Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil
Latin name: Cedrus atlantica
Synonyms: African cedar, Moroccan cedarwood, Atlas cedar
Plant family: Coniferae
Extraction: Distillation from wood stumps and sawdust
Origin: Morocco, Lebanon
Plant characteristics: This sturdy evergreen tree is a common sight in the Northern Hemisphere. The essential oil is distilled from the wood and has a slight turpentine odour. There are many varieties of cedars and care must be taken to buy the oil with the above Latin name, as some others are less gentle.
Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil characteristics: A yellow-orange viscous oil with a warm camphoraceous woody aroma.
Traditional use: Used as a poison antidote, bronchial and urinary conditions and as an insect repellent.
Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil blends well with: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Mandarin.
Cautions and comments: There are no known contra-indications if the oil bears the correct Latin name of Cedrus atlantica. This sedative oil is a wonderful alternative to the more expensive sandalwood oil, having many of the same benefits.
Main chemical constituents: Sesquiterpenes (50%), alcohols (30%), ketones (20%).
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.