Cedarwood, Atlas Oil

Cedarwood was used by the Egyptians in the embalming process and as a perfume ingredient. Noah burned cedarwood incense in thanks for surviving the flood and the Tibetans currently burn this incense in their temples.

Typical Lozenge Motif Carved from Cedarwood, Morocco
Typical Lozenge Motif Carved from Cedarwood, Morocco

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Botanical Name - Cedrus atlantica

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Wood chips and sawdust

Note Classification - Base

Aroma - Woody, balsamic, rich dry overtones

Color - Pale yellow to deep amber

Effect - Cooling

Largest Producing Countries - USA, Africa and Morocco

Other Countries of Origin - Algeria

Traditional Use - The oil has been used for bronchial and urinary tract infections. Cedarwood also has a long history as an incense and perfume. The wood was burned by the Greeks and Romans to fragrant the air.

Properties - Antifungal, antiputrefactive, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, regenerative, sedative, stimulant (circulatory), tonic.

Benefits - Acne, air purifier, anxiety, arthritis, boosts memory, bronchitis, cellulite, coughs, dandruff, dry skin and hair, fungal infections, immune stimulant, insect repellant, nervous tension, promotes regular menstruation, rashes, relieves symptoms of menopause, rheumatism, skin infections, ulcers. Cedarwood is a good addition to a hair tonic, and gives the aroma a long lasting undertone.

Blends Well With - Bergamot, chamomile roman, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, jasmine, juniper, labdanum, lavender, neroli, palmarosa, petitgrain, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang.

Safety Data - Be aware of which Cedar you are using. Make sure that you are using Cedrus, not Juniperus or Thuja. Use this oil in low dilutions (1%) as it may sensitize the skin. Avoid this oil during pregnancy.


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