Cedarwood (Atlas) Essential Oil

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Cedrus atlantica
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About the Oil: Atlantic wild Cedarwood essential oil has an exceptional therapeutic capacity and a beautifully rounded aroma, reminiscent of a cedar chest.

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The reddish-brown barked 'Atlas Cedar' tree is a large, (135-165 feet tall) pyramid-shaped evergreen conifer native to the Atlas mountains of Algeria and Morocco. A member of the pine family, and direct descendant of the Lebanon cedars, 'Atlas Cedar' is not to be confused with the North American 'Red Cedar' tree in the cypress family. Red cedar produces an essential oil with an entirely distinct aromatic and therapeutic profile.


Cedarwood essential oil has been used in medicines and cosmetics throughout the ages. We have two ‘true' Cedarwood essential oils steam distilled from the wood of wild Cedar grown in Morocco and Nepal. These wildcrafted Cedarwoods may be the only true Cedarwoods available today. They're both exceptionally fine oils, with a beautifully well-rounded aromas, and are the best choice for therapeutic applications of Cedarwood.


Oil from Cedar of Lebanon, an ancestral species, was used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming purposes, cosmetics and perfumery. The essential oil was also one of the ingredients of 'mithridat', a poison antidote used for centuries. Cedarwood has been used as a temple incense by Tibetan Buddhists for centuries to enhance mental strength, endurance and certainty. Cedar oil has also been used in Eastern medicine.

Therapeutic Properties


From Salvatore Battaglia’s The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Improves oily skin
  • Fortifying
  • Strengthening
  • Qi stimulant
  • Heightens concentration
  • Reduces lethargy
  • Calms nervous debility
  • “warming, harmonizing, and thought to be life giving”

From Chrissie Wildwood’s The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy2:

  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent
  • Circulatory Stimulant
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant
  • Fungicidal
  • Sedative
  • Aphrodisiac


  • Pain relieving3,4
  • Sedative5
  • Antibacterial6
  • Natural mouthwash7
  • Treatment for alopecia8


  • After undergoing surgery, mice that were allowed to inhale Atlas Cedarwood oil showed significantly less hypersensitive pain behavior.3 In a further investigation, the researchers found that this pain-relieving potential of cedarwood oil may be linked to the endocannabinoid system – the same system that interacts with CBD.4
  • In a study on rats, the animals that inhaled cedarwood oil had significantly reduced motor activity and also remained asleep longer once they fell asleep. This study also found that the therapeutic effects of cedar oil actually go above and beyond the scent perception of the olfactory system. They were able to determine this fact because the sedative effects were seen even in animals that could not smell. These results suggest that inhalation of Cedarwood oil may be useful in treating sleep disorders.5
  • Cedarwood oil was shown to exhibit strong antimicrobial activity against multiple bacterial strains in vitro.6
  • Cedarwood, as well as cinnamon and lemongrass oil, was found to effectively kill oral bacteria that are known to cause tooth decay and compromise oral health.7
  • Cedarwood essential oil was used in a blend containing thyme, rosemary, and lavender, as an experimental treatment for balding. The blend was applied daily to the scalps of patients diagnosed with alopecia areata over a 7-month period. These oils were shown to significantly stimulate new hair growth and reduced hair loss.8


1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holysitc Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Wildwood, Chrissie. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.

3 Martins, Daniel F., et al. “Inhalation of Cedrus Atlantica Essential Oil Alleviates Pain Behavior through Activation of Descending Pain Modulation Pathways in a Mouse Model of Postoperative Pain.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 175, 2015, pp. 30–38., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2015.08.048.

4 Emer, Aline Armiliato, et al. “The Role of the Endocannabinoid System in the Antihyperalgesic Effect of Cedrus Atlantica Essential Oil Inhalation in a Mouse Model of Postoperative Pain.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 210, 2018, pp. 477–484., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2017.09.011.

5 Kagawa, Daiji., et al. “The Sedative Effects and Mechanism of Action of Cedrol Inhalation with Behavioral Pharmacological Evaluation.” Planta Medica, vol. 69, no. 7, 2003, pp. 637–641., doi:10.1055/s-2003-41114.

6 Zrira, S., and M. Ghanmi. “Chemical Composition and Antibacterial Activity of the Essential of Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood Oil).” Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants, vol. 19, no. 5, 2016, pp. 1267–1272., doi:10.1080/0972060x.2015.1137499.

7 Chaudhari, Lalit Kumar D. “Antimicrobial Activity of Commercially Available Essential Oils Against Streptococcus Mutans.” The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, 2012, pp. 71–74., doi:10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1098.

8 Hay, Isabelle C., et al. “Randomized Trial of Aromatherapy. Successful Treatment for Alopecia Areata.” Archives of Dermatology, vol. 134, no. 11, Nov. 1998, pp. 1349–1352., doi:10.1001/archderm.134.11.1349.


Cedar oil is considered fortifying and strengthening. It is included in blends to enhance one's overall energy and to support adrenal function.


  • direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporiser
  • Use in diffuser to with other wood or needle oils to create a warm, positive atmosphere.


  • massage, compress, bath, sitz bath, douche, skin care
  • Apply diluted in a carrier oil topically to: balance oily skin, improve skin tone, lessen dandruff and seborrhea of the scalp, and act as an insect repellent. Cedar may also have a positive effect against hair loss.
Aromatherapy Details

This Cedarwood essential oil is yellow and viscous with a warm floral top note, a camphoraceous middle note and sweet, woody, balsamic undertones. Its woody-sweet warm aroma blends well with Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Jasmine, Juniper, Clary Sage, Rosemary and Ylang Ylang.

The aroma of Atlantic Cedarwood is brighter (a little more prominent in the higher notes) and smells more like a traditional cedar chest, while Himalayan Cedarwood is softer (fuller in the middle notes). We also carry Texan and Virginian Cedarwoods, which are actually from the Juniper family though they also have distinct Cedarwood aromas.


Generally non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritant. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

Not to be used during pregnancy.