Element: Water (Metal)
History and Character
This magnificent tree is graceful and powerful with an awesome presence. It is native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and thought to be related to the Cedar of Lebanon; it is also closely related to the Himalayan cedar (Cedrus deodora), which is sacred in India and known as the House of God and also produces an essential oil that can be used interchangeably with the Atlas cedar.
Cedarwood has a long tradition of religious use in various cultures, as an incense and for building temples; the Egyptians used it for embalming and cosmetics. The cedarwood tree grows in high mountains, where the air is clean and fresh, the tree has deep spreading roots and a tall straight trunk, the branches are flexible, moving in the wind but anchored to the central trunk.
Cedarwood oil grounds and centres you in your being, encouraging you to take a deep breath so you have the strength to face up to every situation. It helps those who feel alienated, or fear they don’t have the strength to ‘hold it together’, or feel overwhelmed by circumstances they have no control over. Cedarwood gives inner calm in times of instability and is a one of the oils to try if you are moving house or your animal’s environment is disturbed in any way.
Atlantic Cedar, Atlas Cedar, African Cedar, Moroccan Cedarwood.
Extraction and Characteristics
Steam distillation from wood, stumps and sawdust. It is a yellow, amber viscous oil.
A warm, woody, slightly camphoraceous odour.
Terpenes: himachalenes cadinene gurjenene
Numerous other trace compounds
Anticatarrhal, antiparasitic, antirheumatic, anti-seborrhoea, cicatrisant, diuretic, expectorant, general tonic, lymphatic decongestant.
Non-toxic and non-irritant in prescribed doses. Check latin name when purchasing as some cedars are toxic.
Weak kidneys or back
Lack of willpower
New home or moving house
Think ‘Cedarwood’ for:
Those who are unsettled by their surroundings or have moved home.
Timid fearful animals, especially if there is a history of back ache, kidney problems or hair loss.