Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)
Fun fact: The fragrance of cedar was believed to lead worshippers closer to God, consequently many temples were made from it.
Warm, sweet, rich, and woody, the use of cedar oil can be traced back to Biblical times. The Atlas cedar is related to the well-known centuries-old biblical cedars of Lebanon. Today those trees are protected by law from being felled, but the constituents of Atlas cedar oil are very much like its ancestors, and provide many of the same therapeutic benefits. Atlas cedar oil is used in many perfumes and soaps. It produces a calm, meditative state of mind, and has the ability to relieve nervous tension, anger, and stress. When used in a diffuser, Atlas cedar oil can set a calm, quiet atmosphere, perfect for relaxing, meditating, and reflecting. However, its powers aren't restricted to the nervous system; Atlas cedar oil also works wonders on respiratory and immune systems, and is great for skin. Tibetans still use use it in their traditional medicine practices for a variety of ailments.
Mixes well with: Bergamot, clary sage, ginger, juniper berry, marjoram, oregano, patchouli, pine, rosemary, rosewood, and ylang ylang.
Parts used: Wood, stumps, sawdust.
Extraction method: Steam distillation.
Safety Information: Avoid if pregnant. Do not use if diagnosed with high blood pressure or heart problems. Possible irritant to skin in sensitive types. Do a patch test first. Because scent is stimulating, it may counteract the sedative effects of drugs like pentobarbital. Do not use consecutively for more than a few days at a time.