There are two commercial oils which are known as cedarwood, Atlas cedarwood, which is a true cedarwood, and red cedar. Cedarwood is known for use with problem skin, as an insect repellent, and as an inhalent in respiratory complaints. It’s actions are sedative, astringent, and antiseptic. It can be used to treat oily skin and scalp, relieve itching, and help more serious skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. High concentrations will irritate the skin. Cedarwood is similar in action to the highly expensive sandalwood, it also has a sedative effect making it grounding in conditions of anxiety and nervous tension. Use the essential oil in skin care and aromatherapy diffusers. Some dishes, such as spoons and salad bowls, are made with white cedar. Red cedar is never used as food items.
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