Using Cedarwood Oil in Your Home and Garden

Cedarwood oil has a warm, woodsy scent that promotes a relaxing environment when used topically or aromatically. Often referred to as Cedar oil, this essential oil is both unique and useful. There are many types of cedar trees, but all are coniferous, evergreen trees from the cypress family. Native to cold climates, Cedarwood thrives in high altitudes, with the potential to grow nearly 100 feet tall!

It possesses cleansing and soothing properties that make it useful for promoting healthy-looking skin, soothing the mind and body, cleaning around the house, or promoting a calm environment in any room. Cedarwood is also extremely useful for repelling insects both inside and outside.


 Because it is a grounding oil that can promote emotional balance, Cedar oil is a good essential oil to diffuse at the end of a long day when you want to create a relaxing environment. Cedarwood oil holds calming and grounding properties for both the mind and body. I often mix Cedarwood oil with other warm oils like Cinnamon and Sandalwood. It also blends well with floral oils like Patchouli and Jasmine, or citrus oils like Bergamot and Lime. Here are two of my favorite Cedarwood essential oil diffuser blends:

Alpine Awakening diffuser blend
2 drops Bergamot oil
1 drop Cedarwood oil
2 drops Wintergreen oil

California Coast diffuser blend
2 drops Frankincense oil
2 drops Cedarwood oil
1 drop Rosemary oil
2 drops Wild Orange oil

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Cedarwood has many other uses too!

  • You can use a few drops of Cedarwood on a felt pad in your closet to ward off bugs or to freshen up Cedarwood hangers and shoe trees. Cedarwood is especially effective to keep moths at bay.
  • Before exercising, massage one to two drops onto your chest to maintain vitality throughout your workout, and enjoy the vitality-boosting benefits of Cedarwood oil.
  • You can easily incorporate Cedarwood oil into your daily facial routine by simply adding one to two drops to your facial toner or moisturizer for added clarifying properties. The cleansing properties of Cedarwood oil can also help improve the appearance of skin imperfections. When you notice a fresh skin imperfection, directly apply one drop of Cedar oil to affected area to immediately improve the appearance.
  • When your child wakes up scared after a nightmare, apply Cedar oil to the bottom of his or her feet to help promote a peaceful, settled feeling. When you find yourself distressed by unfamiliar situations, inhale the aroma of Cedarwood oil to promote calming emotions.

What I have used it most for is insect repellent! When working in the garden, you can add Cedarwood essential oil to your mulch or topsoil to help keep insects at bay. To keep bugs away during seasons when insects are a threat, which is all year here in Florida, you can create your own essential oil bug repellant formula using Fractionated Coconut Oil and Cedarwood oil (simply apply to the body before going outside). Inside your house, place a drop of Cedar oil on a cotton ball and place in closets, storage boxes, or other areas to keep moths at bay. When the aroma fades, replace the old cotton ball with a fresh one to ensure that no bugs will make their home in your furniture or storage areas.


I am planning to try a Cedarwood spray on our cows, who are plagued by flies this time of year!


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