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close up of cedarwood atlas tree trunk

CEDARWOOD OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Exploring Cedarwood “Atlas” and Cedarwood “Virginian”

Cedarwood Atlas:

Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica

Cedarwood Atlas has a sweet woody base note with a spicy undertone. It originates from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

Cedarwood Atlas belongs to the pine family, the oil being steamed distilled from the foliage, branches, wood and roots. It is believed that the Ancient Egyptians used Cedarwood Atlas for embalming purposes, where as the Lebanon Cedarwood was used for building. The Lebanon Cedar is now protected from extinction in Lebanon and although Morocco has the highest total surface of Atlas Cedar in the world, it is in danger. Cedar plantations, mainly with Cedrus atlantica have been established in Southern France.

Constituents of Cedarwood Atlas: B-himachalene, a-himachalene, y-himachalene, Trans-a-atlantone

The himachalene’s has been shown to alleviate pain when used in aromatherapy. They can deter moths and other insects. There is research into the control of mosquito borne diseases.

Looking into Cedarwood Atlas there was not much about each component. A substitute to Cedarwood Atlas is the Cedarwood Virginian and with Cedarwood Atlas listed as endangered species (with exception to the plantations) it has prompt us to have a look.

cedarwood virginian tree
Jumiperus virginiana can be used as an alternative to the cedarwood atlas (cedrus atlantica) when using essential oils.

Cedarwood Virginian:

Botanical Name: Jumiperus virginiana

(Red Cedar or Eastern Red Cedar) Grown in Eastern and Central United States.

Constituents of Cedarwood Virginian: x-Cedrene, Thujopsene, Cedrol, B-cedrene, x-selinene, Widdrol, B-himachalene, B-chamigrene, x-chamigrene, cuparene

X-cedrene makes up about 20-30% of Cedarwood virginian and has shown effects that may help calm and reduce irritability. It is also cytotoxic to some leukaemia.

Thujopsene has pesticidal qualities against termites and antifungal qualities but the thujopsene was exposed to autoxidation.

Cedarwood virginian contains cedrol at approximately 12-22% and has shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic benefits. It has astringent and tonic qualities (tightening and toning effects) for the skin. It also shows sedative signs. Cedrol strongly attracts female mozzies so not so great for a repellent.

Overall Cedarwood virginian has minimal risk of skin irritation but may interfere with opioid Analgesics (pain relieving drugs).

Kid Safe: yes

Cedarwood virginian has a base note and we call it our “Taut Accent”

silhouette of an old ship
Some ancient wooden ships were built from Lebanon Cedarwood. “Notorious” the all wood replica of a 15th century Portuguese caravel is build with Cypress by Graeme Wylie visited Hervey Bay in may 2017.

Inspiring Mums

Hi Amazing Mums and Wonderful People,

This Mothers Day I’d like to express great love to the amazing mums who nurture and care for us with all their hearts!

Bunch of Blue Flowers
My Mums Cheery Garden

Especially My Mum!

My mum is in all honesty my greatest fan. What ever I seem to do she is there to cheer me on and encourage me to the point of never giving up.

At Rainbow Skys Naturally my poor mum is my guinea pig… (altho I’m sure she loves it) for the things that I create go her way for testing. (She is very truthful but maybe a little bias as well).

But… yes the but… my mum has been using skin care and pamper products for as long as I can remember, (she taught me lots, once being a beautician herself) using top brands and lots of expensive stuff and altho these have been great… my mum is now also my best customer.

She adores what I do, Thanks mum, but also backs it and loves it!

Even when I thought I may give up, my mum said “you can’t, everything is so good, and then where am I going to get my products?” Haha

So I don’t give up, I take all the goodness from my mums love and keep creating and moving forward with love.

This is just one thing that stands out to me about my mum and I Thank her to the core for all the encouragement, confidence and support that she provides me on my path! (My mum is like the railings on a path. Love you mum!)

And a big hearty “Happy Mothers Day” to all!

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