Cedarwood diffuser blends & recipes (8 amazing ways to benefit)

By Alison Angold | Qualified Aromatherapist | CIDESCO ITEC

Cedarwood essential oil is a woody fragrance but with a light medicinal note. It is extracted from the wood of the cedarwood tree which is found mostly in the USA.

Cedarwood has many, useful therapeutic actions, which makes it a good all-around oil to use in many different ways. Using Cedarwood diffuser blends is an ideal way to benefit from its properties.

A bottle of cedarwood essential oil on a white shelf.  Cedarwood diffuser blends

8 Easy ways to benefit from Cedarwood essential oil

  1. Recover from coughs and catarrh by burning or diffusing
  2. Feel calm and ease anxiety by creating a diffuser blends
  3. Diffuse for an effective insect repellent
  4. Soothe bites and stings by blending an anti-itch cream (1)
  5. Create a scalp treatment, for irritated scalp and oily hair or hair loss
  6. Add to a hand cream to ease the pain of bone and joint problems (1)
  7. Blend in a rollerball bottle, to calm anxiety on the go
  8. Ease bronchitis by blending a chest rub (1)

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Cedarwood diffuser blends

Cedarwood essential oil next to a burner on a white shelf

Diffuser blend for coughs

Add these oils to your diffuser or burner, and allow the scents to fill the room and be inhaled

Cedarwood, Pine & Lavender

Respiratory tract blend

Cypress, Cedarwood & Eucalyptus

Calming diffuser blend

A lovely blend to add to your diffuser or burner to keep a calm atmosphere in your home. An ideal blend to use before bed to promote a good night’s sleep.

Cedarwood, Lavender & Vetiver

Fresh scent cedarwood blend

Cedarwood, Orange, Rosemary & Bergamot

Diffuser blend to repel insects

Cedarwood, Citronella & Tea tree

A lovely fresh, summer blend. Use these oils in a burner or diffuser, indoors or out, to help repel mosquitoes and other insects.

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Info sheet on benefits of cedarwood oil

Cedarwood Essential Oil recipes

Anti-itch cream for bites & stings

This is a perfect cream to apply to bites and stings to take away the itch that commonly occurs with these.

Try to use a very plain cream or lotion so excess ingredients or chemicals do not interfere with the benefits and actions of the essential oil. Blend together and store in an amber jar or bottle.

  • 50ml plain hand or body lotion
  • 7 drops Benzoin
  • 7 drops Chamomile
  • 6 drops Cedarwood

(Avoid Chamomile in the early stages of pregnancy)

Scalp treatment for oily or irritated scalp

Even though this uses oil as its base, it is a very good treatment for helping to reduce an oily scalp and hair. Jojoba oil works very well at reducing the amount of sebum being produced from the scalp.

Blend together and store in an amber glass bottle. massage a small amount into the scalp, leave on for 10 minutes or more, and then thoroughly shampoo out.

  • 20ml Jojoba oil
  • 4 drops Mandarin
  • 4 drops Cedarwood


Pain relief hand cream

A lovely hand cream to warm and ease the pain of joint problems. Keep it handy and use it often to massage into the hands.

  • 50ml plain hand cream
  • 8 drops Cedarwood
  • 6 drops Geranium
  • 6 drops Chamomile

(Chamomile should be avoided during early pregnancy)

More recipes for back pain.

Anti-anxiety rollerball blend

A rollerball is an ideal way of using essential oils on the go. If you suffer from anxiety or feel stressed, use this blend to apply to the pulse points on the wrists or the temples. Blend together in a small rollerball bottle.

  • 10ml sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Mandarin


Chest rub

This is a great natural alternative to traditional vapour rubs. Using a very plain cream or lotion will allow the benefits of the essential oils to shine through, rather than being masked by other additives or chemicals.

Blend together and store in an amber glass jar. Apply a small amount onto the chest and massage in, to allow the therapeutic actions of the oils to be absorbed into the skin and to be inhaled.

  • 50ml plain body lotion/hand cream
  • 8 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Myrrh
  • 6 drops Grapefruit

(Avoid Myrrh during pregnancy)

Benefits & effects of Cedarwood essential oil

Cedarwood essential oil for the skin

Cedarwood is calming on skin irritation so very useful for easing itching on insect bites and stings. It is considered an antiseptic and astringent essential oil so can also be useful for oily skin conditions. Cedarwood can be used to calm the itching and help to heal the itchy rash of chicken pox.

Cedarwood for the circulatory system

Cedarwood stimulates the circulation and can benefit conditions such as arthritis or rheumatism. It will help to warm the area of concern as well, so can help to ease the pain associated with these conditions.

Cedarwood for the nervous system

This oil is a sedative for the nervous system, which means that it can help to calm nerve endings, which may be causing anxiety or panic.

Cedarwood for the respiratory system

This is a great oil to help get rid of catarrh and to aid in reducing and healing coughs or respiratory disorders such as bronchitis.

What does cedarwood blend well with?

The deep woody scent of cedarwood essential oil blends, with many different oils, but it blends best with the following oils;

Precautions of Cedarwood essential oil

Cedarwood essential oil should not be used during pregnancy.

While cedarwood is useful for treating sensitive skin conditions and respiratory disorders, if you know that you are very sensitive in these areas, then proceed with caution. Always do a patch test on the skin, by diluting 1 drop of essential oil in a small amount of carrier oil, and apply to the skin. Wait 24 hours to see how your skin has reacted.

Never apply cedarwood essential oil directly to the skin – always dilute in a carrier oil first.

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About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.