Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Red cedarwood essential oil

Red Cedarwood essential oil, thuja plicata, or red cedarwood oil is also known as western red cedar oil, and is commonly known for it's use as an insect and moth repellent. The essential oil has the same aroma as that of a cedar closet, or cedar chest, used for storing clothing.
Western red cedar is a tall, evergreen, pacific north american tree (thuja plicata) having flattened branches, scale like opposite leaves, and small, ovoid seed-bearing cones, and is also called western red cedar. The essential oil is produced by steam distillation of the wood itself, the center, or heartwood, containing the highest concentrations of oil.
Red cedarwood essential oil, thuja plicata, blends well with the following essential oils: sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, and rose oils. Red cedarwood oil can provide a strong base note for floral blends.
Red cedarwood oil cautions - Undiluted, it can cause skin irritation, so always dilute with a carrier oil. Cedar wood oil should not be used in any form by pregnant women. Red cedarwood oil is strongly astringent and makes an excellent treatment for oily hair.
Red cedarwood oil properties - Antiseptic, antiputrescent, antiseborrheic, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, mucolytic, sedative(nervous), stimulant(circulatory).

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