Cedar Wood oil, Atlas, Morocco is a yellowish to orange-yellow viscous oil with a peculiar camphoraceous-cresylic sweet top note and woody low notes. An inexpensive oil, it is used extensively in perfumery because of cost and fixative properties. Furthermore it blends exceptionally well with woods and labdanum products.
Action: Cedarwood is mildly antiseptic and may be effective against hair loss (alopecia areata), tuberculosis, bronchitis, gonorrhea, and skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis. It can reduce hardening of artery walls. It is high in sesquiterpenes which can stimulate the limbic region of the brain (the center of our emotions). It also may help stimulate the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, an antioxidant hormone assiciated with deep sleep.
Traditional Uses: Throughout antiquity, cedarwood has been used in medicines and cosmetics. The Egyptians used it for embalming the dead. It was used as both a traditional medicine and incense in Tibet, and for purification by Native Americans. It is recognized for its calming properties and is used to benefit the skin and underlying tissues.
Indications: Bronchitis, anger/hysteria, hair loss, arterioscierosis, diuretic, tuberculosis, calming, nervous tension, and urinary infections.
Other Uses: Cedarwood may help with acne, anxiety, arthritis, respiratory congestion, coughs, cystitis, dandruff, psoriasis, sinusitis, skin diseases, and fluid retention. It may help open the pineal gland. It also helps to reduce oily skin.
Application: Diffuse or apply topically on location.
Safety Data: If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician.
Companion Oils: Bergamot, cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, juniper, and rosemary CT cineol.
Bible References: Leviticus 14:4 - "Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop."
Leviticus 14:6 - "As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird [that was] killed dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird [that was] killed over the running water."
Leviticus 14:49 - "And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop."