28 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin
Cade Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
Potent cade oil is a useful anti-inflammatory and has powerful cleaning abilities.
Extracted from the wood of the juniper shrub, cade essential oil has ancient associations with protection against illness, negative forces, and evil.
Sacred to the ancient Mesopotamian goddess Inanna, the oil is prevalent in ancient mythology, and was burned in ancient Sumeria and Babylonia as a sacrifice to the gods. Cade is a very potent essential oil, and whilst it can be very beneficial for skin and scalp health, it should only be applied and low doses and should always be properly diluted.
Cade essential oil helps to soothe redness and inflammation.
Cade is observed to have an anti-inflammatory effect on skin and tissues, and can help to soothe swollen muscles when used in massage. Small amounts of diluted cade oil can also be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis by calming the skin and reducing redness and swelling. May people have found that combining a few drops of cade oil with a facial cream or a vegetable carrier oil and applying topically can help to improve symptoms of a number of skin conditions.
Another reason why cade oil is a great skincare choice is that it has antimicrobial and antiseptic effects, allowing it to combat harmful microorganisms. Applied to the skin, cade can fight bad bacteria and leave skin clearer and more hygienic. Diluted cade oil can also be useful in home cleaners, helping to eliminate bacteria in the home as well.
It can help to treat dandruff.
Cade’s effect on dandruff is perhaps the most well-known of its benefits. The oil is a common ingredient in dandruff shampoos, and many people have reported that a small amount of cade oil mixed in with a carrier oil or a regular shampoo can improve symptoms. This is due in part to cade oil’s antimicrobial activities, and also to its ability to soothe skin and inhibit itching.
It’s a great base note.
Cade is used widely in perfumery as a smoky, intriguing base note, able to support a range of other scents. For this reason, it works very well in home blends and is a great choice for hobbyists. Cade oil can be used as a base note in soap, candles, potpourri, and other perfumed home crafts, and can help to set a smoky, woody, or luxurious tone.
Powerful, smoky, and treacle-scented, cade is an unusual oil that is not particularly known or acknowledged in the world of aromatherapy. Not only does it have many benefits, however – it’s also an incredibly potent oil both in scent and application, of which a little bit goes a long way.
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