Growing up back east we would have to “change out the seasonal wardrobe” and pack all those woolen sweaters, skirts and pants in our cedar closets at the end of winter. Hence, this was my first introduction to this hearty wood and oil.  Cedar is an interesting oil. Soothing and comforting, cedarwood oil extracts are best known for their warm, woody and balsamic aromas.

Wikipedia states: “Cedar oil was used as the base for paints by the ancient Sumerians. They would grind cobalt compounds in a mortar and pestle to produce a blue pigment. They could obtain green from copper, yellow from lead antimoniate, black from charcoal, and white from gypsum.”

Today, cedar oil is often used for its aromatic properties, especially in aromatherapy.

It is also used as an insect repellent. Much safer than those toxic chemicals for mosquito spray. Be sure you pack for those camping trips and hiking trails. Cedar can give you a boost for the hike back if you have wandered farther than you anticipated. How many times have I done that ………

For all uses, carefully dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, olive, or almond oil prior to use. I have always been fond of using high grade olive oil but grapeseed another favorite of mine.

Following are some recipes for Cedar’s medical benefits, scalp treatment and hair loss.  Hair loss is one of those transitions for men (occasionally women) that I don’t think they realize how some look incredibly handsome. But being a Peter Pan type myself, will do anything to help my loved ones stay young at heart and Hair! So if you are helping your husband, friends through this time try some remedies with out the medical costs or inconvenience!
Recipe for Scalp Treatment
2 drops Cedar
4 drops Lavender
1 drop Lemon
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops tea tree

Mix all oils together in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Use the entire blend to massage into scalp thoroughly. Wrap head with a towel and relax for one hour. Shampoo (possibly twice due to the olive oil)  and rinse. This has a two fold affect as the essential oils are a wonderful mood stabilizer. If you have had a stressful day, this is a great treatment.  Like going to the salon and having your head massaged.

Recipe for Hair Loss
3 drops Cedar
2 drops Clary Sage
2 drops Lemon
3 drops Rosemary

Mix all oils together in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. You can use this blend in two ways:
Massage blend onto hair and scalp; make sure you reach those slpit ends. Wrap your head with a towel and relax for one hour. Shampoo and rinse. Be sure to rinse well to remove the olive oil.

Add a few drops of this blend to a mild shampoo and use on a regular basis when you wash your hari.

Dynamic Spray
2 drops Orange
2 drops Cedar
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Peppermint

Add to a cup of water and place in a spray bottle. Spritz your entire house and wait to feel energized!

Happy Spring, Happy Easter and revitalize with some Cedar.

Goodbye to March.

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