Many people may not necessarily take to Atlas Cedarwood’s intense earthy-woody scent, but when they find out about its amazing properties, especially with respect to cellulite, they embrace it immediately.
Unlike most essential oils, which are extracted from flowers, fruits or leaves, Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from the tree, and I believe that its inherent “grounding” qualities come from this aspect.
A tree is solid and well-rooted, right? If you lean on a tree, does it complain? Does it feel overwhelmed? Does it feel as if it is buckling under the pressure? No.
I love to use Cedarwood because it provides me with the strength and stability that is needed when I am carrying a lot of burden on my shoulders and need a solid tree to lean on.
Because of its stabilizing properties, I often recommend Cedarwood to people who haven’t put their feet on their ground and are always switching between jobs, relationships, homes and cities.
Combine a couple of drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil with 3 drops of calming Lavender Essential Oil on a tissue and breathe deeply at least once a day.
Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica) is a coniferous tree native to the Atlas mountains of Algeria and Morocco. It is closely related to the biblical cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) but should not be confused with the North American Red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), which is an entirely different genus.
Cedarwood gets its name from ‘cedrus’, which is a derivative of the Arabic word ‘kedron’, meaning ‘power’.
Indeed, over the years, Cedarwood’s rich fragrance has come to symbolize abundance, fertility, and spiritual strength.
The oil is sourced from the bark of the tree and is extracted by the process of steam distillation. Cedar has found frequent mention in Biblical texts and legend has it that wood from the Cedar tree was used to build Salomon’s temple. The Greeks and Romans burnt the wood for its fragrance and the Egyptians used it in the embalming process for mummies.
Known primarily for its fortifying and strengthening qualities, Cedarwood essential oil is widely used in the treatment of general lethargy, nervous debility, lower backache and poor concentration.
Another remarkable property of the oil is that it is a powerful decongestant which stimulates lymphatic drainage and encourages the breakdown of accumulated fats.
Its mild diuretic action helps combat fluid retention that contributes to weight gain, bloating and cellulite. Atlas Cedarwood also possesses astringent and disinfectant properties, which make it an effective digestive and respiratory tonic.
According to Kurt Schnaubelt, “When combined with certain oils, it (Atlas Cedarwood) is the strongest weapon against cellulite”.
Cedarwood stimulates the circulatory system and counteracts water and lipid retention, which are common causes of weight gain.
Its powerful stimulant action draws out excess moisture and fat from the tissues, thus resulting in inch-loss. It also boosts metabolism and clears lymphatic blockages, thus detoxifying the entire system and inducing a feeling of “lightness”.
Add 2-3 drops of Atlas Cedarwood essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil and massage all over. Or better, get a bottle of Aromandina’s Detoxing Body Oil and apply it on a daily basis over the body.
Few people know that Atlas Cedarwood is an excellent beauty tonic for the skin and hair. It is used in natural hair care products, particularly for the treatment of greasy scalp, dandruff and hair loss.
In fact, clinical studies indicate that Cedarwood may help reverse the effects of alopecia areata (bald patches) by 44% if used regularly in hair massage oil.
Cedarwood has a soothing action on the skin and its anti-inflammatory properties are helpful in managing skin conditions like acne, infections, rashes, eczema, dermatitis and itching.
It can even be used as a natural after-shave. Simply add 2-3 drops into an ounce of carrier oil and apply over affected area.
Cedarwood’s woody aroma makes it a popular ingredient in men’s perfumes and cosmetics.
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