Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica
Plant Part: Wood
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Cedarwood is a pyramid-shaped majestic evergreen tree, which grows up to 131 ft. high. The wood itself is hard and strongly aromatic because of the high percentage of essential oil it contains, and the essential oil is obtained by steam distillation.
Color: Golden yellow to orange-brown liquid.
Aromatic Scent: Cedarwood Atlas Oil has a woody, sweet, sharper note than Virginian Cedarwood, slight aroma reminiscent of artificial mothballs, balsamic.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Cassia, Jasmine, Juniper, Neroli, Labdanum, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang.
Common Uses: Cedarwood Atlas Oil is used by aromatherapists to assist with acne, arthritis, bronchitis, coughing, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, and stress. It is currently used in commercial soaps, cosmetics and perfumes, especially men’s colognes.
History: Originating in the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, in former times, linen chests were frequently crafted from Cedar to keep moths out. The ancient Egyptians prized this oil, mostly for embalming purposes, but also for cosmetics and perfumery, and Solomon’s Temple was built with Cedar Wood. Today, closet liners and accessories are frequently crafted from Cedar Wood.
Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant. Avoid during pregnancy.