One of my favorite things in the world is to take a simple walk in the woods, and while walking in the woods breathe in that fresh air from nature. That fresh crisp air is one of the best things not only for a clear mind but also incredibly beneficial for the lungs and lymphatic system. The purer the oxygen for the lungs to breathe the better quality oxygen that gets absorbed into the blood.
When you walk in the forest and you smell the trees you’re smelling something very valuable for your health. Something called terpenes. Terpenes are plant compounds that give them an aromatic smell. Examples of plants with potent terpenes include cannabis, lavender, a fresh orange peel, and more!
If you’re in the forest you may smell pine trees or cedarwood trees. These are also emitting terpenes that are engaging your sense of smell.
Terpenes Engage Your Sense Of Smell But Do Much More
When terpenes are discussed by people they typically talk about the different terpene profiles and how each smell is different and nice. These smells are not only pleasant but they have a variety of therapeutic benefits. Terpene have documented and well researched benefits that range from antimicrobial to antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antihyperglycemic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-parasitic and more!
If you’re from the north or live in the north you’ll recognize the beauty and smell of a cedarwood tree.
5 Beauty + Immunity Benefits Of Cedarwood Oil
- Antiseborrhoeic Properties:
Cedarwood essential oil has antiseborrhoeic properties which support the skin in creating healthy levels of sebum. Red, yellow or white spots near the hair follicles can be evened out with an antiseborrhoeic and anti-inflammatory agent such as cedarwood oil. This helps the skin to stay balanced and the meeting of hair and skin follicles to make a healthy connection.
- Reduces Hair Loss:
Cedarwood supports healthy hair growth and facilitating more circulation towards the scalp. Cedarwood, thyme, rosemary and lavender essential oils has been shown to enhance hair growth up to 44% with just 7 months of treatment on the scalp. You can simply massage the blend of these oils onto your scalp and rinse 30 minutes later. Be careful not to get these oils in your eyes, that will create a burning sensation that you will not enjoy!
- Cedarwood is Anti-inflammatory:
Cedarwood has been found in animals and humans to be anti-inflammatory in studies. It has been shown to have positive effects on arthritis. Inflammation surrounding arthritis can be benefited by applying the essential oil topically or inhaling it into the lungs. Any anti-inflammatory agent is also going to bring beauty to the surface of the skin and scalp. This is a great reason to get out in nature and hike with the Cedars!
- Cedarwood Benefits Respiratory Issues:
Cedarwood can help to improve health of the respiratory tract and clear mucus from the lungs. You can apply cedarwood essential oil to your chest or to your throat, as was inhale the oil to improve lung and respiratory health. Cedarwood improves the immune health of the respiratory and oxygen systems in the body.
- Cedarwood Oil Regulates Menstruation:
Cedarwood oil helps to regulate menstruation by managing your monthly period. It helps to activate blood flow but as well as to help with negative effects of pain, nausea, fatigue, even mood swings when related to menstruation. You can apply two drops of cedarwood oil paired with a carrier oil applied to the stomach or bottom of the feet for hormonal improvement.
- Cedarwood Relieves Tension & Improves Sleep:
Cedarwood essential oil has sedative effects and helps the body to relax and relieve tension. It’s a helpful destressing tool and the terpene profile supports that “ahhh” relaxation feeling you receive when smelling it. The fresh scent of cedarwood actually allows the body to release serotonin. This hormone is converted into melatonin when needed which is a sleep hormone needed for quality sleep. One study found that rats that inhaled cedarwood oil reduced brain activity function and had higher rates of sleep as a result.
Cedarwood is such a beautiful tree to the eye of the beholder but also releases a strong terpene scent that can be benefited from in so many ways, whether internally, topically or inhaled. These are just reasons to enjoy the beautiful aroma of Cedar today!
There’s a reason we included cedarwood essential oil in the Radiate Immunity blend. Radiate Immunity is a blend of 18 Bioenergetics from Ayurvedic, Amazonian, Native American and Chinese medicine that benefits the respiratory system and oxygen pathways, Immunity and gut lining. Try Radiate Immunity today!