Plant Origin: Morocco
Method: Steam distilled wood
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Sesquiterpene
Aroma: Woody, sweet
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: CWA-103
Distillation: Spring 2015
Children? Cedarwood Atlas is considered a suitable oil to use with children.
Pregnancy? No known cautions.
Cedrus atlantica should not be confused with Thuja occidentalis which is known as cedar leaf oil. Thuja occidentalis is steam distilled from twigs and leaves. Because Thuja is high in thujone, it is noted to be toxic and a neurotoxin. HEO does not carry Thuja occidentalis.
Some aromatherapy literature states that Cedarwood is an abortifacient, but this information is referring to a related species, J. sabina, which is known as an abortifacient if taken internally. HEO does not carry Cedarwood J. sabina.
Cedarwood has been used medicinally since ancient times. Cedus atlantica is closely related to the Biblical Cedar of Lebanon. It is high in sesquiterpenes and its powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and gentle mucolytic make it a favorite to use for bronchitis and urinary tract infections. It is also traditionally used for cystitis and vaginal infections and discharges. It is known to combat hair loss (alopecia areata), is antibacterial and a lymphatic stimulant. It is used for arteriosclerosis, ADHD and skin issues such as dandruff, fungal infections, acne and eczema.
Schnaubelt writes that Cedarwood counteracts water and lipid retention and is therefore a staple in compositions against cellulite. It is a gentle yet powerful stimulant of the circulatory system.
Gattefosse reported cedrus atlantica (cedar) was used to treat skin disorders in an Algerian hospital in 1899 with great success (Tisserand 1992).
A study by Wade et al in 1968 concluded that Cedrus atlantica reduces the effect of barbiturate-induced sleep. This study showed that cedarwood could reduce the amount of dicoumarol in the blood.
Anti-septic - skin issues, scalp, urinary tract, eczema, tetanus, pruritus with Bergamot (severe itching of skin)
Anti-spasmodic - relieves spasm of respiratory system, intestines, muscles, heart and nerves
Arterial Regeneration - arteriosclerosis
Astringent - toothache, gums
Diuretic - obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, urinary tract infections and accumulation of toxins in blood
Expectorant - cough and cold congestion, phlegm, headaches, red and watery eyes, promotes sound sleep
Female - stimulates menstruation, regulates, pain, nausea, fatigue as it pertains to monthly menses
Insecticide - mosquito and insect repellent
Lymph Tonic - cellulite, lymph circulation problems, water retention, bronchitis
Mycolytic - bronchitis
Sedative - soothing, calming, tension, anxiety, promotes sleep, insomnia
Skin - soothing, wounds, eczema, scalp, itching, dermatitis, oily skin
Stimulant - reduce stress and tension, metabolism, tones muscles, skin, nervous system, stomach, digestive system and brain function
Hopewell Essential Oil blends with Cedarwood
Baby Skin Moisturizing Spray
No More Fleas
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on location as desired.
Inhalation: Diffuse (may need a thinner oil such as Lemon added to prevent clogging the atomizer).
Internal: No suggestions.
1. We have been immensely blessed by your oils. I don't know what I would do without them. We use Cedarwood on our daughter who is three and has Down's Syndrome. She has what I describe as ADHD episodes where she goes crazy and throws a fit. I know something is wrong, but I don't know what is going on. I put a drop of Cedarwood on her head and have her smell it. This has been a real help to us. One day we were in Target, and my daughter started flailing about and didn't want to let us hold her. It was like trying to hold a slippery noodle. We would set her down out of exhaustion, and she just wanted to pace the aisles bare walking ( her version of crawling). I remembered that I had Cedarwood in my purse. In a few minutes she calmed down and just snuggled with me for the rest of the time in the store. A complete transformation! Thank you so much! - Lydia
2. I REALLY like Cedarwood. My 7 year old calls it the 'help my brain' oil. :-D - Susan
3. I tried Cedarwood last night for my sleep issues, and it's the first time I've slept through the night in at least two years. So thankful! - Daphne
4. I have been having bad pain in an area of my leg/muscle/tendon, and read on my bottle of Cedarwood that it can be good for skin and underlying tissue! Well, I decided to try it on this area, and it helps the pain SO much!!!!! I just thought I would share, look what God can do!!! - Bekah
5. Cedarwoods has helped my leg pain so much! I am thankful to hear that it has helped yours as well. Praise the Lord for His Blessings! - Nora
6. I've been using Cedarwood on the bottoms of my feet at night for sleep. I put it on my husband's feet too and have been experimenting on putting it on his receding hairline. We both notice we sleep much more soundly when we apply it. - Robin
7. I wanted to buy Cedarwood for the aroma only. When I got Cedrus atlantica, I was so disappointed because it does not have the sweet aroma that I expected. It turns out that this is not the oil that I thought that it was. HOWEVER, when my toddler got a little eczema on her arms, this was one of the oils that I could use for the condition. I put it on her on Friday, and I thought it was getting better. Saturday I forgot about it. Sunday it was noticeably MUCH better. Today, it's almost gone. I am telling you. If you have troubles with eczema, try this. I placed a little jojoba oil with one or two drops of Cedrus atlantica in my hand, then I rub it into the spots on my child. I try to do it several times a day, but it seems to be repairing even when I'm not using it. - Susan
8. Cedarwood is helping me and my almost 2-year-old son sleep. It is beautiful and I love the smell. It smells nothing like a cedar closet but more buttery. Our son isn't a sleeper which means I don't sleep. I've been putting Cedarwood on my feet and his feet every night with great success. I put about 25 drops on a roller bottle and top with carrier oil. That stuff is amazing. - Britta
9. My husband has been putting Cedarwood on his head to make his hair more full, and it's working. He applies about 5 or 6 drops a night on his head. He had a bald patch on the back of his head, and it's going away. And, his hair was thinning on top, and it's coming in thicker. He's having very good results, though he kind of dove into the process, and I'm hoping we'll be diluting it to help him apply it. He does it once every evening. - Kathryn
10. Cedarwood on both big toes is such a blessing for me. It helps me go to sleep and stay asleep. - Danielle
11. My son came down with the respiratory virus that is going around with wheezing, barking cough and tight chest congestion. He is allergic to expectorants and cold medicines. I usually have to give him the Robitussin anyway followed by Benadryl for the awful hives he breaks out in. I remembered Cedarwood is an expectorant, so I mixed 6 drops Cedarwood and 4 drops Tea Tree oil (to kill the virus) into 3 tablespoons Grapeseed oil then mixed that into 1/2 cup unscented lotion/cream. This may seem like I was heavily diluting...but it wasn't. I rubbed it on his chest, then his feet and ankles and covered his feet with warm socks. In less than 10 minutes his mucus began to break up, and he was coughing it up and out ....in chunks! Within 2 hours he was able to go out and play. The kicker though is that I rubbed what I had on my hands from rubbing him down, on my stomach, arms and neck. Within 10 minutes, I started to cough up phlegm and decongest, and I didn't even realize I was congested. Cedarwood is truly a life saver in my home. It's one oil, and Copaiba, that I will not be without. - Laurette
12. Cedarwood was a game changer for me. I put a few drops on my scalp, temples, forehead and back of neck, and then I place my hand over my nose and inhale with a little getting on my nose. I don't mean a few drops in each place, but total. I put Lavender and Ylang Ylang on my wrists and Strength on my shoulders and the bottoms of my feet. I know that sounds like a lot of oil, but I sleep like a rock. When I added the Cedarwood, I really slept for the first time in a long time. I have been doing this routine for about a year I think. Before that, it had been a miserable year of insomnia. - Cammy
Cedarwood is non-toxic, non -irritant and non-sensitizing.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 176-178.
Buckle, Jane, Clinical Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition 2003, p. 357.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 237-238.