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cedarwood essential oil

  • Common name:
    Atlas cedar, African cedar, Atlantic cedar, Moroccan cedarwood oil
  • Botanical (and family):
    Cedrus Atlantica. Family Pinaceae
  • Distribution:
    Native to the Atlas mountains of Algeria.
  • Description of plant:
    A pyramid-shaped evergreen to 40 metres.
  • Extraction:
    Steam distillation from the wood, stumps and sawdust.
  • Charactersitics:
    Yellowish to orange-yellow to deep amber-coloured viscous oil with a slightly camphoraceous-cresylic odour and a sweet, tenacious woody undertone.
  • Odour effects:
  • Cautions:
    High concentrations could cause some skin irritation.
    Should be avoided during pregnancy.
  • Main chemical constituents:
    Alpha-atlantone, y-atlantone - 19%
    Cedrene, caryophyllene, thujopsene, cadinene - 50%
    Atlantol, cedrol - 29%
  • Properties and indications:
    Great calming and soothing action. Valuable aid for meditation.
    More useful for long-standing complaints. Tonic action on the glandular and nervous system. Good expectorant properties. Important to the genito-urinary tract, particularly where there is burning pain. Could help chronic rheumatism and arthritis.
    Great benefit to oily skin. Could help acne. Helps clear dermatitis and psoriasis. A good hair tonic. Skin softening properties may be enhanced when mixed with cypress and frankincense.
  • Other uses:
    Fixative in soaps and used in men's perfumes.
  • Blends well with:
    Benzoin, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Cypress, Frankincense, Jasmine, Juniperberry, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Rose, Rosemary.