Cedarwood – Atlas Essential Oil Description:
Latin name: Cedrus atlantica. Family name: Pinaceae. There are several varieties of cedar; the Atlas Cedar is perhaps the most beneficial for aromatherapy. The oil is distilled from the wood and imported primarily from Morocco & Algeria, North Africa.
Characteristics: Cedarwood has a woody aroma. It blends well with: bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, jasmine, juniper, mimosa, neroli, oakmoss, rose, rosemary, vetiver and ylang ylang.
Extraction Method: Steam distillation of of wood and shavings.
Cedarwood – Atlas Essential Oil Cautions:
Safety Data: non toxic, non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Cedarwood – Atlas Essential Oil Use and Applications:
Circulation, muscles, and joints: May be used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism.
Genito/urinary tract: May be used in the treatment of cystitis and thrush. Stimulates the production urine and menstrual blood.
Emotions/mind and nervous system: nervous tension and stress.
Respiratory and immune system: May be used for flu, bronchitis, catarrh, respiratory disorders.
Skin/Hair Care: May be used for acne, dermatitis, eczema, cellulite, fungal infections. Cedarwood normalizes both dry and oily skin and hair; in hair care it is used to treat dandruff and hair loss. Use for skin eruptions and ulcers. Cedarwood is an insect repellent.
Recommended Use for: arthritis, muscle aches and pains, poor circulation, poor muscle tone, sprains, stiffness; colic, constipation, heartburn, nausea; colds, flus and viruses.
Actions: Antiseptic, antiputrescent, antiseborrheic, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, mucolytic, sedative (nervous), stimulant (circulatory), tonic.
Folk Tradition: Popularly used in perfumes, particularly men’s fragrances. Cedarwood oil has been used in the East for bronchial and urinary infections. It is traditionally used as temple incense by the Tibetans.
Sources for above information:
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, 1995
The Art of Aromatherpy by Robert Tisserand, 1977
375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose, 1999