What Is Cedarwood Oil Good For?

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not to be used as a prescriptive tool. Colvin Curiosity does not recommend the ingestion of essential oils nor using essential oils topically without dilution. For inquiries corresponding to the medicinal usage of herbs or essential oils, contact a doctor and/or aromatherapist

Cedarwood that’s not cedarwood?

The most common cedarwood oil, Cedrus Atlantica, comes from Morocco. Its name, atlas cedarwood, comes from the fact that it is from the atlantic. While there are four oils called cedarwood, only two are actually from cedarwood trees. Himalayan and atlas cedarwood come from the cedar genus, while Texan and Virginian cedarwood come from the juniper genus.


It’s used for the skin (especially for rashes and eczema), scalp, hair loss, insect repellant, and congestion. It is not to be used by pregnant women. Some properties include:

  • Insect repellant
  • Anti-congestion
  • Anti-inflammatory (skin)
  • Antifungal
  • Antispasmodic and spasmolytic


The true cedarwoods typically contain alpha-pinene, himachalol, cedrol, beta-cedrene, and thujopsene. Juniper based “cedarwoods” have major constituents of cedrol and thujopsene.


alpha-pinene is a monoterpene with gastroprotective properties. It has been shown that there is a strong correlation between alpha-pinene and antiulcerogenic activity. It has also been shown to be insect repellant, sedative, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticatabolic (prevents muscle breakdown), and bronchodilating. Its hypoglycemic (reducing blood sugar) properties may give it some promise in diabetes treatment.

beta-cedrene, cedrol, thujopsene

Cedrol and beta-cedrene have been shown to exhibit antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, sedative, insecticidal, and antifungal activities.


Himachalol exhibits spasmolytic activity and possibly anti-inflammatory properties.

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