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Is Cedar Oil Safe? [FAQ]


Alcohols and terpenes derived from cedar are food additives listed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). These food additives are used as flavor enhancers, flavoring agents, or adjuvants. Cedarwood oil is often used in homeopathic remedies, vaporizing ointment, and topical products.


Is cedar oil safe in the workplace?

No standards or guidelines have been set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for cedar oil. OSHA has not spoken about occupational exposure or workplace allowable levels of cedar oil.

Cedarwood oil is not listed on the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) list of compounds recommended for a Threshold Limit Value (TLV) or Biological Exposure Index (BEI). In layman's terms, this means the ACGIH doesn't find cedar oil dangerous.

If cedar oil were considered unsafe it would have associated regulations, standards, guidelines, and exposure limits by one or multiple federal authorities. Currently, it has none.

Is cedar oil safe for the environment?

Cedar oil is also not listed as a hazardous substance, priority pollutant, or toxic pollutant under the Clean Water Act. Cedarwood oil was initially registered in 1960 as a pesticide to repel moths from clothing. Because of this, cedar oil was subject to the requirements for reregistration eligibility broadcast by the EPA in 1988. The EPA issued its Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) document for cedarwood oil in 1993.

Based on information collected as the result of RED, the EPA deregulated cedarwood oil in 1996 and no longer requires manufacturers of cedar oil products to register the oil as a pesticide.

This is why Wondercide products carry the FIFRA 25b Exempt From Registration status. Cedar oil is the active ingredient in Wondercide products but is not considered harmful to people, pets, or the environment; so, we don't have to register our products with the EPA.

Is cedar oil safe for pets?

YES, cedar oil is safe for pets and people, including cats, newborns, and nursing moms.

Many people ask, "Is cedar oil safe for cats?" We understand the confusion about this topic. There is a lot of contradictory information on the internet about cedar oil.

While cats are more sensitive (to everything) by nature, you can safely and effectively use Wondercide cedar oil as a natural flea and tick control on cats. We use the highest-quality, purest, steam-distilled cedar oil and we properly dilute it to ensure safety. Experts agree those are the two most important aspects of essential oil safety. We also never use varietals with phenols. That's because cats' livers can't process phenolic compounds. Wondercide is also clove free.

Learn how to use Flea & Tick Pets + Home on cats and the signs of cat sensitivity on this page.

Is Cedar Oil Toxic to Cats

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