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Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica

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Origin: USA

Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Characteristics: Cedarwood, Atlas, Cedrus atlantica- the wood chips are distilled to produce a pale to amber mobile but slightly viscous essential oil characterized by a pleasant woody aroma. Generally in the aroma therapy world when a friend asks for Cedarwood oil without being specific, she is referring to Atlas Cedarwood. At times the ambiguity in people requesting “Cedarwood” is a source of frustration for experienced aroma therapists. There are several oils that are referred to as Cedarwood. Atlas Cedarwood is the preferred oil by a host of healers because it is gentle enough for most adult clients. The intimate nuances of the scent make it highly favored as a blender. Dr. Jean Valnet, the godfather of aroma therapy did not mention Atlas Cedarwood in his definitive work, The Practice of Aromatherapy. Even contemporary aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand made only a passing reference to it in his famous, The Art of Aromatherapy. Instead, for therapeutic uses, he gave a more detailed description of Virginia Cedarwood, Juniperus virginiana. Such a lack of continuity among the published icons is perhaps a contributing factor to Cedarwood ambiguity. It is always preferable, not just with Cedarwood, to be intentional about the genus and species. Specific to C. atlantica the oil has properties that are anti-microbial, astringent, carminative, expectorant and sedative. Kymberly Keniston-Pond CIR, CFR details used for C. atlantica in her book; The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils.

Please Note: The information on EOQA.com is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary form of healthcare.

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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg


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