Ever seen a Cedar Tree, you know the tall evergreen that smells and looks lovely this time of year? Did you know that Cedar has wonderful properties that’s good for your skin and body?
Emotionally, cedarwood is said to have a grounding, calming affect on the nervous system and can help by rooting a person and opening their heart. Physically cedarwood can help:
- improve skin conditions like eczema
- help relieve arthritis
- as a natural deodorizer
- as a natural sedative
- improve focus and ADHD
- as a bug repellent
- stress relief
- fight fungal infections
- fight acne
You can buy Cedarwood Essential oils or you can make an oil infusion to use for soaps or salves. There are several ways to make an infusion but here is the one I most commonly work with.
Cut the new tips off cedar branches, or if you have access to a newly cut cedar tree or branch you can use some of the shavings or cedar chips. Pack the cuttings or chips into a mason jar and add oil of you choice. Make sure the oil covers the entire plant and the ratio I use is 1 part plant to 2 parts oil. The oil depends on the end use. Olive oil is a good choice for soap making but I like to use sweet almond oil, apricot kernel or jojobo oil for salves or creams. Label the jar with the oil and date created and let it sit for around 4-6 weeks. Make sure you shake the jar at least once a day. When you are ready to use your oil strain it with either a fine mesh strainer or with cheesecloth. Be sure to squeeze out all the oil! Enjoy the smell and create your soap or salve.
Warning! Cedar oil should never be consumed and avoid the essential oil if pregnant. Always test any oil on a small patch of skin to make sure you do not have any allergic reaction.