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Cedarwood Atlas, Wildcrafted

Cedarwood Atlas, Wildcrafted


Pure, Therapeutic Cedarwood Atlas essential oil (Also called Moroccan Cedarwood or Atlas Cedar) Wildcrafted

Botanical nameCedrus atlantica

Extraction method / Source : Steam distillation from wood chips, sawdust, wood shavings

Aroma :  Sweet balsamic, becomes more woody as oil dries out.

Note classification : Base       Odor Intentity :

Key constituents : Sesquiterpenes (himachalenes, Alpha-himachalene, Beta-himachalene, cis-bisbolene), Sesquiterpene alcohols (himachalol, allo-himachalol)        (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)

Shelf Life:   4 years if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.

Plant description : Botanical family : Pinaceae           The Atlas Cedar is an evergreen tree native to Africa, and has been brought to the USA.  The tree grows to a height of about 130-140 feet and has grey-green needlelike leaves and small light green cones which mature to a brown-grey color.  If undisturbed, the tree can reach an age of 1000 to 2000 years.

Regions of Production :  Morocco,  Algeria

Growing Practices :   Trees indigenous to the region as harvested from the wild,  away from pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Replanting is done yearly to assure survival of the species.

Properties : Antiseptic, astringent, anti-seborrheic, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, sedative.  (Battaglia, 2003)    Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.

Uses / Benefits :  Supports lymphatic drainage, helps reduce edema, stimulates the breakdown of accumulated fats, helps reduce cellulite,  helps reduce mucus, beneficial for treating cough and chronic bronchitis, supports the treatment of cystitis and urinary tract infections, useful in the management of oily skin and related conditions, supports treatment of dandruff and seborrhea, strengthens hair.  Supports healthy kidneys, spleen, and pancreas.  When rubbed on the chest Cedarwood can help manage cough, helps open sinuses and breathing passages, and helps ease chest congestion.  Helps to loosen tight, sore muscles. Repels insects, is cooling, used in making natural perfumes.  

Modes of Administration : Topical : massage, compress, bath,  skin care.  Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer.

Fragrant influences:    Calming, helps to clear the mind and increase concentration.  It helps ease anxiety and nervous tension – most useful for chronic conditions, and can act as a  sedative.  Helpful for meditation.

Safety :  Do not use during pregnancy or while breast feeding.   May irritate sensitive skin.   All cedar essential oils contain thujon, and should never be taken internally. (Battaglia, 2003)

Blends well with :   Bay, Bergamot, Cardamom, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fir, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Marjoram, Orange, Neroli,  Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Pine, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.

History / Fun Facts :  Cedarwood Atlas oil is believed to have been used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming, cosmetics, and perfumery. The Atlas Cedar is related to the Himalayan Cedar which grows at high elevations in the Himalayan Mountains.

References :

Battaglia, Salvatore,  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia

Green, MindyNatural Perfumes, 1999. Interweave Press, Loveland, CO.

Hampton, AubreyNatural and Organic Hair and Skin Care, 1987. Organica Press, Tampa, FL.

International Fragrance Research Association, (January 5, 2016)

Schnaubelt, KurtAdvanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, (English translation)1998. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Tourles, Stephanie L., Hands On Healing Remedies, 2012. Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA.

United States Food and Drug Administration, HHS182.1  Substances That Are Generally Recognized as Safe, 182.20 Essential oils, Oleoresins (solvent-free), and natural extractives (including distillates), (January 28, 2016)

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets. 


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