Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)
Location: The Atlas cedar is found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria. The cedar of Lebanon, closely related to the Atlas cedar, grows in the Middle East where, sadly, great forests have been reduced to small groves due to over-exploitation.
Extraction: Steam distilled from the wood chips.
Colour and Odour: The essential oil is yellow in colour and viscid, resembling sandalwood. It has a rich, warm, woody and masculine fragrance which is harmonious and long lasting.
Description: A stately evergreen tree growing up to 40 metres high. The wood is hard and highly aromatic.
Background: The Cedar of Lebanon has been used since ancient times as incense and also for timber in Egypt. Solomon bought vast quantities to build the Great Temple in Jerusalem during biblical times. Also it is used by Tibetan monks as a temple incense to aid meditation.
Properties: Sedative, astringent, tonic, antiseptic.
Skin- Is valuable for all types of skin eruptions; and can help relieve itching. Very good for oily hair and dandruff.
Emotion-Cedarwood clears the mind and can help relieve anxiety and nervous tension.