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May 16 2013

Atlas Cedarwood: For Strength And Stability

Atlas Cedarwood

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.

What is Atlas Cedarwood?

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.

 Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil: Uses In Aromatherapy

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.

Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil For Weight Loss

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.

 Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil for Better Immunity

 Cedarwood offers multiple benefits for the entire body.  Because of its decongestant nature and its anti-infectious properties, it is very helpful for genito-urinary and respiratory infections. Combine 5 drops each of eucalyptus, cedarwood and bergamot oils with 1 oz carrier oil and apply to lower abdomen and lower back to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by urinary infections. Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, it is also useful in the management of rheumatism and arthritis.

 Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil for Skin And Hair

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.

 Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil For Emotional Grounding

Whether it is a new life situation like marriage and childbirth, or relocation to a new place, everyone experiences moments when they feel alienated or destabilized. Atlas Cedarwood provides the much needed strength and confidence in times of crisis and sudden change. Its intense scent helps us stay firm and rooted even when external circumstances threaten our morale. It also helps dispel fear that hinders our ability to realize our potential. On an everyday basis, Cedarwood can increase your endurance levels and help you stay more focused, energetic and hopeful.

References:

Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published
Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils
Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy

 
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© 2013, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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