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April Essential Oil: Cedarwood

Updated: May 2, 2023

Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica

Aroma: Woodsy, balsamic, warm, strong

Cedars are called arbor vitae, the “tree of life” not only because of their majestic stature but also because for thousands of years, they provided many essentials of daily life.

Cedarwood is an evergreen tree native to North America, Africa, the Himalayan, and Lebanon depending on the variety. Atlas Cedarwood is native to the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco. It can reach almost 100 feet tall and has an elegant pyramid shape. It has needle-like leaves and if left undisturbed can live as long as 2,000 years.

A grove of cedars from which King Solomon built his temple still exists today on Mount Lebanon. And the first cedar planted in Great Britain in 1646, is still living today!

Cedarwood was highly prized and valued by the Egyptians for its use in cosmetics. They were the first to use the fragrant plant for cosmetics, perfumes, and mummification. It was also burned in temples of Egypt and Greece, and the wood was used for ships and furniture. Cedar oil was used medicinally in the Middle East and in Tibet and Native Americans burn Cedarwood for purification.

Cedarwood has numerous healing properties and is known for its calming qualities.

Below is a list of some of the therapeutic properties of Cedarwood essential oil:

  • Anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic

  • Helps with eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, athlete’s foot, and acne

  • Helps with upper respiratory issues, bronchitis, sinusitis, and colds

  • Can be used to create an atmosphere or romance and sensuality

  • Relaxes sore, tight muscles

  • Relieves pain and stiffness of arthritis

  • Promotes spirituality, balance, calm, peace and a sense of tranquility

  • Balances and activates all of the chakras, banishes negativity and attracts abundance and support dream work

Cedarwood Recipe:

~For relieving tension and fostering peace

6 drops of Cedarwood, Atlas

2 drops of Geranium

2 drops of Lemon

Diffuse in a diffuser or aromatherapy lamp or blend together with a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond oil or Fractionated Coconut oil.

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*Safety Note: Always, always, consult with a doctor before using essential oils, especially if you’re pregnant, or using oils for your children. It’s also a good idea to check with your veterinarian before using oils on your pets too. Essential oils are safe, natural alternatives; however, we are not doctors and it’s just good practice to consult with your trusted medical professionals before trying or adding new things into your environment.


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