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Cedar oil is an essential oil extracted from the cedar tree. Also known as cedarwood oil, it has a pleasant scent and also has many health benefits.
You will find 3 methods of how cedar oil is made in this article – among the many ways to make cedar oil. Steam distillation at home is the most popular DIY process to make cedar oil.
Want to find out how to make cedar oil out of cedar trees? That depends on how much you want to make and what you’re going to use it for.
Let us take a look at the different methods that can help you make cedar oil.
How to Make Cedar Oil in 3 Different Methods
Method 1: Home Steam Distillation
Steam distillation at home will extract cedar oil and is relatively easy if you have the equipment for steam distillation.
You will need distillation apparatus like flasks, stand, silicone hose, condenser, separatory funnel, that will capture the distillation.
You will need a boiling pot, heat source, 4 cups of distilled water.
For the raw materials, you can collect cedar leaves.
Take your steel pot and fill around 1 inch of the bottom of the pot with the cedar leaves (bark and cedar berries optional) and put the can in between.
Then fill up the pot with more cedar leaves up to the height of the can. Now pour 4 cups of distilled water into the pot and put it on the flame to boil.
Now lower your heat and put your lid upside down. Make sure that your handle of the lid should be on top of the can. Fill the lid with ice cubes on top.
You will see the steam coming up. The ice and the lid will concentrate the liquid in the can.
When you can see about 3 cups of the liquid has collected in the box, remove the heat source and strain the leftover liquid from the pot with a strainer.
The liquid you have gathered is called hydrosol. Now let it rest for a while. After that, you will be able to find oil collected on top of the liquid.
Use a cotton ball to soak up the oil and store it in a bottle in the refrigerator.
You can store the hydrosol in the refrigerator and use it as a body mist, air freshener, and cleaner.
Method 2: Commercial Distillation
In the commercial area, the extraction of cedar oil is done in two different distillation processes. They work by adding pressure to extract the oil from the cedarwood.
The commercial machinery is expensive and the wood distillation process requires carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide is harmful at high concentrations, so the production of cedar oil using this process is limited in amount.
Method 3: Oil or Alcohol Base Extraction
Oil or alcohol can be used to extract the cedar oil or scent in them.
For this method, you will need a clean jar, cedar leaves, (bark and cedar berries optional), and almond oil or vodka.
First, clean the jar properly with soapy water and let it dry for a while.
After it’s dry, fill that up with the cedar leaves you have collected.
Now pour in the almond oil or vodka in the jar to completely submerge the cedar leaves. Close the cap of the jar tight enough so that the air does not get inside.
Keep your jar in a cold and dark area for about a week.
After seven days, take the jar out strain the liquid through a strainer. Keep your cedar oil extract in a clean pot for future use.
The cedar oil base can be diluted for moisturizers and buffing cleaners.
The vodka cedar base can be used to make homemade perfume and sprayed to relieve joint pain.
These simple methods can help extract cedar oil at home.
In the below section, you can find out different ways to use cedar oil and how to make a spray out of it.
Making Cedar Oil Spray
Cedar oil spray is easy to make. First, you need to choose what type of base oil you want to mix with the cedar oil and what it will be used for.
Almond oil is a great oil base for moisturizers while a few drops of cedar oil adds antibacterial benefits.
To clean floors and countertops, add a few drops of cedarwood essential oil to a gallon of warm water. Optionally, add half a cup of vinegar or 1/4 cup of baking soda.
Then mix all the ingredients in the ratio and pour them into a spray bottle.
Do not forget to clean the spray bottle before you pour the solution into it. Cleaning and drying the bottle beforehand will ensure the purity of the oil mixture.
Cedarwood Oil for Fleas
Cedarwood oil sprays for fleas are good for preventing fleas at home. They are safe to use around pets.
You can make a spray out of 20 drops of cedar oil and 8oz of spring or distilled water to spray it at home.
How to Use Cedarwood Oil for Hair Loss
Using cedar oil along with lavender and rosemary oil can help reduce hair loss.
Mix a few drops of the oil extracts with a base oil and massage it to your scalp.
Good candidates for base oils are relatively inexpensive and easy to find: coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.
Leave it in for at least 15 minutes to condition your hair. Use it as a hair mask before shampooing or as a leave-in conditioner.
What is Cedar Hydrosol Used For?
Cedar leaf hydrosols have a light, sweet scent that is refreshing like the smell of cedar trees.
They have a rich history for spiritual and medicinal purposes. Spiritually, they are used in smudge sticks. Medicinally, the sap was used to disinfect wounds. In the production of cedar oil, a byproduct that is the leftover water is called the cedar leaf hydrosol.
Cedarwood hydrosols can be used as an astringent to soothe inflamed skin. Use it as a spray or add it to skin lotions.
Use a small amount of the cedar hydrosol on a warm towel for a facial treatment, avoiding contact with eyes.
You can use it as a spray to freshen the air.
As a spiritual ritual, use cedarwood hydrosols as a liquid smudge to help clear negative energies.
Always store hydrosol in the fridge to keep it fresh.
Cedar oil is beneficial for your health and the healthy environment of your home. With the help of this oil, you can remove fleas from your home and get relief from the joint pain.