Cedarwood Oils

Posted on Saturday 5 April 2008

Auroma offer five different Cedarwood essential oils. The two major differences between the Cedarwood oils are their geographical origin and botanical family.

Cedarwood Atlas and Himalayan belong to the Pinaceae family. They are high in himachalene and alantone. Cedarwood Texas, Virginian and Chinese belong to the Cupressaceae family and are high in cedrol, cedrene and thujopsene.

These two ‘family types’ have very different chemistry and should never be confused.

PINACAE FAMILY:

Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)
A yellow to yellow-brown coloured liquid with a sweet, tenacious, odour and a lasting woody undertone. This oil is produced by steam distillation from the wood of the Atlas Cedar, grown in Morocco. This oil is beneficial for lymphatic congestion in massage treatments. For the temporary relief of bronchial coughs and catarrh add 4 drops to steam inhalation (Adults only). A soothing, calming and grounding oil that is beneficial for meditation. This Cedarwood oil is also beneficial to assist dandruff, when added to a head and scalp massage.

Cedarwood Himalayan (Cedrus deodara)
A yellow to brownish-yellow coloured, slightly viscous liquid with a clean balsamic, woody odour. The oil is produced by distillation from the wood of the Himalayan deodar cedar: a tall, evergreen tree up to 50 m high.

This family of Cedarwood oils blend well with Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Jasmine, Juniper, Neroli, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang.

CUPRESSACEAE FAMILY

Cedarwood Chinese (Cupressus funebris)
A clear, pale yellow to straw coloured liquid with a rich, sweet, smoky odour and as the name suggests is of Chinese origin. Cupressus funebris is an evergreen tree or shrub that is found in several provinces of China.

Cedarwood Texas (Juniperus mexicana)
A yellow liquid with a clean, sweet balsamic, woody odour.  The oil is produced from the Texas cedar, which grows up to 6m tall across the southern states of the USA.

Cedarwood Virginian (Juniperus virginiana)
A pale yellow to pale brown liquid with a characteristic fresh, rich woody odour.  It is produced from the wood of the Southern Red Cedar, a slow-growing evergreen tree, up to 18 m tall. Cedarwood Virginian grows from the east coast to the mid-west of North America and the USA. Virginian oil is beneficial for oily skin and hair, helping to soften them. It also helps to relieve the cough of bronchitis and mucous congestion as a steam inhalation (adults only). Useful to help relieve nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety in massage and oil burners.

This family of Cedarwood oils blend well with Bergamot, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rosemary, Rosewood and Sandalwood.

Auroma’s Cedarwoods are grown using renewable resource methods, ensuring the availability of the oil for future use. 

All Cedarwood oils are particularly useful in skincare preparations as they have astringent and antiseptic properties. A lovely oil to use in facial steams, facial clay packs and lotions.

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