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Cederwood - Cedrus Atlantica – Tree

Blending Note:  Base

Main Benefits: Good for skin and hair, comforting

Properties: Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Disinfectant, Tonic. 

Origin: Lebanon, Cypress

Other producers are:  Northern Africa

Allergy Warning:  Do not use during pregnancy or if breast feeding. Do not use on babies and children


Short History of Cederwood

The name cedar originated from the Arabic Kedron meaning power which reflects the physical strength of the wood. Since the days of King Solomon the wood has been highly priced for building because of its strength, resistance to decay, and insect repellent odour. The ancient Egyptians smeared cederwood over their papyrus on which they wrote as well as using it as an ingredient in the mummification process to prevent the putrefaction of the body, while the ancient Mediterranean nation coveted the beautiful cedar trees native to Lebanon and Cypress. Around 1100BC, one of the early rulers of Mesopotamia left written records describing the cedar trees that he brought back from the lands he’d conquered. Visitors to Lebanon in the 1850’s remarked that while many of the cedars growing in the forests below the snow line of the mountains were no more than a hundred years old, others were undoughtedly as old as the Christian era, if not the age of Solomon. In modern Lebanon, cederwood forests have been all but lost., although efforts to re-establish significant plantings of the trees are currently in process.


About Cederwood:

The image of power , however, is most appropriate when linked to the action of cederwood on emotions. Several oils are known by the name of cederwood bur the Atlas Cedar is the most commonly used in aromatherapy and is thought to have originated from the famous Lebanese cedar. Himalayan cedar is botanically and therapeutically very similar and is used extensively within Tibetan medicine or as an aid for meditation but is not widely available in the West, The Atlas cedar is native to the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and it is a broad, pyramid shaped tree which can grow up to 40m. an evergreen, with wide spreading branches, the whole tree is fragrant due to its high percentage of aromatic compounds. The trees in Morocco are mostly grown for the production of essential oil, which is obtained through steam distillation, although very small quantities of the wood are used locally for furniture.  Prior to distillation, the cederwood is pulped or shredded to gain access to the secretory canals of the tree, which holds its aromatic essence. The oil extracted is a rich yellow to deep amber and is slightly viscous. A retinoid and absolute are also produced in small quantities for perfumery purposes. It has a warm, almost camphoraceous top note with a sweet, woody, deeper note. Although it has a more piercing odour than sandalwood, its fragrance is not harsh or aggressive. 

Medicinal uses:

Cystitis, Catarrh, Coughs, Oily Skin, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Scalp Problems, Stress, Exhaustion, Anger, Disorientation

Other Uses:

Dandruff, Acne, Skin Balancer, Shaving Rash, Furniture Oil, Air Freshener, Inhalation, Body Lotion,, Massage, Foot Remedy