What do I do when my mind becomes the enemy?
When overthinking and perfectionism get the better of me?
I reach for my blessed Cedarwood Atlas
One drop on a tissue while I sit in a comfortable chair
and my churned up mind begins to slow down.
Essential Oil of Cedarwood Atlas
Cedrus atlantica tree in the Atlas Mountain range near Azrou, Morocco
My Personal Connection to Cedarwood Atlas
I was born in Morocco when my father was stationed at the U.S. Naval base in Kenitra in the late 1950s. From my first exposure to this beautiful true Cedarwood, I felt a strong affinity in both my heart and base chakras. I’ve often wondered if there was a connection between my birthplace and this essential oil.
Over the years Cedarwood Atlas has been a faithful friend to my over-busy mind. Sometimes it’s enough for me to simply open the bottle and inhale deeply for it to begin to calm my churned-up energy. In my years as a massage therapist, it found its way into many massage blends for clients who were anxious or had respiratory issues.
Geographical Source: Cedarwood Atlas, also called Atlas Cedarwood, is a native tree to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and neighboring Algeria.
Plant Part: Distillation of the ‘heartwood” (trunk and branches) The Aromatic Wisdom Podcast Episode 025 addresses how essential oils from the Heartwood of a tree can help with grief, loss, and transition.
Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil Characteristics: A brown and dense essential oil with a sweet aroma; it is the sweetest of all the cedarwoods. The aroma often surprises people when they inhale in for the first time, expecting the classic “cedar closet” aroma.
Chemical Families: Sesquiterpene
- Antispasmodic qualities.
- Useful in skincare
- I like to add it to hair conditioner when dandruff is an issue
- Sedative for anxiety.
- Supports the respiratory system because it has two important actions for the lungs; it has mucolytic properties (thins the mucus) as well as expectorant properties (moves it out).
- Can be effective as a bug repellant, but in all honesty, I won’t use it that way due to the fact that it’s becoming endangered. I would use Himalayan Cedarwood for insects and save Cedarwood Atlas for its therapeutic properties to address emotional and physical issues.
Blends well with: The aroma of this particular cedarwood is sweet and resinous with a balsamic undertone. My favorite essential oils to bend with this oil are the floral aromatics and other conifer essential oils.
A Recipe Using Cedarwood Atlas
Earthy and Sweet Sugar Scrub (More scrub recipes are HERE)
3 drops Cedarwood Atlas
3 drops Sweet Orange
4 drops Ho Wood
1 ounce Jojoba Wax
1 ounce PET plastic jar
Fill the jar halfway with any sugar, add the Jojoba and stir in the essential oils. Play with the blend a little. If it’s too “wet”, add litle more sugar or if it is too dry, add more jojoba. Keep track of your exact final measurements so you can repeat the recipe!
Subtle Properties: (vibrational and energetic): As grounding as this essential oil is, you know straight away it resonates deeply with the base chakra. Both emotionally and energetically, Cedarwood Atlas can assist in boosting self-esteem, especially when blended with Bergamot Essential Oil because of how it offers support via the solar plexus chakra.
Safety Information: In their book Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Tisserand and Young give no indication of particular safety issues with this essential oil.
Sustainability Status: Endangered
For more information on the status of the Cedarwood Atlas tree, visit Dr. Kelly Ablard’s excellent blog post: Atlas Cedarwood (‘Cedrus atlantica’) essential oil: Exploring alternatives.
Podcast Episode on Aromatic Plant Sustainability: In which I talk with Dr. Kelly Ablard, Director of the Midair Institute and Expert on Medicinal Plant Sustainability AWP 039
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My Aromatic Wisdom Soul Collage® Card
for Atlas Cedarwood
I am one who strengthens your connection to Earth energies.
I am one who keeps you solid, centered and grounded when your head is in the clouds.
I am one who draws earth energy up, up, up filling your base chakra that you may become rooted and stable.
I am one who envelops you in a rich, sweet blanket lulling you into a deep calm.