What Is Atlas Cedar Oil?
The atlas cedar tree or Cedrus atlanticahas a notable history as it was closely related to the biblical cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus Libani), which was mentioned in the Old Testament. It was also believed that it played an important role in King Solomon's temple as the walls of the temples were made from the woods from these trees.1
As the name implies, the trees are native to the Atlas mountain of North Africa and North Algeria, but the majority comes from Morocco. Atlas cedar oil is derived from that bark of the tree. Ancient Egyptians used the oil in their process of spiritual embalming or more commonly known as mummification.2 Atlas cedar essential oil has an intense earthy-woody odor that complements masculine blends. It has a pale yellow to amber hue.
Uses of Atlas Cedar Oil
Atlas cedar oil is a popular ingredient both in medicine and cosmetics. It also works great when used as an insect repellent. It contains antibacterial properties, making it a perfect ingredient in facial washes to potentially address acne and oily skin. It's been widely used in shampoos, since it aids in stimulating hair follicles and in relieving dry and itchy scalp.3 It's also used to help treat greasy scalp and hair loss.
Composition of Atlas Cedar Oil
The chemical constituents of Atlas cedar oil are α-cedrene, β-cedrene, thujopsene, cedrol, widdrol, and a group of sesquiterpenes, which contributes a great deal of health benefits and medicinal value.4
Benefits of Atlas Cedar Oil
Atlas cedar oil possesses multiple benefits for the entire body, from medicinal to skin care advantage. It plays a key role in the menstrual cycle of women as it provides emmenagogue properties that help stimulate blood flow and regulate menstruation. Nausea, fatigue, and mood swings related to menstruation can also be relieved by using this oil.
Additional benefits include providing positive effects on your respiratory system like helping treat cough and colds. In addition, it serves as an expectorant, which helps to remove mucus from the lungs and respiratory tract.
It may also reduce congestion common in bronchitis,5 and has detoxing effects giving a gentle and soothing effect on sore muscles and joints. Atlas cedar oil has antiseptic properties as well. As such, it can help prevent wounds from becoming septic, and it could help protect them from tetanus germs.
Being a diuretic is another beneficial property that Atlas cedar oil has. It helps eliminate fats, excess water, and toxins like uric acid from the body by increasing the frequency of urination. These toxins are known to cause diabetes, obesity, hypertension, urinary tract infection, and accumulation of toxins in the blood.
Atlas cedar oil also has emotional benefit and calming quality because of its relaxing effect. Not only does it potentially increase inner strength and energy, but it can also ease fear, nervousness, stress, and tension. Atlas cedar oil is primarily known as a grounding oil because of its stabilizing property. Many believed that the stability aspect of this essential oil comes from the tree as it is rooted from the ground.
How to Make Atlas Cedar Oil
Atlas cedar oil is extracted from the bark of the tree and processed through steam distillation.
How Does Atlas Cedar Oil Work?
There are several ways to maximize the use of Atlas cedar oil.
- To aid in alleviating rheumatism and arthritis, try mixing it with two to three drops of carrier oil and use it to massage the affected area.
- It can help treat blemishes, eczema, oily skin, or skin fungus. Simply combine two to three drops of Atlas cedar oil with 1 ounce of carrier oil, and wipe onto affected area.
- Atlas cedar oil also helps tighten pores and even out your skin tone. Add two to four drops of this essential oil to every 1 tablespoon of your favorite lotion.
- It works great as an air purifier, by adding two to three drops of the essential oil in a diffuser.
- It can also be used as an insect repellant by applying few drops of Atlas cedar oil on cotton balls and placing it in pest-ridden areas in your home. It can fight against ants, moths, and other insects.6
- Atlas cedar oil is a renowned aphrodisiac. To create or enhance romance and sensuality, place five to 10 drops in aromatherapy lamp in the bedroom.
- To help relax and relieve sore, tight muscles, add four to six drops in a bath water and soak for 20 to 30 minutes. The cooling effect of the oil will help lessen the pain.7
Is Atlas Cedar Oil Safe?
Always dilute Atlas cedar oil with a carrier oil before application. It's best to conduct a skin patch test to know if you are allergic to it.8 Since it also stimulates menstruation, I advise avoiding its use during pregnancy.
Side Effects of Atlas Cedar Oil
Atlas cedar oil may cause skin irritation when used in high concentration. It's also a highly potent essential oil that can cause nausea, vomiting, thirst, and may damage the digestive system. I recommend consulting a health care practitioner before ingesting this oil.