Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil
Since originally adding this profile to AromaWeb in 2011, I have sadly learned that Atlas Cedarwood trees are becoming endangered. For informative purposes, I will continue to share the below Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil profile information, but please be sure to take a close look at the Sustainability Concerns section below.
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 used to 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.
Sustainability Concerns for Atlas Cedarwood Oil
Since originally adding this profile in 2011, Atlas Cedarwood trees are becoming endangered as confirmed by Kelly M. Ablard, PhD, EOT, RA. If making the decision to purchase Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil, it is very important that you ensure that you are purchasing it only from reputable suppliers that are mindful and that actively support the sustainability of Atlas Cedarwood. Virginia Cedarwood Essential Oil, although it is a Juniper that is traditionally classified as a cedar oil, is amongst the cedarwood essential oils that are presently at less risk of endangerment. For more information that can help you choose appropriate alternatives to Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil and to view a table that identifies the threat status for eight cedarwood essential oils, visit Kelly Albard's detailed post Atlas Cedarwood ('Cedrus atlantica') essential oil: Exploring alternatives.
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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