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Western Red Cedar Essential Oil is a rare and unique oil that is distilled from the leaves and branches of the tree.
Western Red Cedar has been used for everything by the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast for thousands of years. They used the wood for constructing totem poles, homes and ceremonial objects. And they used the roots, leaves and bark for baskets, ropes and clothing.
Did you know that the Bella Coola Indians used the powdered leaves for easing stomach and respiratory support? Yes, they did and they used the bark and roots as well.
Today, Western Red Cedar Essential Oil is documented to be nourishing to the skin and hair, and contains a high percentage of ketones. Most oils that contain ketones are extremely sedative and calming, and have very powerful aromas!
Western Red Cedar essential oil is no exception. Its aroma is very strong, and it is known to enhance meditation.
I know from my own experience that the energies of this oil are very powerful but balancing. The first time I held this oil in my hand I felt my energy shifting inward. My mind became perfectly clear and my body strengthened.
It was an amazing experience and I am still learning about the spiritual and physical benefits of this oil.
As I do receive new information and testimonials for Western Red Cedar Oil, they will be added to this page. So check back frequently or subscribe to the Oil Blog so you don’t miss a thing!
Please read below for more information on Red Cedar Essential Oil. It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
What is the Genus Species? Thuja plicata
Why is this Information Important? It is always important to know the genus species and what part of the plant the oil is distilled from.
For instance, Canadian Red Cedar also is from the same species, Thuja plicata. However, it is distilled from the bark, not the leaves (see below) and is red in color.
Remember, many companies may use a substitute species or a combination of species that may not offer the therapeutic benefit you are looking for. Even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same.
Where is the Name Derived From? Plicata is derived from Latin word "plico" meaning "folded" or "fold together".
Why is this Information so Important? Its not, it's just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves and branches
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the Materia Medica of 1927 described the medicine of four tribes from British Columbia, the Bella Coola, the Gitksan, the Carrier and the Sikani? It was in this document that the many medicinal uses of the Western Red Cedar were first published.
What are the Plant Properties? Grounding and cleansing
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is mentally grounding and calming. Strong scent, spicy and woody.
What is Nan's Mental (Mindset), Emotional and Spiritual Interpretation of this Oil?
Western Red Cedar essential oil may regulate the rhythm of the body so that the heart "resets" the body energetically. This action releases stagnant "heart" energy, and brings about a new energy. The new energy is clean, grounded and spiritually conscious.
Western Red Cedar essential oil definitely opens communication for meditation and journeying. Its energy extends downward to the core center of the Earth and upward through your spine to the Central Sun or Universe.
Western Red Cedar essential oil is also very powerful oil for emotional release work on a conscious and subconscious level. It may bring up fears that are holding you back and keeping you on a level of survival, or blocking you from moving spiritually into your intended work.
What Chakra is Affected? The heart and solar plexus chakra.
What is the Corresponding Chakra Color? Orange and yellow.
How Do I Use It?
Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
Can this Oil be Used for Animals? No, I would not recommend it for pet use - only aromatic use. Or when balanced in a professionaly made blend.
Note About Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular that are not therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions?
Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used! Red Cedar essential oil should only be used topically. Although, books document a 50:50 dilution, I wouldn't hesitate to use additional dilution with this oil due to its high thujone content.
Thujone has been a source of some controversy, especially within the British School of Aromatherapy because it potentially may have a neruotoxic effect in high dosages. But, remember, that any product used incorrectly and in high doses may be harmful to the body.
With that said, there are other oils that are rich in thujone, including sage (Salvia officinalis) and wild tansy (Tanacetum annum). So, as with all oils use them properly and when in doubt dilute more than less. This oil may produce skin irritation without dilution.
Would consider not using this during pregnancy. Please use your own comfort level or consult a trained medical professional for further information.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that largest known western red cedar in the world, the Quinault Lake Red Cedar; has a wood volume of 17,700 cubic feet or 500 cubic meters? It is 180.5 feet high and has a diameter that is 20 feet! Wow, that is a big tree!
Did you know that the species of Thuja is actually in the cypress family Cupressaceae along with Cypress of course?
Did you know that the Red Cedar live nearly a thousand years or more? Certain specimens on Queen Charlotte Islands are around nine hundred years old or older!
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