Atlantic Cedarwood Essential Oil

Botanical Name:
Cedrus atlantica
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Certified Organic
Overall Profile
Primary Constituents
beta himachalene
alpha himachalene
gamma himachalene
alpha E-antalone
delta cadinene
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Wholesale Organic Atlantic Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil

From Wholesale Essential Oils, 100% pure Cedarwood essential oil steam distilled. Our oil comes from the wood of Atlas Cedar trees grown in Morocco.This wildcrafted Cedarwood may be one of the only true Cedarwoods available today. With an exceptionally fine and beautifully well-rounded aroma it is one of the best choices for therapeutic applications of Cedarwood. The Moroccan variety is most closely related to Cedar of Lebanon and is a little more prominent in the higher notes with a fresh, sweet finish. We also offer a beautiful Himalayan Cedarwood which is fuller in the middle. This Cedarwood Essential Oil is available to sample and to bulk wholesale up to 1kg or more.


Our Cedar essential oil is steam-distilled from the heartwood of wild Atlas Cedar trees grown for this purpose in Morocco. The reddish-brown barked 'Atlas Cedar' tree is a large, (135-165 feet tall) pyramid-shaped evergreen conifer native to the Atlas mountains of Algeria and Morocco. A member of the pine family and a direct descendant of the Lebanon cedars, 'moroccan cedar' is not to be confused with the North American 'red cedar' tree in the cypress family. Red cedar produces an essential oil with an entirely distinct aromatic and therapeutic profile. See also, our Himalayan CedarwoodEssential Oil. It is also a true oil and equally exceptional with a deeper, softer and more woody aroma than the Moroccan which is brighter and has the classic "cedar closet" scent. Both exceptionally fine oils with beautifully well-rounded aromas and are the best choice for therapeutic applications of Cedarwood.

Aromatherapy Notes

This Cedarwood essential oil is yellow and viscous with a warm floral top note, a camphoraceous middle note and sweet, woody, balsamic undertones. In "Aromatherapy Anointing Oils" by Joni Keim and Ruah Bull, Cedar is noted as "One of the most powerful essential oils for subtle energy work. Cedarwood is grounding, clears away negativity and brings in positive energy. It promotes clarity of mind and invokes the presence and teachings of the Divine.” Its woody-sweet warm aroma blends well with Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Jasmine, Juniper, Clary Sage, Rosemary and Ylang Ylang.

Traditional Uses

Traditional Uses

Cedar essential oil has been used in medicine and cosmetics throughout the ages. Atlas cedarwood is believed to have been used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming purposes, cosmetics and perfumery.1 According to the Song of Solomon, cedarwood was used to build Solomon’s temple and symbolized abundance, fertility, and spiritual strength. In fact, the name Cedar can be traced back to the Arabic word kedron, which can be translated to ‘power’1. The essential oil was one of the ingredients of 'mithridat', a poison antidote used for centuries. Cedarwood has been used as a temple incense by Tibetan Buddhists for centuries to enhance mental strength, endurance and certainty.2 Use of cedar oil has also been documented in Europe to treat both bronchial and urinary tract infections.1

Therapeutic Properties Described in the Aromatherapy Literature

From The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy3:

  • Antiseptic, Astringent, Circulatory Stimulant, Diuretic, Expectorant, Fungicidal, Sedative, Aphrodisiac

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Encourages lymphatic drainage and may be used for the treatment of cellulite
  • Recommended for improving oily skin
  • Fortifying and strengthening and considered a stimulant of the body’s Qi
  • May be used to improve concentration, for general lethargy, and nervous debility
  • Atlas Cedarwood is “warming, harmonizing, and thought to be life giving”

Atlas Cedarwood in Research

Atlas Cedarwood oil has been found to have many therapeutic effects, including pain relief4, sedative5, antibacterial6, potential as a natural mouthwash7, and as a treatment for alopecia8.

Summary of Research Studies:

  • Mice recovering from surgery that inhaled Atlas Cedarwood oil showed significant reduction in hypersensitive pain behavior.4 A follow-up study found that this pain-relieving activity of cedar may be linked to the endocannabinoid system – the same system that interacts with CBD.5
  • Study in rats suggests that inhalation of Cedarwood oil may be beneficial to treat sleep disorders. Rats that inhaled the oil showed decreased motor activity and stayed asleep longer once they were asleep. This study also showed that the therapeutic effects of cedar oil go above and beyond the olfactory system – these effects were seen even in animals that could not smell.6
  • Cedarwood oil was found to have antimicrobial activity against multiple bacterial strains.7
  • Cedarwood, as well as cinnamon and lemongrass oil, was found to be effective against oral bacteria that cause tooth decay.8
  • Cedarwood oil in combination with thyme, rosemary, and lavender, showed significant improvement against hair loss (in patients diagnosed with alopecia areata) when applied to the scalp daily over a 7-month period.9

Application and Use


Generally a non-toxic, non-sensitizing non-irritant, Cedarwood essential oil should, however, be avoided during pregnancy.


1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holysitc Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Lawless, Julia. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism. Element, 1999.

3 Wildwood, Christine. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.

4 Martins, Daniel F., et al. “Inhalation of Cedrus Atlantica Essential Oil Alleviates Pain Behavior through Activation of Descending Pain Modulation Pathways in a Mouse Model of Postoperative Pain.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 175, 2015, pp. 30–38., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2015.08.048.

5 Emer, Aline Armiliato, et al. “The Role of the Endocannabinoid System in the Antihyperalgesic Effect of Cedrus Atlantica Essential Oil Inhalation in a Mouse Model of Postoperative Pain.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 210, 2018, pp. 477–484., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2017.09.011.

6 Kagawa, Daiji., et al. “The Sedative Effects and Mechanism of Action of Cedrol Inhalation with Behavioral Pharmacological Evaluation.” Planta Medica, vol. 69, no. 7, 2003, pp. 637–641., doi:10.1055/s-2003-41114.

7 Zrira, S., and M. Ghanmi. “Chemical Composition and Antibacterial Activity of the Essential of Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood Oil).” Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants, vol. 19, no. 5, 2016, pp. 1267–1272., doi:10.1080/0972060x.2015.1137499.

8 Chaudhari, Lalit Kumar D. “Antimicrobial Activity of Commercially Available Essential Oils Against Streptococcus Mutans.” The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, 2012, pp. 71–74., doi:10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1098.

9 Hay, Isabelle C., et al. “Randomized Trial of Aromatherapy. Randomized Trial of Aromatherapy. Successful Treatment for Alopecia Areata.” Archives of Dermatology, vol. 134, no. 11, Nov. 1998, pp. 1349–1352., doi:10.1001/archderm.134.11.1349.