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Hooray for Cedarwood Closet Spray!

Hooray for Cedarwood Closet Spray!

Protect your clothes from pests with DIY Cedarwood Closet Spray.

Using Cedarwood closet spray is a traditional & modern technique for protecting your clothes.

Atlas Cedarwood contains a high concentration of essential oil, which protects it from insects and fungus, and which slows its rate of decay. 

That’s why it’s been used throughout history as a building material. The Ancient Egyptians even used Atlas Cedarwood as part of the embalming process!

Protect your clothes with Cedarwood Closet Spray!

These days, Atlas Cedarwood is still used to protect against insects—especially in closets. 

Its scent repels moths and other pests, such as silverfish and spiders. Many people even have their closets built of Cedarwood or lined with Cedarwood planks. 

Whether or not you have a Cedarwood closet, you can still protect your clothes with Cedarwood oil. This recipe is for a gorgeous Cedarwood Closet Spray with a hint of spice!

Cedar Chai Closet Spray

  • 2 oz (60 ml) ml Chai co-distill hydrosol
  • 25 drops Atlas Cedarwood essential oil (Cedrus atlantica)
  • 4 ml Solubol (dispersant)

To make this recipe, simply pour the Chai hydrosol into a 2 oz (60 ml) bottle.  Add the Solubol and the drops of Atlas Cedarwood oil. Close the bottle, shake well, and mist it all over your clothes in your closet! 

It makes your wardrobe smell gorgeous (you’ll get hints of the scent when you get dressed) as it’s protecting your clothes. This recipe also makes a great upholstery and carpet spray.

If you don’t have Atlas Cedarwood, feel free to use another type of Cedarwood oil. There are a wide variety of Cedar species. Learn to substitute them on this Aromahead post—which includes another Cedarwood closet spray recipe! 

Cedar Chai Closet Spray

Curious about Chai co-distill hydrosol?

I absolutely love this hydrosol and I can’t wait to tell you about it!

Hydrosols are the water-based portion of a distillate.

When an aromatic plant goes into the still with water, heat is applied. The heat releases the plant’s essential oil, and the water becomes infused with the water-based elements of the plant. 

That’s how the water becomes hydrosol!

Chai co-distill hydrosol is made by distilling ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, black pepper, and star anise together (hence the word “co-distill”) to produce a hydrosol that smells sweet, spicy, warm, and irresistible!

You can find it at Aromatics International. 

Sometimes I add a teaspoon of Chai co-distill hydrosol to hot water and sip it as tea. It’s much gentler than essential oil, and is safe to drink and spray directly on your skin. (The Cedar Chai Closet Spray is only designed to be misted on fabrics and in the air, though.)

I hope this recipe makes your wardrobe smell fresh and spicy!

3 Hydrosol Blends

NOTE: Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) is on the endangered list. It's a good idea to ask your supplier how their oil is sourced and produced. Aromatics International gets their Cedrus atlantica from a plantation that uses sustainable practices, so the wood isn't taken from the wild. (Just like Sandalwood, there are plantations that grow Cedrus atlantica with fully sustainable harvesting methods.) It's exciting to see this type of conservation and sustainability making a positive impact!  We can also suggest using Juniperus virginiana instead of Cedrus atlantica.

REFERENCES
Battaglia, S. (1995) The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. Virginia, QLD: Perfect Potion

Mojay, G. (1997) Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press

Karen serves as Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students and helps them earn aromatherapy certification. Karen’s strong values for healthcare, education, and sustainable practices have guided her entire career, and remain the principles that shape her daily activities at Aromahead. Karen loves sharing her knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance the beauty of ones’ journey through life and has authored numerous articles and guides on the safe and effective therapeutic uses of essential oils. In Karen’s free time, she can be found hiking amongst nature, reading, and enjoying her family.

Topics: essential oil bug repellent, essential oil closet spray, chai hydrosol, natural room spray with essential oils, how to use hydrosols, diy products, atlas cedarwood, carpet spray

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