Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood Essential Oil is said to be one of the first crude essential oils to be extracted, and it was one of the oils that the Egyptians used for spiritual embalming purposes.
Aromatically, I love the rich, woody aroma of Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil. It is a base note that can help hold an otherwise flighty blend together well. Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil is said to act as an aphrodisiac. It also complements masculine blends.
Though I enjoy blending and diffusing Atlas Cedarwood Oil throughout all four seasons, it's especially nice during the Fall and Winter months.
Emotionally, I find Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil to be grounding and calming, and it is said to help combat negativity. Atlas Cedarwood is an oil that I reach for at times when I'm faced with chaos or conflict and want a grounding oil for use during meditation or reflecting on the situation.
Additional uses for Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil are noted below.
Common Method of Extraction
Part Typically Used
Light Golden Yellow
Medium and oily feeling
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong
Woody and sweet. Atlas Cedar Oil is a bit sharper than Virginian Cedarwood Oil. The aroma is reminiscent of artificial mothballs.
Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses
Acne, arthritis, bronchitis, coughing, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[M. Aberchane, M. Fechtal, Analysis of Moroccan Atlas Cedarwood Oil (Cerus atlantica Manetti). (Journal of Essential oil Research 16, 2004), 542-547. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 237.]
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Atlas Cedarwood Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 237-238.]
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