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Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil

Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil Profile

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.

Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil

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.

Botanical Name

Cedrus atlantica

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used



Light Golden Yellow


Medium and oily feeling

Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium - Strong

Aromatic Description

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.]

Major Constituents

Himachalol, Isocedranol
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.]

Safety Information

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.]

Shelf Life

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