thujone, beta-Thujone, etc.)
- Thujones, have been shown to kill microorganisms, which is why this oil is used for purifying the air
- Terpinen-4-ol has also been shown to kill bacteria and fungus, contributing to its ability to purify the air
- Add a few drops of Western Red Cedar oil into a diffuser to help with relaxation
- Dilute to 1-2% for an amazing fabric or room spray
- Due to its strong aroma, only a small amount is needed to add a sweet, calming yet purifying note into your blend
- Western Red Cedar oil contains high amounts of thujone and camphor, which can be neurotoxic at high concentrations; therefore, it is not recommended to use topically (e.g. only use for aromatic purposes)
- This oil has also been shown to cause severe skin irritation
- Consult with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner or your physician prior to using essential oils with children, the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, and those with medical issues or are taking medications
- Always dilute essential oils prior to use.
- Do not apply any essential oils internally, eyes, inner ears and other sensitive areas, even if diluted