(Last Updated on : 05/05/2014)
Himalayan Cedarwood oil is yellow viscous oil, which has been used for centuries. The oil
comes from one of the four true Cedars in the world. Himalayan Cedarwood is much preferred as compared to Virginia Cedarwood due to its pure properties. Grown at high altitude in the Himalayas
(India), it has a sweet, rich top note that gives a sense of clarity and connectedness. The oil has the same antiseptic, expectorant, diuretic, nervine effects that work most on endocrine system, nerve, respiratory and urinary tract. This oil is an anti-depressive, very helpful in breathing problems, especially bronchial congestion. Himalayan Cedarwood oil mixes well with oils like Jatamansi, Sandalwood
, Dhavana, Labdanum, Petitgrain
, Calamus, Clarysage
and Ylang Ylang
. However, this oil should not be taken internally during pregnancy. Himalayan Cedarwood oil also has properties like anti-putrescent aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, and mucolytic to name a few.
Himalayan Cedarwood is a tall, evergreen tree up to 50 m high, occasionally more. It grows extensively on the slopes of the Himalayas in northern India.
Benefits of Himalayan Cedarwood Oil
Himalayan Cedarwood oil continues to have excellent healing properties in cases of infection of the kidneys and urinary tract.
This oil is an excellent choice for treating respiratory problems. It eases coughs and decreases the discomforts of colds and the flu.
It can be used in case of extreme stress and can help relieve anxiety.
It can even act as a pain reliever by relaxing the muscles.
It strengthens gums and loose muscles.
It is used in manufacturing of soap and aftershave.
It is often used in an aromatherapy oil diffuser to relieve the symptoms of insomnia.
It is also used as massage oil and in bath.
It helps to tighten the pores of the facial skin.
It can be used as an ingredient in shaving and men's skin care products.
It makes a good all-natural insect repellent.
Spiritually, it can be used when developing or mastering a pranayama (breathing exercise).
Precaution about Himalayan Cedarwood Oil
Himalayan Cedarwood oil should be avoided during pregnancy.
It is a strong oil so should only be used in proper diluted form on the skin.