About 30% of Japanese people have cedar pollinosis, and it can be said that it is already a national disease. Unfortunately, the altitude of Japan was burnt down during the Second World War, so many cedars and cypresses, which grow quickly and are easy to use as timber, were planted. Thanks to that, Japan has become a rare country in the world with wooden architecture that is attracting attention around the world and abundant access to clean water. However, this time, the use of domestic timber decreased due to the pressure from cheap timber from overseas, and the forestry industry became a deficit industry. The number of forests left unattended is increasing due to aging and depopulation, the cost of forest thinning and other maintenance, and labor shortages. For this reason, more and more people are suffering from hay fever due to the pollen scattered from the overgrown cedar.
Cedar essential oil is different from pollen, but rather a reassuring ally
Therefore, cedar essential oil is starting to attract attention. The cedar essential oil obtained by steam distillation from the foliage and wood is completely different from cedar pollen. There is no problem even if people with cedar pollinosis use it. The aromatic components of cedar essential oil are carried from the olfactory route to the brain in an aromatic bath, or from the blood vessels to the whole body through the percutaneous route, but they are completely different from pollen, which is an allergen. Rather, it is an ally of hay fever that can be expected to have a sedative effect due to its scent and an effect that calms allergies. In addition, the use of cedar essential oil reduces the amount of cedar pollen scattered by pruning and thinning the cedar that is the raw material. It is one of the Japanese essential oils that I would like to actively use.
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