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Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)

Atlas Cedar

Cedrus atlantica

Atlas Cedar ( Cedrus atlantica ) is a large tree of the Pinaceae family, originally from North Africa (Moroccan Atlas).

This huge and imposing tree, 25 to 50 metres tall, thrives in the mountainous areas of the Moroccan Middle Atlas between 1500 and 2000 metres in altitude. This species has also been introduced into France, forming magnificent forests.

Main aromatic molecules: Sesquiterpenes (α-himachalene, β-himachalene and γ-himachalene), sesquiterpenones, (α-atlantone and γ-atlantone), sesquiterpenols (atlantol)
Family: Pinaceae.
Producing organs: Wood.
Yield: 1kg of essential oil per 100kg of wood.
Equivalence : 1ml → 30 drops (dosage calculated for a calibrated dropper European Pharmacopoeia)

  • Bath Bath
  • Skin application Skin application
  • Oral route Oral route
  • Respiratory route Respiratory route

Main properties

Draining, lipolytic and tonic for the venous and lymphatic systems, Atlas Cedar fights against cellulite and oedemas. Mucolytic, decongestant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, it relieves and clears the respiratory tracts. It also effectively treats skin problems as it is antifungal, sanitizing, healing and regenerating for the scalp and the epidermis. Amazing hair conditioner, it strengthens and repairs dull and damaged hair.

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Itchy scalp
Blend 9 drops with Atlas Cedar essential oil in 30 ml of St. John's Wort plant oil (or sweet almond in case of sun exposure). Apply twice a week in a hair mask, leave for 20 to 30 minutes before shampooing.

Moth repellent
Inside the wardrobe, put 5 drops of Atlas Cedar essential oil on a piece of wood, a pebble or a tissue.

Productive cough
Blend 3 or 4 drops of Atlas Cedar essential oil in 8 drops of sweet almond plant oil, massage the thorax and the soles of the feet with this blend morning and evening for 5 to 7 days.

Always seek advise from your pharmacist or GP.

Precautions for use

Altas Cedar essential oil should not be used in high doses or for an extended period. (presence of ketones). The oral use is limited to to 1 drop 4 times a day during 3 days (presence of ketones, unpleasant taste). The olfactory route is is limited to 5 minutes.

Do not use :
in pregnant or breastfeeding women,
in children under 7,
in people allergic to any of those components,
in asthmatics without the advice of an allergist
in the epileptic people or people having a history of convulsive disorders.

Atlas Cedar, which can reach between 1500 and 2000 meters in altitude to 'wood eaters', xylophagous insects.  Along with cypress and sandalwood, it is part of the sacred grove trilogy of King Salomon's temple in Jerusalem.


Extracts from the book 'Aromatherapia - All about essential oils', by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book '41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently' and '48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy' by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.

The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.
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