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What Are the Different Uses for Cedar Oil?

Cedar oil helps relieve dandruff and itchy scalp from eczema and other skin conditions.
Cedar oil might relieve a sore throat.
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  • Written By: T. L. Childree
  • Edited By: R. Halprin
  • Last Modified Date: 07 April 2014
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Cedar oil has a wide variety of different commercial and personal uses due to its strong fragrance and general antiseptic properties. It is an active ingredient in many cleaning products, soaps, and deodorants. Cedar oil is also used as an insect repellent, acne treatment, and detoxifying massage oil. This essential oil is also effective for relieving mild respiratory disorders. Cedar oil is often utilized in aromatherapy treatments and as a sedative.

As a common ingredient in many household cleaning products, cedar oil's strong, pleasant fragrance typically makes an excellent all-purpose deodorizer. This oil is also the active ingredient in certain deodorant soaps. It is often combined with other fragrances to make colognes and deodorants. Certain types of room air fresheners may also contain this type of oil.

This oil has been proven to be an effective, natural insect repellent. It can be used alone or added to some type of lotion for topical application. This oil is sometimes placed in an open container near patios and campsites for insect control. A few drops may also be placed in a closet or drawer to prevent clothes moth and carpet beetle infestations.

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The antiseptic properties of this essential oil have proven to be an effective treatment for acne and oily skin. This oil is often utilized as an active ingredient in astringents, antiseptics, and antibacterial skin cleansers. It is also useful in the treatment of eczema and other types of skin conditions. Dandruff and itchy scalp problems usually respond well to cedar oil treatments. It is sometimes used as a detoxifying massage or bath oil as well.

Cedar oil may be used to relieve certain types of mild respiratory disorders. For example, it is often utilized as an inhalant to relieve nasal congestion. This oil may also help to reduce coughing and relieve a sore throat. It can be placed in a steam vaporizer to reduce chest congestion caused by colds and influenza. This essential oil may be mixed with a different type of oil and rubbed on the chest area to relieve nasal or chest congestion.

The scent of this oil often provides a relaxing mental effect as well. Cedar oil is a common ingredient in aromatherapy treatments. It is frequently placed in diffusers to produce a calming scent in living areas of a home. This oil is sometimes also used to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It may also be inhaled at bedtime to prevent insomnia.

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