Atlas Cedar ( Cedrus atlantica ) is a large tree of the Pinaceae family, originally from North Africa (Moroccan Atlas).
A true cedarwood oil comes from Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica), or its relative the Himalayan cedar (Cedrus deodara), and smells divine. Atlas cedar does smell woodsy, as ‘cedars’ do, but whereas Virginian cedar oil smells like pencils the Atlas smells sweet and balsamic.
Heavily-diluted cedarwood oil can be sprayed on a dog’s skin to kill existing fleas and prevent new ones from landing and biting. Cedarwood oil and cedar oil are also the best choices (along with regular vacuuming) for protecting a home.
What Atlas Cedarwood Essential is good for: Hair and Skin: Antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory. Great for bringing energy to the skin, balancing skin irritations, like acne and dermatitis.
Essential oils, properly used, are safe and effective for many routine issues, but there can be bad, even dangerous, reactions from people who are grossly misusing them. Our advice: Study up on the different oils, their risks and benefits; consult with a licensed aromatherapist, not only the distributor for a company. Always read the fine print on the bottle, look it up on the official internet website of the brand about how to use them.
A couple of simple tips (not a complete list), includes:
Do not apply undiluted essential oils to your skin.
Do not put drops of essential oil into a bath and then step into it.
Do not ingest essential oils unless advised to do so by a practitioner who is qualified/licensed to prescribe essential oils in this way.
It is not advisable to directly and intensively inhale essential oils for longer than 15-20 minutes.
Essential oils are flammable, and should not be used in any way that involves close proximity to a naked flame or similar fire hazard.
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