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


Lavender field in flower at sunset

LAVENDER OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Learn about Lavender Oil Constituents and Benefits

One of the most widely used and versatile oils is from the Lavender plant with its sweet, floral-herbaceous scent, and balsamic-woody undertone.

Botanical Name: Lavandula Angustifolia

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is sometimes called “True Lavender” or “English Lavender”. It is steam distilled from the fresh flowering tops. Australia’s Lavender season starts in November through to March. The name Lavender comes from the Latin verb “lavare” which means “to wash”.

Constituents of Lavender Oil: *Linalool, Linalyl acetate, Cis-b-Ocimene, 3-Octanone, Terpinen-4-ol, a-terineol, Trans-b-ocimene, Camphor

* Allergens – Natural components of Essential Oils

Linalool being the main component of Lavender Oil, 30 – 45 %, is responsible for its calming and relaxing and sedative effects. Linalool can improve sleep and increase energy the following morning. It can be useful to reduce anxiety and may boost immune. It is also said to have very powerful anticonvulsant qualities. Linalool is useful for damping overreactive responses to injury or sickness or inflammation. In addition, the mosquitoes are do not like it.

Linalyl acetate is an ester of linalool, and the two often occur in conjunction. In Lavender it is approximately 25 – 45 %. Linalyl acetate assists the linalool with the anti-inflammation properties, also along with Cis-b-ocimene it assists with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial activity.

Lavender is skin preserving (cicatrisant) and has the ability to regenerate skin cells (cytophylatic) therefore assisting with healing, with less scaring. It can be balancing for sebum production while balancing the mind.

Lavender Oil is a Top to Middle Note and is known to be an “All Round Healer!”

Kid Safe: yes

(Plant Lavender for Love!)

LAVENDER OIL – Rainbow Skys Naturally


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