|Latin name||Cedrus atlantica|
|Synonyms||African cedar, Moroccan cedarwood, Atlas cedar|
|Extraction||Distillation from wood stumps and sawdust|
|Plant characteristics||This sturdy evergreen tree is a common sight in the Northern Hemisphere. The essential oil is distilled from the wood and has a slight turpentine odour. There are many varieties of cedars and care must be taken to buy the oil with the above Latin name, as some others are less gentle.|
|Oil characteristics||A yellow-orange viscous oil with a warm camphoraceous woody aroma.|
|Traditional use||Used as a poison antidote, bronchial and urinary conditions and as an insect repellent.|
|Blends well with||Frankincense, sandalwood, ylang ylang, mandarin essential oils|
|Cautions and comments||There are no known contra-indications if the oil bears the correct Latin name of Cedrus atlantica. This sedative oil is a wonderful alternative to the more expensive sandalwood oil, having many of the same benefits.|
|Main chemical constituents||Sesquiterpenes (50%), alcohols (30%), ketones (20%).|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.