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.

A close up of Palmarosa leaves

PALMAROSA OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil Of the Month”

Learn the Constituents of Palmarosa

A sweet floral grass with a rose-like herbal scent steam distilled from the leaves after flowering.

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon Martinii

Cymbopogon is from two Greek words meaning “boat” and “beard” referring to the large bract enclosing the flower spike. Palmarosa is native to South East Asia, particularly India but is now steamed distilled here in Northern Queensland, Australia.

Constituents of Palmarosa Oil: Geraniol, Geranyl Acetate, *Linalool, Myrcene, limonene, dipentene,

*Allergens – Natural components of Essential Oils

Geraniol makes up for 80 – 95% of Palmarosa’s content and Geranyl Acetate derives from Geraniol. These constituents are great as a repellent against bugs, mosquitos, ticks and dust mites. They can even kill tiny parasitic worms found in fish. They can fight against bacteria and fungi. These compounds help stimulate cell growth and promote healing which can be effective for scars and to help fight free-radicals and balance dry, oily skin, also having inflammatory properties for the body.

Palmarosa also contains Linalool. Linalool is known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety by calming the nerves also boosting the immune. It improves sleep quality leading to more energy the following day. It can reduce pain and ease inflammation lowering responses to injury or sickness. It is also know as an anticonvulsant. Linalool deters mosquitoes.

Palmarosa Essential Oil is a middle note oil

Kids Safe: yes


A Tea Tree flower

TEA TREE OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Australian Tea Tree

Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia

A Native to Australia is the Tea Tree. There are over 300 species belonging to the Myrtle family and are also known as paperbarks and honey myrtles. Tea Tree has a papery bark and white to creamish bottlebrush-like flowers up to 5cm long, flowering in October to November. They are farmed in regions of the North Coast of New South Wales and on the Atherton Tableland in Queensland.

The leaves are steam distilled, harvested in the warmer months with very high Australian standards and code of practice producing a high quality, consistent product that is compliant with international standards.

Tea Tree lakes stained by the leaves dropping into the water have a dark appearance but are said to be great for the skin to heal wounds and revitalise.

New uses for Tea Tree Oil are being considered and these include insect pest control in sheep and cattle industries.

Main Constituents of Essential Oil: Terpinen-4-ol, y-terpinene, a-terpinene, Terpinolene, a-terpineol, a-pinene, p-cymene, 1,8-cinole

There is up to 15 constituents in Tee Tree oil but the main ones are Terpinen-4-ol with approximately 41.33% in Tea Tree Oil and has shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and insecticidal effects as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. There are also reports of antitumor effects by apoptosis (cell death). Although more research is needed, Terpinen-4-ol is an important constituent of Tea Tree Oil.

Y-terpinene 20% in Tea Tree Oil along with a-terpinene 10% in Tea Tree Oil has strong antioxidant activity. A-terpinene also is said to contribute to the antitumor properties of Tea Tree Oil. Terpinolene contributes to the antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties also improving sleep quality. Terpinolene only makes up 3 – 4% of Tea Tree Oil but is found in Cannabis Oil at 20%.

Although Tea Tree Oil is low skin irritant (always dilute Essential Oils) it is poisonous if swallowed so keeping it away from the mouth area is recommended.

Tea Tree Oil has a green woody, medicinal scent and is known as a middle note being Australia’s SUMMER SNOW!

Kid Safe: yes

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Melaleuca alternifolia
An Old Tea Tree in the Wetlands Park in Maryborough Qld


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