Essential Oil: Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus Atlantica)
Origin: Lebanon, Morocco and parts of Turkey – now grown commercially in USA
Plant part: Steam distilled from wood
Fragrance: warm, sweet, woody – middle note
Chemical Constituents: a-cedrene, b-cedrene, thujopsene, other sesquiterpenes, cedrol and widdrol
Cedarwood trees are enormously tall, broad, strong trees that grow at higher altitudes. The original source of cedarwood trees is all but gone now due to the high demand for the essential oil. Only a small number remain in the Middle East, with the oldest tree thought to be over 2,500 years in age.
Cedarwood essential oil has a wonderful fragrance that is sweet, warm and woody. It blends well with a wide variety of other essential oils. It is useful for encouraging self belief and helping less confident individuals tap into their own inner-strengths, and find that place of courage that is always there, but sometimes hard to find. Like the tree itself, this oil is all about, standing true and tall. Unwavering in the face of challenge, it helps with perseverance and endurance. A drop of cedarwood mixed with a drop of sandalwood and then rubbed on the pulse points will do wonders for the many of us who experience stress, anxiety and overwhelm in a busy world. It is a warm, comforting oil, which generously imparts its strength and confidence.
The fragrance of cedarwood, although appealing to us, is repugnant to insects, which makes it perfect for use in insect repellent concoctions. A blend with lemongrass, lavender, geranium and a little manuka oil diluted to 3% in a carrier oil makes an effective mosquito repellent suitable to be rubbed onto skin.
Like other oils from conifers, cedarwood is a very useful oil in the treatment bronchial ailments because it has an antispasmodic effect which relaxes muscles. It is a tonic for all the organic systems of the body and stimulates them into working more efficiently.