There are two commercial oils which are known as cedarwood today, Cedrus atlantica, Atlas cedarwood, which is a true cedarwood, and Juniperus virginiana, known as red cedar. Cedarwood is known for use in problem skin, as an insect repellent, and as an inhalent in respiratory complaints. It's actions are sedative, astringent, and antiseptic. It can be used to treat oily skin and scalp, relieve itching, and more serious skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, remembering that high concentrations will irritate the skin. Cedarwood is similar in action to the highly expensive sandalwood, it also has a sedative effect making it grounding in conditions of anxiety and nervous tension. 1
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Use the essential oil in skin care and aromatherapy diffusers.
Red Cedarwood Juniperus virginiana The familiar scent associated with pencils
Lebanon cedar Cedrus libani As a result of long exploitation, very few old trees remain in Lebanon,
Texas Cedarwood Juniperus mexicana : Texas cedarwood oil is steamed out of the dead cedarwood found on the local ranches from previous clearing operations for livestock grazing. Cedar oil makes a good insect repellent- Texas cattle fences are built with cedar posts which resist decay and pest infestation for 50 years or more. from The warm,smoky essence evokes memories of the smell of the fresh mountain air in the Texas hill country is a pleasant note to use in aromatherapy.
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History and Traditions & Folklore
Cedrus libani, cedar of Lebanon was used by the ancients to build temples and palaces in the Middle East, cedarwood oil was possibly the first oil to be extracted from a plant, and was used by the Egyptians in the mummification process. The tree is now very rare. 2
King Solomon's temple was said to built entirely from cedar from Lebanon. Only a few hundred trees survive of the once vast forests of the Lebanon cedar Cedrus libani. The twelve oldest and largest of these trees are revered by every monotheistic religion, and it is believed that an evil fate will overtake anyone who harmes on of these trees.
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