The Benefits of Cedar Essential Oil

Cedar essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy (a form of alternative medicine). Sometimes referred to as cedarwood essential oil, it's sourced from the wood of the cedar tree (Cedrus atlantica). With a rich and woody aroma, cedar essential oil is said to offer a variety of benefits for mental and physical health. 

How It Works

In aromatherapy, inhaling the aroma of cedar essential oil (or absorbing cedar essential oil through the skin) is thought to transmit messages to a brain region involved in controlling emotions. Known as the limbic system, this brain region also influences the nervous system. Aromatherapy proponents suggest that essential oils may affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.


In aromatherapy, cedar essential oil is typically used for the following health problems:

  • acne
  • osteoarthritis
  • bronchits
  • colds
  • coughs
  • cystitis
  • dandruff
  • eczema
  • insomnia
  • ulcers

In addition, cedar essential oil is said to reduce stress.