Cedar wood  (Cedrus)

Latin:  Cedrus atlantica

Family:  Pinacaeae

Parts Used:  Needles, as essential oil, hydrosol, or incense.

Taste/Energetics:  Stimulating, warming

Properties:  Diaphoretic, expectorant, circulatory stimulant, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, anxiolytic, emmenagogue

Actions:  A cold climate native with a strong rich scent, cedar wood is often used as an aromatic aid to relieve cramping and spasms that happen in the digestive, uterine and respiratory system.  Its useful externally  for soothing irritating itching due to eczema and for general dryness due to stagnation and poor circulation. Its ability to help with circulation also makes it useful via scent inhalation and as an external liniment for arthritis and rheumatism.   In terms of mental health it is another nice warming, stimulating aromatic conifer that is helpful for those who feel stagnant, tight, lethargic and heavy.

Dosage:  Most often used used in essential oil in sprays, bath salts and massage oils.  5 drops essential oil in 10 ml of carrier oil.

Contraindications:   Avoid in pregnancy.