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 Frankincense Tree in the desert

FRANKINCENSE OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Learn about Frankincense Oil

Frankincense is actually an aromatic resin obtained from the Boswellia trees by stripping the bark back and letting the resin to drip out and harden. The hardened streaks of resin are called tears. The dry resin is then steam distilled to obtain the essential oil.

There are five main species of the Boswellia that produce true Frankincense producing various grades depending on the time of harvesting. The resin is hand sorted for quality.

Most Frankincense comes from Somalia and India but also in Oman, Yemen and Western Africa. It has a trading history of more than 6000 years, used in many religious ceremonies, in perfumes, natural medicines and aromatherapy.

Botanical Name: Boswellia Carterii

Constituents of Essential Oil: a-pinene, *d-Limonene, p-cymene, Myrcene, B-caryophyllene

*Allergens – Natural components of Essential Oils

A-pinene is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits for diseases like arthritis and multiple sclerosis. It can help with pain relief. A-pinene seems to be antimicrobial. It works to improve focus, alertness and memory retention and energy. A-pinene has an uplifting effect to ease anxiety by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase. It has sedative properties to relax the muscles.

D-Limonene at approximately 14% in Frankincense Oil, unlike its high percentage in Orange and Lemon Oils, can also stimulate and uplift the senses. D-Limonene can assist with the a-pinene’s antimicrobial properties, clearing and bacteria and fighting free-radicals along with inflammation on skin and in muscles.

Frankincense is from Old French – franc encens – meaning “high-quality incense” the word “franc” meant “noble” or “pure”. It is also known as Olibanum, being Arabic – meaning “that which results from milking”. Frankincense Oil has a Base Note and was once a precious gift, now used world wide for its precious benefits. We call it our “Righteous Resin”.

Kid Safe: yes


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