What is cedarwood oil?

Cedarwood essential oil is taken from the various needles, barks, and berries of the cedar tree. It’s become a great choice for those who are looking for products with a rich and earthy aroma and is widely used in hair and skin care as well as added to fragrances and used in aromatherapy. With cedarwood essential oil becoming increasingly popular in the hair and beauty industry, what benefits can we expect to see from using this on our hair?

Cedarwood Oil For Hair: Benefits

Alongside having a sweet and woody aroma that can leave our hair smelling great, cedarwood essential oil has many other benefits when being used on the hair and scalp.

  • A study in the past has linked cedarwood oil to being useful for preventing excessive hair loss.
  • It’s also been linked in some studies to helping control skin conditions such as eczema of the scalp.
  • Cedarwood essential oil has strong anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat dandruff.
  • Some studies also link cedarwood oil to being effective in reducing stress and anxiety.

Cedarwood Oil Side Effects

Seen as a safe and easy to use product for the most part, our main warnings when it comes to using this particular oil product comes from potency. Always make sure that you dilute this essential oil – or any essential oil – with a carrier oil before use.

Due to the potency of cedarwood oil, be sure to try out a small patch test before applying this oil all over your hair and scalp. This will help you to know if you are going to have any reactions. Also, please note that anyone with an allergic reaction to cedar should NOT use this particular product.


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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