Discover the uniqueness of Atlas cedarwood essential oil

Cedrus atlantica (Abietoideae or Pinaceae)

cèdre de l'atlasAtlas cedarwood

The Atlas cedarwood comes from the Pinaceae family. This majestic tree can reach an impressive height of up to 40 meters. The cedarwood tree comes from Morocco and is considered one of their national treasures. Cedarwood essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the bark and wood chips. The oil has a strong syrupy scent, particularly appreciated by men. The ancient Egyptians would use cedarwood oil to embalm the dead.

Atlas cedarwood shares properties with its fellow pine, the Himalayan cedarwood (Cedrus deodara -India), and is sometimes mistaken for Cedarwood Virginia. The latter, although it shares similar characteristics, is a cypress rather than a pine; therefore, it does not belong to the same botanical family.

Benefits of cedarwood essential oil

Cedarwood essential oil is composed of esquiterpenol (Cedrol and Atlantol), sesquiterpenes (Cadinene) and ketone. This unique composition is known for having the following properties: calming, aseptic, anti-fungal, and breaks down body fat. Additionally, it aids with circulation, the lymphatic system, scars, breathing, and to repel mosquitoes and insects.

This oil is renowned for treating cellulite, relieving heavy legs, easing water retention, and arteriosclerosis. Recommended for hair and skin conditions it is effective on fungus, eczema, and psoriasis and is prescribed to treat greasy hair, a flaky scalp, and to heal the scalp in case of hair loss.

As an anti-inflammatory, it is a mild sedative which has a calming effect on the body and mind. Its anti-stress properties aid relaxation and in facilitating meditation. The oil works wonders on people who need a confidence boost and for those seeking to build self-esteem.

Medicinally, the oil helps with cases of urinary tract infections and treats coughs, hay fever, tuberculosis, and chronic bronchitis.

Atlas cedarwood essential oil can be used as a spray diffuser or mixed with other essential oils. Furthermore, it is used in aromatherapy for massages, but should always be diluted with vegetable oil or another carrier oil before applying on the skin. Cedwarwood oil is known to be neurotoxic, therefore, longterm use on the head, neck and back should be avoided.

When to avoid using cedarwood oil?

Because it is known to have neurotoxic and abortive effects pregnant women, women who are nursing, children under 7, and people with epilepsy should avoid using it. People who have or have had hormonal cancer can use it occasionally, but with caution.

Main components

Sesquiterpenol (Cedrol and Atlantol), sesquiterpenes (Cadinene) and ketone

Extracted from




  • Skin: Fluid retention, cellulite, skin problems and fungi
  • Hair: Oily hair, hair loss, eczema, psoriasis and as a tonic to heal the scalp

  • Antiseptic, antifungal
  • Weight loss
  • Good for the circulation, the lymphatic system, scars and breathing
  • Repels mosquitoes and insects
  • Calming and anti-stress

  • Swelling, heavy legs
  • Water retention
  • Cough, colds, hay fever, chronic bronchitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Atherosclerosis

  • Pregnant or women breastfeeding
  • Children under 7 years
  • Hormonal cancer patients
  • People with epilepsy

  • Do not apply undiluted on the skin
  • Avoid long-term use on head, neck, and back

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